My name is Rajam Roose and I spent my youth in North Alabama hiking and rafting. As a kid, I would put my doll in a shoe box and watch her travel the world with not much but the clothes on her back.

In my early teenage years, my rebellious nature sent me to a wilderness school for 18 months where I lived with other teens in cabins that we designed and built ourselves.

When I was 20 years old, my dream of traveling became reality. The experience of growing up in a poor household made it easy, and even preferable, to travel with few possessions.

The adventures and experiences I had were so incredible I immediately put them to paper where they languished for years before being noticed by a freelance editor (After sharing my stories on the once popular hitchhiker's website, Digihitch) from Random House who helped polish the stories into a book.

I currently reside in San Diego and founded the San Diego Pain Summit, LLC, a series of conferences to help clinicians learn how to bridge the chasm between research and clinical practice. 

Although I no longer hitchhike, I still enjoy traveling.

My traveling companion, Jambalaya, who lived to be twelve years old.

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