Category: Thought of the Day

The thought that has been rattling around in my head all day.

T.O.D.- Bear!

I was hiking along just below a ridge when I heard a rustling in the woods ahead and to my right. It was just before dark and I looked up just in time to see a 500 pound black bear…

T.O.D.- The Trail

I’ve been thinking of the AT as a destination for some time now. However, it’s really just the start of my journey…another milestone to be reached. The terrain is much more challenging, but so much more rewarding. My first view…

Chill Dude

There are few things in life worth getting worked up about. There are even fewer that actually need you to be stressed over. Things like a Nuclear Reactor casualty drill or a broached sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic…

Hogs Gone Wild

Wild hogs are a menace in the south. They chew up crops and are downright dangerous. I had my introduction to them in central Florida when I met a couple hunters that needed help dragging a 200 lbs hog out…

T.O.D.- Endurance

On an ironic note, I made friends with several dogs today as I was getting water as opposed to my normal aggressive approach…turns out there’s more than one way to quiet a barking dog. I’m still sticking with my 5…

Bad Dog

Domestic dogs are a huge annoyance to cyclists and hikers. I have been chased by pit bulls, german shepherds, labs, and even dogs in packs. I’ve never been attacked. Here’s the mindset/method I use to deter them. Before you folks…

Alabama Roads

Alabama has a different standard for roads. This was obvious the second I passed the “Welcome to Alabama” sign. Things we take for granted like signs, lines, and actual pavement aren’t standard fare. That’s ok though, because there isn’t really…

Bicycles Rock

Getting back on the trail felt awesome. The bike performed great. It was such a rush putting pavement behind me at 20 mph as opposed to 3 mph. In a half day, I covered what would have been a miserable…

Get Moving!

I finished the Florida section of the Eastern Continental Trail on April 26, 2011. This segment took me from the tropical party city of Key West, through the forests and swamps of Florida, and across the gulf islands to Pensacola.…