Thursday, March 13, 2008
The conversation continues
This is the final post for the Exchange Notebook.

For the last 18 months, we've used this blog to help highlight some of the best iReports we've received from CNN.com readers. We want to thank you for being a part of it, and tell you about the next exciting phase of iReports.

We've launched a new site called
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We've been working really hard on iReport.com. It’s a place for news, powered by you, the iReport community. Your photos, video and stories take center stage.

We've got a brand new place to showcase incredible stories for our iReporters and give the community updates on our progress. Check out the new iReport blog.

So please join us at iReport.com. We can't wait to see your amazing stories.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
I-Reporter hits (and lives) the road
Bread truckHave you ever had the urge to chuck everything and just go on the road to explore the country? Well, Angel Hess had that urge too, and he actually did it. Hess sent us an I-Report photo of his truck earlier this week and his story is truly one-of-a-kind.

Two years ago, he bought a purple 1953 bread truck, and set out on the road. He has been traveling from coast to coast, starting at the northernmost point of California. He uses his blog and Craigslist to find places to park for a few weeks, and other donations for his trip. Hess says, "I always say that I wanted to own a house and this is the way I'm doing it now."

Once a design school student, Hess takes pictures all along his journey, and posts them on his Web site. One picture with a prime spot shows him with his truck, as the New York City marathon goes by.

Bread truckHis Web site shows a map all of the places he has stopped over the first three months of his trip. After spending a while in Brooklyn, he has since headed south, stopping in North Carolina.

Hess is currently in South Carolina, on the way to Georgia. Eventually he thinks he will probably head back west, where the solar panels he uses for energy will be stronger.

"I'm just trying to find nice people along the way and make friends," he says.
Catch up with Hess’s exploits on his travel blog, purple53.com.

Got a great travel story to share? Send us your photos and videos and document your trips as you go. Visit ireport.com to upload your stories. Comment below with your own stories you'd like to share.
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