Colorado: New Perspectives

The San Juan forest and the mountains wind down around us, from mountains to mole hills. My head really starts to wrap around what we are doing with this journey. I had left Philadelphia only a month ago, never having driven on a dirt road before the trip, let alone traverse mountain passes. My learning…

Oklahoma Part 2. It’s Flat

It’s Flat Heres some Bison In other words, the roads are VERY straight and dusty, we spent a lot of time eating dust. Chelsea ended up with a nose bleed from it (or from picking her nose, the dust may be a coverup). Also, your vehicle or you (if you’re on bike) will turn into…

Oklahoma Part 1. Straw Family Farm

“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet When the wind comes right behind the rain.” Oklahoma is predictable.  I can look over the tall grass and still count on it being there 5 miles from now.  Look down the road, no traffic today.  Oh hey,…

Arkansas Part 3. From Oark and On

From the point you reach Oark, the rest of Arkansas starts to get pretty real. This part of the trail has so far been one of my favorites. Oark is a small town in the middle of the mountains, with one place to eat called the Oark Cafe. People travel to visit this little restaurant…

Arkansas Part 2. Kountry Kitchen Hospitality

“Bless ya hearts.” The saying has a sweetness like chocolate sauce over buttered biscuits. It has become my favorite thing to hear as we retell our story to staff and passerby as we swing over a hornet’s home beside the Kountry Kitchen Grill waiting for our car to get fixed. It was bound to happen,…

Arkansas Part 1. The Projects Over the Hills

 http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=5046 It exists. The poverty, the racism, the depression, it exists and it smacks whatever grandiose idealistic delusion you have of the “progress” we’ve made so far right out of your coffee cup. We rode through Helena, AR expecting more quaint historic downtowns and self-sufficient farmland, but instead we found crumbling facades. It’s alright Arkansas,…

I can’t Say Mississippi without also Spelling it Out in my Head.

days 1 and 2:We’re on our second day here in mississippi and its been a serious game-changer. We’ve spent the least amount of time on paved roads here so far than any other state reaching this point. A lot of logging roads, two track, and back country stone road.   This has also been the…

Tennessee Part 1. The Time a Creek Ate my Truck.

Well here I am, sitting in the absurd humidity after a night of torrential downpour and thunderstorms, in a small town in tennessee where the jack daniels distillery is apparently located. The distillery is located right along the trail in the town of Lynchburg, probably more on purpose than by accident on part of the creator…

Day Whatever, I give up: Side trip through North Carolina

After falling in love with the first AT thru-hiker town by Woods Hole, we followed the recommendation of a friend to visit Hot Springs, NC too.  It’s a pretty darn romantic place with 108 degree hot springs and secret sidewalks lined with magnolias.  NC was a much needed break for us where we could cheat…