Drive it until it dies. That's the motto I lived by as my truck, Crash, crisscrossed the West. Family members would doubtfully ask, "Are you sure you want to drive there?" I did. Friends would ask about Crash's well being as though he was my aging dog. Though I knew the day was coming, I was still blindsided when the gears ground to a halt on my way to Yosemite. Could my belief in Crash transcend beyond the hulk of metal?


Direct download: CrashBurn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:30 PM

  • Yang- Glad you like the art. Email us (link under Story Suggestions) and we'll put you in touch with Walker. Thanks to everyone for the love!

    posted by: thedirtbag on 2012-10-09 03:47:55

  • Awesome episode! love the illustration too. . Is there a high res version? Love to get a T-shirt of that tacoma drawing.. It looks identical to my truck, even with the white high-res camper.

    posted by: yang on 2012-10-01 16:05:33

  • Loved it!

    posted by: Katie Jacobson on 2012-09-28 21:23:01

  • One of my favorite episodes ever. You said it perfectly: "Money spent living passionately is better than any piece of gear you can buy". Thanks for all of your hard work on the episodes and for all the great music. I've found some of my very favorite bands and songs from your podcasts. Keep it up!

    posted by: Erica on 2012-09-15 21:17:03

  • Hey Fitz, Another arresting, moving episode. The autobiographical tale that ties it all together is captivating, as always when you're narrating your life, but I also loved your contextualization of Adams's *Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico*. It takes commentary like that to pull Adams back from the world of pseudo-inspirational sayings on office wall posters to that of the abiding passion for wilderness and the West that was his. Many thanks. Cannon

    posted by: Cannon on 2012-09-14 16:53:20

  • Thank you, I enjoyed this very much. What's missing from your story is a picture of Crash!

    posted by: Brian on 2012-09-13 19:09:30

  • Like Bob, this may be my favorite yet. Life as truck, I guess. How it's important to grow up and it's important to keep the faith, but most importantly, how necessary it is not to surrender one for the other. Thank you for sharing!

    posted by: Colleen on 2012-09-11 16:57:49

  • I've been listening to the Dirtbag Diaries for a long time now, but this is my favorite episode of all time. Thanks for sharing these stories and your life with us.

    posted by: Bob on 2012-09-09 18:33:48

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