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Day 1

I don’t even know where to start when it comes to starting this new trip, everything has moved so fast the past few weeks and I’m finally on the road, it’s such a crazy/surreal feeling but I’m ready for the long days and  big miles. I can’t stop thanking Detail King for everything they’ve done to make this trip happen and I’m so excited to see what’s to come! I started this morning on the sandy beaches of Fort Largo after an amazing breakfast at the Ritz Hotel. It was around 12:30pm and 85 but it was the humidity that kills ya, I got the first 15 miles done no problemo but right when I hit 20 I could feel my calves start to tighten up on me and at 25 miles I was just about done running for the evening and my legs were tight as all hell, stretching only does so much till everything starts to build up in your legs again. All said and done I finished the day happily with 28 miles at a campground just in time for the sun to go down! Getting some sleep after cooking up some pasta the hitting it bright and early  


Bringing hope to South Sudan

I have chosen the charity, it is Save the Children.  I am excited with this joint effort to raise $ for an orphanage in Sudan.

I want to thank Detail King for their incredible support and sponsorship (and for creating this You Tube video)

In October/November 2015 I will leave from Key West FL on a XC run to Alaska (mostly barefoot, only sandals when needed) to bring awareness and raise funding to build an orphanage in South Sudan.  There are thousands of children that have been orphaned, so sad.

Jared, a good friend I met while hiking the AT is joining for at least some of this journey. It will be good to have his company.  He understands the purpose of the journey and is just as passionate about the cause. We will be doing this unsupported, no trailer van.  I will be using the jogging stroller from last year to hold clothes, tent, sleeping bag and food.  I have an attachment that will fit around my waist so I can “pull” it the stroller, not only “push” it.

I have been working since the finishing the App Trail to purchase  gear, supplies and save $ for food.  I pretty much have everything I need and just working on the last few details, like getting a passport for when I hit Canada / BC.

This will be just under 7,000 miles.  Hoping to do this in 280 days or less.

Capture 3

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