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Iron Katy

Hey Team,

I just spent the last week back out on the road again and I’m sad to report that in a lot of ways I felt more at home out traveling than I do back in Fresno. Granted I haven’t lived in Fresno since I graduate high school back in the day and traveling is still fresh in the brainscape but I was still a little surprised.

After the haunted house experience I hightailed it to Tempe, AZ to watch Katy compete in her second Ironman.

Let me explain something first: I have a peculiar personality quirk that only my close friends and family TRULY understand and I’m not even sure I can explain it properly without sounding like a tool. Basically, I blame 1980s cartoons. You couldn’t watch three episodes of any of those shows without being fed the line, “You can do anything you set your mind too.”

And like a sucker, I believed them.

As a result here I am at 27 and I still don’t take many activities seriously. I think, “Well, if it’s possible then why WOULDN’T I be able to do it? Let’s go!” Some things obviously take more work than others but to this day I feel More >

Back on the Train

Hey Team,

It’s official, for the first time in MONTHS I’m back on a train! Man I missed these things. Lots of legroom, a little outlet right next to my seat for Charley to suck dry, and seats wider than my tiny little backside.

Style.

I wasn’t able to pull together enough cash for another rail pass but I did get enough for a one-way ticket to Michigan to make the crop circle happen! (Thanks a TON to everyone that donated this week! You guys are amazing. Seriously…one full ton of thanks.) And in a startling turn of luck (the kind that I often have to ignore else I start to think the world really does revolve around me) a team of endurance racers (www.24hoursoflemons.com) and I came to an agreement on transportation westward after the MI. I’m picking up a 1984 Cadillac hearse in Indianapolis later this week that they need to have in San Francisco around the end of the month. As a result I get a cool ride to the last couple destinations I need to hit in the Midwest with Team Do or Die buying the gas and they get their car delivered to San Francisco by a trustworthy More >

#50 Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon! [podcast]

Hey Team,

Obviously my self imposed deadlines have been a joke since I bought the Greyhound bus pass. BUT, never fear…the videos are still coming. I just get fewer opportunities to team up with Charley and get them done lately.

Oh, look! Here’s one right here! Handy.

“Team Amtrekker travels to the Grand Canyon National Park on a three day journey to the world’s most famous hole in the ground!

Immense beauty and heavy breathing ensues.”

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AND, as usual…here’s the youtube link.

Thanks!

I’m done.

Brett.

If you enjoy the podcasts…why not donate?

Don’t let me stop you.

The Grandest of Holes in the Ground

Hey Team,

I’m back! Long story short: The Grand Canyon hike was incredible. Period.

Long story long (You guys didn’t actually think you’d get away with a short story did you?):

First of all, the permits for the Grand Canyon campgrounds only allow for up to eleven people in a group so I’m sorry to anyone that really wanted to go. Originally I was hoping to make it a much bigger meet-up but it just wasn’t possible. I guess we’ll have to make the end of Amtrekker extravaganza that much bigger!!!

The permit was filled quickly with friends and family that I hadn’t seen much of in the last year. Besides myself, Mom and Popamtrekker both made it out to the most famous of holes in the ground. Nate, Saadia, Erica, Cody and Rebecca (All of whom you saw in the sandboarding video!) were there. Spence (the dude that gave me the green Captain America shirt and another of my best friends) and Jaime (a good friend that just recently made it back to the US after a four year stint with the army in Germany) and Katy Moe (a friend from high school that I literally hadn’t seen in eight years but was More >

Days You’re Going to Need Time Off!

Hey Team,

It looks like tomorrow I’m going to head back towards New York unless something more interesting presents itself. I don’t have to be at the Colbert Report (just watching) until the 23rd so I’m open to travel just about anywhere to cross something off the list. Taxes are done. I’m almost caught up on the site (relatively speaking). The Roller Coaster podcast will be up tomorrow. So on to the exciting news.

I’m making an executive decision. The hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (#50) will happen on the weekend of May 31st. One week after Memorial Day. Anyone that is interested in going just email me. EVERYONE interested is happily invited to take part. I’m leaning towards the Havasu Falls hike but I’m completely open to suggestion.

There’s your news. Run with it. Go ask for time off. Go do some walking practice. Stock up on any equipment you think you’ll need. Wean yourself from technology’s insatiable grasp.

Okay, Less talk, more action. Let’s go, Team.

I’m done.

Brett.

If you’d like to help make sure I get to the Grand Canyon to join you that donation button is just a click away!

Don’t let me stop you.

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