Jimi and Penny


I met Jimi, Penny and their pet rat Logan on the streets of New Orleans. They rolled in on a freight train a few days earlier. Penny says he has been hopping trains for a […]

Jimi and Penny

I met Jimi, Penny and their pet rat Logan on the streets of New Orleans. They rolled in on a freight train a few days earlier.

Penny says he has been hopping trains for a few months now, but he has been for almost a year. Jimi has been traveling for the better part of two years. She took a few months to “kick it” in Los Angeles, but she says it’s good to be back traveling and in New Orleans.

Travelers are a group of homeless youth that – travel. It’s a nomadic lifestyle where they find community with others and purpose. Many were abused or neglected as children. Often thrown away by their parents fellow travelers become their family, and drug use helps to ease the pain of childhood trauma.

There is a very small group of travelers that hope trains by choice to see the world at a young age with little to no money. Jimi makes a good case for this. She wants to experience the world at a young age.

Penny says the lifestyle can be challenging. he says you learn to get by on very little good and that you also stop caring so much about personal hygiene. Jimi claims the lifestyle stops a person from being so materialistic.

Penny sings us a song at the end of this video so make sure to watch.

***This interview was recorded many years ago long before I started to ask people for their three wishes. I happened to find the file on an old hard drive. I am not sure why I stopped recording during Penny’s song and wish I had continued. I may have stopped recording by accident or the camera shut down. Not sure!

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