Alive and kicking

The fugitives project  has definitely run into its shares of obstacles.  Kind of resembles summer road construction season!  A few spots of slow traffic, some detours, even a road or two closed on occasion.

But, I’m certainly feeling a renewed sense of energy around the project which excites me a great deal.

Part of our struggle is that it can be a challenge to get four (or more) creatives booked for the same chunk of time – and a significant chunk of time at that.  As a matter of fact, our musician is currently out on a different road doing a west coast tour.  A solution we’re thinking about is to split the project into two or three segments.  Making the time commitment a little less painful for our artists.

In the long run, this should actually give us more time on the Meridian and additional perspectives by bringing in more creatives.  Both are really great outcomes.

We’re still posting small snippets and observations on our Twitter feed and on Facebook  Hope you’ll follow us there!

Always looking for creatives along the way, please contact us at

– PJ


Whisper from the road

“Vast miles of nature at seemingly infinite sleep
meets a floating sea of grey sky.
Though in the midst of this, a highway
a reminder life keeps moving
and in my heart a whisper,
do not let it pass you by.”   — Jen



The day of the mini-tour to Fargo was a bit gloomy without much color.  Most of the snow is gone in this photograph, but winter still has a strong hold on the land.  Jen’s words are so fitting to the mood.  We are all so excited to get on the road to see, learn and create.

— PJ


Mini-tour recap coming

We’ve all had busy agendas after returning from our practice run to Fargo last Wednesday.  We’ll be giving some of our impressions and thoughts about how they day went shortly.

However, all in all, it was a great day of learning.  Joshua gave a great show at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor and we were well received.  We’ve definitely decided we’ll do at least one more practice run (probably the other direction to Yankton, SD) before the real trip


In the meantime, here is one of the stops along the way.  Just off the Meridian in Sisseton, SD is the Nicollet Tower which rises some 80 feet above the edge of the Couteau Des Prairies.  Here’s Joshua 60 feet below the top with Raymond and I looking down.  He was a bit behind due to a pressing call of nature (sorry, Joshua, I couldn’t resist!)

More soon!    PJ

Last touches on the Mini Tour (practice run)

The Fugitives had a final planning meeting preparing for our first practice run on the Meridian Highway.  On Wednesday, March 26th, we’ll depart the historic Goss Opera House and travel from Watertown, SD to Fargo, ND to see how things fall together.

Joshua will play a concert that evening in Fargo at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor starting at 7:30.  We’d love you to join us and talk with the entire team about the Forgotten Highway Project.

The Fugitives

The Fugitives (left to right) Patrick, Jen, Joshua and Raymond

We expect to learn a lot about how a day on the Meridian will go for us.  Watch here for some of the results of this first trip in the near future —  Patrick

Mini Tour March 26 to Fargo

The Fugitives are happy to announce that we’ve got the date set for the “test run” mini tour on the Meridian Highway.

Wednesday, March 26th, we’ll travel from Watertown to Fargo on the Meridian Highway through places such as Sisseton, New Effington, Rosholt, White Rock, Fairmount, Wahpeton, Dwight, Abercrombie and Christine.  If you are in or near any of these towns/cities, please let us know!

Joshua will perform at Red Raven Espresso Parlor on Main Avenue in Fargo starting at 7:30 pm.  Please join us to listen to his fantastic music and talk to us about the project!

Red Raven

Planning stops for the Meridian Project

Here are Fugitives, Joshua and Patrick, kicking back at the Goss Opera House with tea and coffee. They were digging in to details on the old maps (1925 and 1927) and trying to figure out “end of the day stops” for the Meridian Project.

The idea is to travel most of one day in one of our states on the way (Texas gets more, lots of highway there!) and then find a stopping point in the evening where Joshua will play a show.  We’ll be trying to meet people and learn stories during that time as well.

Patrick and JoshuaRight now for the first half of the trip, stopping points appear to be Grand Forks, ND; Yankton, SD; Salina, KS; El Reno, OK; Hillsboro, TX and Laredo, TX.  First stop on the return will be Austin, TX and perhaps following a second branch of the Meridan to Galveston, TX.  We’ll keep working the logistics and hopefully solidify these stops soon.

If you happen to know of a venue for live music in one of these cities (or close by) let us know.  We’d also love to hear if you happen to know some interesting facts about these stops.

More updates soon.


Dreamers following dreamers

The fugitives have a dream of making a journey this summer to follow the Meridian Highway.  There are days that this seems like such a huge dream, that it is hard to image how we can even pull it off.

However, in a way, we are dreamers following dreamers.

A little over one hundred years ago, in 1911, a group of “Good Road” boosters had a grandiose dream of a north-south automobile route through the central United States (and eventually from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada to Mexico City in Mexico). I can’t imagine the obstacles they had to overcome.

The Meridian Highway was a charter member of the American Highway Association which was a federation of the trunk line highways in the United States.  They worked to form a federal system of highways to be hard surfaced and maintained by the government directly.

We have much to owe these pioneers for the ability to travel the way we do today and unfortunately, I think we take it for granted!

The Meridian Road Association saw their dreams through and the Fugitives intend to follow their example!


Chasing parhelion along the Meridian and thinking about THE summer adventure

The planning is constantly going on behind the scenes and excitement is ramping up.  The summer really isn’t all that far away when you are planning a big project like the Fugitives on the Forgotten Highway.

Parhelia over the MeridianThe other day it was brutally cold and as the sun was setting there were very intense sun dogs (parhelion) on either side.  Decided perhaps a “pre-journey” photograph of the Meridian Highway just south of Watertown, South Dakota was in order.

Even though it is ridiculously cold, the road is beckoning…