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BBQ Blues and Blow Outs Road Trip to the AT

I am finally in Georgia. Sitting here in Dahlonega enjoying  a nice sunny day. Today is our rest day. The plan is to go through my gear one last time and get some last min items. How we got to Georgia was a good trip with some unexpected turns. Here is what happened.

My friend Chris and I left Kansas City around 9 am on Thursday morning. We drove all day and stopped in Memphis Tennessee. It was about an 8 hour drive. We decided to break p the trip and not drive the entire 14 hours all in one day. I think we are both very glad we did. We Got to Memphis around 7, checked into the hotel, and then head out to grab some dinner. The shuttle driver suggested a place called Cozy’s the place was fantastic. The food was excellent and to be honest the BBQ was better than of most places in Kansas City. We even got to talk with the owner for awhile and she told us that even her great grand kids where working there. It has been open for 35 years and it is a Must try if you are ever in or near down town Memphis.


BBQ Feast at Cozy’s


We got up on Friday morning and headed out to St Jude Children’s Hospital. It was an interesting experience. I had gone there as a child for my cancer treatments and the place has change to where I could hardly recognize it. A few of the buildings were the same, but the complex as at least three times larger than when I was there as a kid. It was great to see its growth knowing the amount of good they do in the world and have over the 20 years since my treatments.

St Judes

Adam in front of St Jude’s

Our next stop was to see the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel. A beautiful hotel in downtown Memphis where every morning they bring the ducks down an elevator and they parade them to a fountain in the main lobby. Every night they take them back upstairs to their little ducky living quarters.

Ducks in the fountain

Ducks in the fountain

Blues and Friend Catfish were calling so we headed down to Beale Street to get some great grub at BB Kings restaurant. It never lets ya down. An awesome atmosphere and even better food.

The legendary BB Kings

The legendary BB Kings


Beale Street

Beale Street

We finished up lunch and then headed back to get our car at the hotel. We set a course for Graceland to drive past to say that we saw it. On the way there we had a tire blow out on the off ramp to get to Graceland. So we spent the next few hours dealing with that. We finally left Memphis around five and began our drive to Dahlonega. It was a long drive through the Tennessee mountains in the dark. We arrived at 2:30 local time and pretty much crashed.


Keeping warm in the middle of a snow storm

photoOnly 16 days until the trail and there is so much to do and very little time left. I have spent most of the past few weeks snowed in. We have had more snow in the past 2 weeks than we have had in several years. Granted 16 inches isn’t a massive amount compared to some places in the continental United States. I have been having a constant battle with the city and they seem to be winning. Their trucks can plow more snow than I can shovel out of my driveway.

On Monday I was let go from work. I will not get into the details but needless to say it actually comes as a blessing. I had been planning on leaving anyway so in the end all things worked out in my favor. My stress level has gone down incredibly on the work side but is starting to increase as I get closer and closer to the trail. Packing of the pack, and continuous packing of resupply boxes and it just seems like nothing is getting done.

In other news today I booked my hotel room in Dahlonega Georgia. Dahlonega sits at the base of Springer Mountain the official Start of the AT.

More to come and maybe from GA?

My Tent and Sleeping Kit

In this video I go over my Shelter and my sleeping kit. What all are you using?

Happy trails

Lets go for an adventure

Hey everyone I wanted to share with you an article I wrote for’s November Newsletter. The article is titled Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail and can be read in full here.  Please enjoy.

Don’t forget that t-shirts are still available and my inventory is shrinking so get yours today!


Happy Trails


Hiking The Trail T-Shirts still Avilable

Hey everyone I just wanted to let you all that there are some t-shirts still available to order. There is only going to be 1 run of them. To order them head on over the t-shirts merchandise page.

Here are what I have left in the women’s shirts:  Small – 3 | Medium – 4 | Large – 5


Here are what I have left in the men’s shirts:   Large – 1 | XL – 2 | 2XL – 4


roceeds from the sale of the shirts will go toward funding my Appalachian Trail Thru-hike and a portion will go to The Dusty Camel Young Explorers Grant. All Shirts run small and are 100% cotton so wash accordingly.

The price includes shipping. Costs of shirts vary depending on ship to location and size.

Happy Trails




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