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Hey Team,

I was JUST about to hit (and by hit I mean sleep on) the hay (and by hay I mean couch) when I realized I hadn’t written anything today. I didn’t really sleep last night before catching two planes to New York and of course the sleep you get on a plane is pretty sketchy at best so the days just kind of ran together.

Here’s the update but I have something else I want to focus on: I’m in New York now and at 7am I’m supposed to meet the New York Road Runners on the second floor of the Empire State Building to help volunteer for the race to the top that they organize every year. Hopefully this will result in crossing off number six and bringing me one step closer to home.

Ah, home. That’s what I want to talk about…kinda. Tomorrow (well, probably “today” for most of you guys unless you happen to read this within two hours of me posting it) is “Super Tuesday” and the day that my home state gets to throw in it’s 82 million cents (two cents per person?).

Obviously I’ve heard a lot of different political views in my travels and a More >


#22 Be a guest on a talk show BONUS #5 Enter a hotdog eating contest! [podcast]

Hey Team,

Here’s the Amtrekker cut of the Fox Business News’ “Happy Hour” program! It’s a little too long for youtube to accept so I’ll have to work on an alternative for some of you folks. (ahHA! Here’s a link that might work for some of you peeps.) But for the rest of you normal people…


Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT1_1 = { params : { wmode : "opaque", allowscriptaccess : "always", allownetworking : "all", allowfullscreen : "true"}, flashvars : { file : "http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amtrekker.com%2Findex.php%3Fxspf%3Dtrue%26id%3D30", volume : "80", bufferlength : "5", controlbar : "over", 'logo.hide' : "false", shuffle : "false", playlist : "bottom"}, attr : { id : "WT1", name : "WT1"}, start : function() { swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.amtrekker.com/wp-content/uploads/player.swf", "WT1_1", "437", "522", "9.0.0", false, this.flashvars, this.params , this.attr ); } } WT1_1.start();

I’m done.


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How-to: Travel on a Dime

Hey Team,

Ever stop and ask yourself, “How the crap am I going to get from New York City to Louisville, Kentucky without any money?”

Yeah, me too.

So here are a couple tips. First: craigslist. In the rideshare section you should hunt down an awesome family that is moving to Colorado from Long Island to restart their lives. Make sure they are driving two cars (preferably a big box truck and a Toyota Forerunner).

Now, at some point, the Forerunner ought to run out of gas by the side of the freeway despite the gas gauge (or gasometer as I like to call it) insisting a quarter of a tank exists.

When that happens I highly recommend running a mile in freezing weather during a light snow flurry (that stings your eyes with every step) to make it to the nearest gas station, where you can borrow a gas tank and catch a ride back to the downed vehicle with a reluctantly nice guy, thus saving the day in a VERY minor way.

I would also like to recommend that when you make a pit stop in the middle of the night to rearrange drivers you might want to watch one of the cats you More >

Hotdog Television Live

Hey Team,

I just had the halfway-across-the-country trek of a lifetime with a REALLY cool family that I hooked up with via craigslist.org but since I promised more info on the Fox Business folk that story will have to wait until tomorrow.

So let’s just jump right into one of the most epic Amtrekker happenings so far:

You kids know the basics. Paul Porowski wrote me early in the week when he found out I was in New York and then took it upon himself to get me on “Happy Hour,” where he’s the associate producer…y’know, like a true Team Amtrekker champ does.

So once things were locked in and Fox knew where to send the car to pick me up (To which I said, “Wait…what?!”) I went into full bore planning mode; i.e. I sat on my computer all day updating some of the behind the scenes stuff on my site not realizing that I didn’t have any clean clothes.

So naturally, about an hour before the car was supposed to pick me up I smelled my shirt and panicked.

A rushed trip to the Laundromat and a frantic run back to meet the car later I was ready to spread some Totally Rad and tell the More >

Talk Show Eating Contest (wait…that sounds wrong)

Hey Team,

I don’t have time to tell you all how awesome my experience with Fox Business and the “Happy Hour” crew was but suffice it to say I can’t thank Paul, Jen, Nicole, Tracy and (to a lesser degree that cheater) Cody enough. I found a spontaneous ride to Chicago tonight in an effort to get closer to Kentucky and a coal so I’ll give them all a proper blogging tomorrow but here’s the video of my segment courtesy of the Fox Business Network!

Thanks everyone!

I’m done.Brett.



Extra-Happy Hour

Hey Team!

Here’s the scoop. Thanks to Paul Porowski, Assistant Producer for Fox Business News’ “Happy Hour” (and now an official member of Team Amtrekker) I’m going to be interviewed by Cody Willard on the show at 5pm est today (I think it replays around 11 also)!

Yeah, I know…”Kinda short notice, Brett. You suck.” Cut me some slack team, I was holding out for official confirmation. So, go hunt down the FBN network, fire up your favorite DVR and get ready to transfer some Amtrekker action to the webbernets so I can see how big a fool I make of myself on national television.

Okay, I’ve got to go see if I can hunt down a clean t-shirt.

I’m done.





Hey Team,

I had a pretty strange New Years (which I suppose should be expected by now). I wasn’t able to get in touch with the people I actually came out to New York to meet up with but I did manage to meet up with one of my old roommates from college (sounds like something from a preppy movie).

I wanted to check out Times Square and the ball drop (since it’s so iconic and all) so I wandered over in that direction around 1o’clock and there was already an ENORMOUS throng of people. There was still some room to get a good spot…if I were that guy that was capable of standing around for 11 hours waiting for something exciting to happen.

So, I went wandering in search of excitement and found one of those things that I think is incredible and that precious few others will even care exists. At the New York Public Library they had an exhibit on Jack Kerouac that had the actual scroll that he wrote the first draft of “On The Road” on in 1951.

The quick story: Kerouac wrote the first draft of “On The Road” in three weeks on 10 twelve foot rolls of paper that he More >

Paging Butt

Hey Team,

I seem to be in New York. I’m not sure how these things happen. A few hours ago I was still in the relative warmth and comfort of California and undecided as to what New Year’s Eve would bring.

Last night I finally decided to cash in on an offer to join some people in Times Square for New Years (it being so iconic and all) and thanks to Spence and a buddy pass issued to Butt Rounsaville (no joke), I’m sitting in La Guardia Airport typing this update.

I’m not sure what amazes me more. That thanks to an ever growing network I have no qualms about jumping on a plane and heading to a frozen wasteland like New York (you heard me) and assuming I’ll have a place to stay. Or that Butt Rounsaville can check in for his flight in Sacramento, go through an intensive “random” security check with TSA and board two different planes without ever being questioned as to why his ID insists his name is Brett.

Best moment of the night:

[Over the PA in Sacramento]

“Could passenger Rounsaville, B– HAHA–”

“Could passenger Rounsaville please report to the service counter.”


Okay, so if anyone is near the NYC area give More >

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