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Two brothers embark on trip across country

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014

Monica Kreber/Journal Scene The day before they leave, Mac and Mike McCullough chat over Mac’s truckful of camping gear.

Right now Mac and Mike McCullough are probably in Mac’s truck, driving toward San Antonio.

The brothers – Mac is a Summerville resident and Mike is from New Jersey – are embarking on what Mac calls “an odyssey.”

Just a mere few weeks ago Mike called his brother to tell him he had an item on his bucket list he really wanted to pursue. Mike hopes to visit various places in the country and camp out at every destination.

On May 20, Mac could be found mowing his lawn as he waited for his younger brother to arrive in a rental car. Mike’s arrival brought hugs, laughter and an eagerness to get Mike’s stuff unpacked and into Mac’s truck for the big adventure.

The two affectionately refer to each other as “broski”.

The McCullough brothers, both retired (although they work part-time jobs), got the okay from their wives and will be camping in more than 10 states across the country. Mike went on a similar journey in 1986 when he drove across the country but really wanted to do this with his brother and have the chance to visit their older brother Bob when they reached California. “That’s what I want to get out of it,” Mike said. “I want to do my bucket list and see my brother.”

They had plans to leave Wednesday morning for Suwannee River State Park in northern Florida, with New Orleans and San Antonio the next stops.

By afternoon May 24 they plan to be in the El Paso, Texas area. From there they will continue on to Phoenix. They will leave there on Memorial Day with plans to arrive in Los Angeles to visit Bob and his wife Pat.

The McCulloughs’ adventure does not end in Los Angeles. They will venture through California to Washington up the Oregon coast, one of the most beautiful highways in the world according to Mac.

One of their main stops is going to be Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, where Mike used to work. Then the avid outdoorsmen are going to start traveling back east and hit up Yellowstone National Park and Devils Tower in Wyoming, Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and then “who knows where” after that, Mike said.

The trip should wrap up in mid-June, with Mac dropping off Mike in New Jersey, visiting more family in that area and then coming home to Summerville.

Visiting Mount Rainier is a big must-see for Mike. Mac is excited to see Little Big Horn Battlefield because Colonel Custard’s last stand was June 25 and that is Mac’s birthday.

Mac’s biggest worry evolves around his truck and hoping it will hold up for the whole trip. Otherwise the two brothers are excited. “I haven’t thought about any of it being hard,” Mac said. “It’s just an adventure. None of it scares me.”

Mike said camping is “the greatest fun.”

“There’s nothing better than sleeping in a tent at nighttime out in the wilderness,” he said.

Both brothers said they are drawn to nature.

“It’s just so beautiful,” Mac said. “The country, in and of itself, it’s beautiful.”

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