For sunrise No. 2,000* I will be 1,024 miles from home. One mile for each dollar contributed.

Sunrise No. 2,000 is June 22.

I have days to plan a sunrise 1,024 miles away.

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Fuel the road with some snacks and a coffee...

The destination will be somewhere along the perimeter of this purple circle.

Possible destinations include: Chinook, MT; Greybull, WY; Colorado Springs, CO; Mangum, OK; Winnsboro, TX; Shreveport, LA; Laurel, MS; Troy, AL; Mt. Vernon, GA; Charleston, SC; North Battleford, Saskatchewan and Saint John, New Brunswick

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To date, the furthest sunrise since the inception of YOTS, is Belle Isle, 363 miles away from Marquette, as the crow flies. That all changes in June.

How is it that Sunrise 1,000 was now one thousand sunrises ago? I made a big fuss of 1,000, I might as well make a big fuss of 2,000.

It’s time for a road trip. For a project that began with mini road trips every New Year’s Day, it’s the best way I know how to celebrate these milestones.

Frankly, another one thousand sunrises later, I feel I’ve put in the work and am overdue for a sizable road trip. There have been many road trips around the Great Lakes, but it’s time for something different. To date, I have only watched sunrise from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Two thousand mornings and I haven’t left the Great Lakes Region, I think it’s time.

This year’s Summer Solstice (4:50 PM on June 20) occurs just two days before No. 2,000. It seems fitting that I somehow include this in the road trip. Perhaps I depart early the morning of the Solstice, or head out the day before and wake up somewhere entirely new far, far away.

sunrises to go. Let’s get somewhere new.

Here is some early thinking of potential routes

  1. Drive to Winnipeg and take a train from Winnipeg to Churchill, where I could maybe see some polar bears. It's an overnight train ride, so I could do two sunrises from the train, one on the way there, and one on the way back.
  2. Drive south. Along the way I could do a sunrise in Chicago for a cityscape, catch one in the Smokey Mountains, and finish at the ocean. City. Forest. Ocean.
  3. Drive straight east through Maine and take a ferry to Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick and stay the night on the island. What a beautiful coastal island with iconic lighthouses. On the way back I could catch a long awaited sunrise at Cadillac Mountain Maine, for the first sunrise of the day in the United States.
  4. Head southwest and find myself near Colorado Springs. I could begin with a sunrise in Green Bay and include a sunrise in the farmland of the greatly underrated plains, and an excursion for a sunrise at Carhenge in Nebraska
  5. Heading west but staying further north could begin with a sunrise in Duluth, a Superior sunrise which is the home of this project. Then I could do an urban sunrise in Minneapolis, followed by a sunrise in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And find myself somewhere in the dead center of Wyoming. A "see where I end up" kind of thing.

Make your best pitch, where should I go for Sunrise 2,000?

How will this work?

  • For every dollar contributed, I will drive one mile further from Marquette.

  • For sake of ease, final location will be the distance “as the crow flies” rather than driving distance.

  • Mileage will be cutoff on May 31, then I’ll have three weeks to plan.

  • As to where I go, I won’t be announcing it, and you can follow along on Instagram and Twitter to see where I end up.

  • While it’s all an approximation, the perfectionist in me will try to make it as close as possible, but I don’t want to end up in the middle of a lake, or middle of the ocean.

  • Beginning with two nights away, I anticipate an extra night of lodging for every 500 miles contributed. This will actually allow for multiple new sunrise locations on my way to and from No. 2,000.

Slowly, very slowly, I’ve caught up and become more efficient with prints, sunrise cards, and the like. I’ll be sure to make a special sunrise card for 2,000 to send your way.

* Yes, if you’ve followed for a while you now know there’s an asterisk involved. It’s no longer consecutive sunrise 2,000, but it is 2,000th attempt, the 2,000th of this journey, and will hopefully be 1,999/2,000 watched and documented. That’s a 99.95% success rate. Read more…

A look back at sunrise No. 1,000

Leading up to No. 1,000 I had several wonderful conversations with Danny Freedman who wrote this piece for Hour Detroit.

Additionally, this feature from Pure Michigan nicely documents a portion of Sunrise No. 1,000.