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#18 Pet a sloth [podcast]

Hey Team,

Here it is! #18 Pet a sloth is deader than disco. Check it out!

Let me know what you guys think and don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any problems viewing the video! This is still kind of a learning process. Comment! It’s what gets me through the day.

I’m done.


Welcome to the wonderful world of the kindness of strangers:

Why NOT be a kind stranger?

If you knock me on my butt, do I not bleed?

Hey Team,

I’ve been in Ohio for a while now, but it’s been another one of those places where I’ve met a ton of amazing people that keep me so busy I don’t even have time to run away.

I even got to play a hard core game of broom ball the other day in which I managed not only to make a fool of myself but also to rip yet another hole in my soon to be retired pants and bleed down my own leg. Turns out broomball is kind of a misleading name. First of all…no brooms. What the crap’s up with that? Also people seem to get just as much enjoyment out of knocking you on your butt as they do hitting the ball. So, I’m going to propose the name “Wet-ass ball.” Any thoughts?

I have some footage of that too. I’m working on the sloth petting video right now, but hopefully I’ll be able to toss a wet-ass ball video up on the site shortly after that one.

Speaking of videos, you’ve probably noticed a few changes to the site this week…hence the slow down in stories. From now on the newest video will be the first thing you More >


Hey Team,

One of the most common questions I get asked on this trip is, “Which one of the things on your list do you think will be the hardest to accomplish?” The unfortunate thing about today is now I’m going to actually have to think about my answer next time someone asks that question. My stock answer for the last couple months has been “#18 Pet a sloth.” But take a look at this picture!!!

That’s Doug from the Cincinnati Zoo on the left, you might recognize me on the right and that chick hanging out center frame is my new best friend Mo! (She’s slow…get it?)

The day started out bright and early with a drive to the Cincinnati Zoo where we met Dan Marsh, the Assistant Director of Education, who introduced us to Doug Feist (Yeah, that Doug.) the Animal Manager. Words like incredible, knowledgeable and friendly don’t do justice to either one of them, they both went above and beyond to let me have my little moment of sunshine and I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not a talented enough writer to aptly describe how much I appreciate it.

Mo had much longer and softer fur than I had More >

Quick Miami U Update

Hey Team,

After a whirlwind adventure involving my couch surfing host dropping me off in the middle of nowhere to catch a shuttle that never materialized, grabbing a ride with a woman who was having car trouble at the gas station, walking on the side of the freeway for 2+ hours in downtown nowhere and finally getting picked up by this weeks team mate, Olivia…I’ve finally made it to Miami University and I’m ten short hours from petting Mo the Cincinnati Zoo’s resident sloth!

How freakin’ excited am I? Very. Very freakin’ excited.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, even involves a gate code and some behind the scenes wanderings…at an EARLY hour.

Olivia and company have me pretty busy so this is all you kids get for an update before some high quality Mo shots tomorrow!

Did I mention I was excited?

Don’t worry this message wont self-destruct…

I’m done.


Go Fly Zone

Hey Team,

The day I gave up on traveling by air is the day it all fell into place. I was flying from Orlando to Dayton, OH one way (which of course means I was going to be super-searched because everyone knows terrorists fly one way) and thanks to my previous experience with TSA I had finally decided, “Eff those guys. If they’re going to want everything out of my bag and all of my liquids thrown away they can do it themselves.”

So I rolled up to an extra long security line that didn’t seem to be moving and handed my ticket to the TSA agent at the end of the line. Sure enough, I was pulled out for a thorough ion scan and delousing…which in this case meant I skipped to the front of the line! AND thanks to shoddy security NOTHING was taken out of my bag and none of my oversized liquids were thrown away.

Lesson learned: The harder you make TSA’s job the less likely they are to do it. Seems obvious now that I know.

I got on the plane flying stand-by without any problem and was assigned an extra roomy exit row aisle but before I could even More >

Tubing down the Chattahoochee! [Podcast]

Hey Team,

Here’s the podcast for #1! Tubing down the Chattahoochee! Watch it here or better yet head over to iTunes, subscribe, download and watch it whenever you want! Enjoy!

If you missed any of the earlier videos you can grab most of those from iTunes too or you can follow this link to the Amtrekker channel over at youtube. Don’t forget to leave comments and let me know what you like and what you don’t. If you’re shy you can always email me at brett@amtrekker.com.

Quick Update: I made it to Columbus, Ohio after THE smoothest flying experience I’ve ever had. I fill you in with the details tomorrow…there’s videos to be watched today, get busy!

I’m done.


Welcome to the wonderful world of the kindness of strangers:

Why NOT be a kind stranger?

The Other Orange County

Hey Team,

Just a quick update to keep all you hip kids “in the know.” I’m sitting in the Orlando airport, it’s 4am and I have a flight to Ohio at 7am. And if everything goes well, by next weekend I’ll have knocked out the one thing on my list I was most concerned with pulling off! That’s right, you guessed it (I don’t actually know if you did. I can’t hear you, but I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.) I get to pet a sloth!

And as exciting as that is I have even more news. The “tubing down the Chattahoochee” podcast is all wrapped up and ready to be posted. I just need to find a little more bandwidth so I can ship it off to the interwebs where all you lucky folks can grab it! So hopefully late tomorrow after I get to Ohio.

And as exciting as that is I have even MORE news. There’s going to be a couple big-ish changes coming to the site in the next week. And you’ll be happy to hear that many of the changes are direct rip-offs of feedback you provided (that’s an over-arching “you the viewer” type More >


Hey Team,

It was looking pretty dicey for a while there. I showed up in West Palm Beach without any kind of plan and with no place to stay. What was I thinking? Excellent question. If I come up with an excellent answer I’ll let you know.

Regardless, a couch surfer swooped in at crunch-time and saved me from trying to find a nice soft spot on the ground to sleep on. Thanks, Rusty.

Now I’m in the middle of learning a very important lesson. I’ve been amazed over and over again how generous people have been on this trip. They hear my story and they leap forward to help in any way they can. It’s no secret I’ve been consistently floored by the kindness of strangers. That being said, I’ve been hung up on six times already today (but only three of them were the super impolite kind).

It seems people aren’t nearly as inclined to help if:

1. I don’t speak to them in person

2. The meeting isn’t a chance encounter

3. It’s not their idea to help

So, I seem to have wasted the better part of my day calling up dive shops and offering my help doing grunge work and my less than More >

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