Friday, May 31, 2019

Day 31

Total Miles: 20.37 πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
30 Days Running - 1 Off Day
Total Trip Miles: 831.23

Today was the very first day out of 30 days running that I just didn’t feel myself. I was sluggish and light headed. I had some stomach issues but nothing major. After I hit my personal daily minimum I called it a day. It was interesting going from feeling fantastic and wanting to run more yesterday to feeling like someone else today. I’ll work through it though and shake it off.

I am actually still a full day ahead of schedule so stopping early today really doesn’t affect anything.
I have 3 days left of running before I am in Myrtle Beach. My flight is on the 8th so I have all the time in the world to get there.

I plan on a 31, 32, and 29 mile day. Tomorrow will be my second day off because I chose to spend another day with my family. I want to see my mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins and everyone one more time before I leave them for a year. I’ve missed seeing them all, especially my cousins!

On Sunday I’ll head towards Myrtle beach and be there on Tuesday at some point during the day. The exact times are affected more by traffic and things out of my control.

Besides feeling terrible today, I started about a hour and a half later than normal. I ran a slow 13-14 minute pace for awhile and met up with this little puppy dog. Couldn’t have been more than 6 months old. I tried to get him to stay but having already started late I had to just keep running. He followed. We ran about 6 miles together before someone recognized him and took him back home. He got tired after a few miles so I picked him up and put him on my cart like a hood ornament. I think he enjoyed it. His tail was wagging the whole time.

The puppy was the best part of the day. Other than the puppy, the sun baked me, and my body just didn’t want to do anything. Tonight and tomorrow I will stretch and do some rolling and just work out my body some. Come Sunday I’ll be ready to hit the road again and head towards Myrtle beach.

As each day passes I do get a little more excited for my flight. It hasn’t really hit me just yet but I am excited to go to Peru again. I loved it last time while I was in the Navy.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide. This could be a huge blessing if it all works out and is the organization  I’m hoping it is.

To my vets:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Day 30

Todays Miles: 31.19
29 Run Days- 1 Off Day
Total Trip Miles: 810.86 

Today was a great day back from my first off day. I was going to do a few extra miles but I got caught up talking to some older guys sitting outside a old store just talking and they had me join them. 

Today was full of rolling hills the whole way. The temperature has been the same as all the other days these past two weeks. Today hit a record high as the hottest place in the whole country today. 

Kurt came and picked me up today and took me by a place called the fox farm. (No foxes) but when we pulled up there were between 15-20 coyotes. They really weren’t scared of us. They just backed off some and looked at us through bushes. 

Tonight is Kyles birthday so I get to go and enjoy a great afternoon with him! 
Happy birthday man! 

I want to give the biggest shout out and thank you to Sherrie Klover! She is just the sweetest and most genuine hearted person! Sherrie is the race director for the Hawk 100 I did last year in Lawrence Kansas. If you are interested in an amazing race with some of the best people with the best aid stations imaginable then go check out the Hawk. They have a 26.2, 50 and a 100. 
Sherrie sent me some goodies, she sent me some Hawk swag which I love the light weight hoodies they have, and some shoes. Sherrie has went above and beyond for me and one of these days I will figure out how I can repay her. For now, all I can really say is if you want an amazing race with life long memories go check out the Hawk. 
Sherrie if your reading this, you never fail to make me smile out here. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! When I get back the Hawk will be the first race I sign up for! 

To my vets: 

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.


All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Day 29

Today Miles: Off Day
28 run days - 1 off day
Total Miles to Date: 779.67

Today I was able to sleep in till about 9.

I had an interview at 10 with a local Lancaster journalist that went really well. We had the interview at “The Swamp” 🐊 The coolest Florida Gator swamp outside Gainesville.

After the interview my aunt and grandmother took me out to eat at a local restaurant that neither of them had eaten at before. I had salmon and broccoli. At the end of the meal my cousin Brittany showed up and surprised me with the idea of taking me kayaking (which I love) out at a local spot where she goes.

We went and got the kayaks and loaded a small cooler and off we went. We had a great time. It was really nice to relax, get in the water, and just have a fun conversation with her because she also loves the outdoors and travel. We talked about all kinds of things. I just want to say thank you Brittany for taking me out there and just making my day feel completely at peace. It was fantastic. When I get done with this run, there will be more days like that I promise!

Once we got back to the house Tammy made some asparagus (my favorite!) and egg rolls and we had a nice dinner.

Everyone was a little interested in the cart I push. So after dinner we spent a good amount of time loading it up now that the tire is good and showing them everything I carry with me and Kurt gave me a new box for my hygiene stuff since my bag was ripping and wouldn’t zip. They also gave me a couple stickers to put in my box and water bottle. I’m hoping by the time I get back it’ll be covered.

Kurt also out of the kindness of his heart and a little bit of arguing from me gave me a few more things for my trip. It’s so hard for me to ask for things but he seen I needed it and wouldn’t take no for a answer. So for that I really appreciate it!

**Family is so important everyone! Family should be on the tops of everyone’s priority list! **

To my Vets:

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Day 28

Todays Miles: 28.60
Total Trip Miles: 779.67

Today was the first day without a cart. Yesterday the off roading popped the tire.
It was a weird feeling running without the cart for a few reasons.

One. I had gotten used to pushing the weight around and moving around cars and traffic and just dealing with it.

Two. I had about two gallons of water in jugs on the cart. Today I started with three bottles and was able to make it 10 miles to a gas station to get two more bottles. At that point it started to get hot and the water warmed up and it just didn’t last long. At about mile 21 I was very dry mouthed and my stomach started to hurt a little and my sweating had stopped. Luckily for me I have a pretty amazing Aunt and she came out and saved the day with some water. I tried to get some cars attention by motioning like I was drinking something hoping they understood what I meant but everyone just thought I was waving. Tammy brought me a banana and some more water and my grandma even came. They reenergized me and off I went again.

With just two or three miles left a news paper journalist came and took a picture of me and my uncle came and gave me another water to put me over till I got to their house.

Right in front of their house is a hill. Normally I would take them slow when they are steep  but today I raced up it since I didn’t have a cart. It was fun. Good a little burn getting to the top but totally worth it.

After I got done running my Cousin Brittany made dinner and it was really good. I really appreciated the cooked meal! Thank you!

I have really enjoyed all my time so far with my family out here. I don’t get to see them nearly enough. After the world run that will change though!

To my vets:

These last few days have really showed me the importance of family. They will stand by you and support you even if you haven’t seen them in years. Never give up on your family. Never push them away. Family is one of the most important aspects of life. Every one is different. Everyone has their views and feelings. But when you put it all aside family is the foundation to all of our lives.
If you haven’t seen or talked to your family in awhile. Reach out to them. Let them know your thinking about them and you love them. Tell them that the past is the past and it’s time to move forward together. Family is what keeps us whole inside when we feel down or broken. Love them even if it’s difficult.

Special shout out to my Uncle Kurt for getting my tire patched up and fixed! It means a lot I appreciate it!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Day 27

Today’s Miles: 21.02 (Not a good day)
Total Trip Miles: 751.07

Today was an interesting day. I had a few good road miles before Google decided to take me off roaring for 10 miles. By off roaring I mean solid dirt in areas, mud, gravel, a mile or so of just sand and clay... it was rough going up and down rolling hills like that. It also took me to a road that was private and locked... thanks Google.

Shortly after getting back on a road I noticed my left tire was flat. The road terrain previously had popped the tube inside the tire. At that point I was about 20 miles in. I walked a mile and then stopped under a tree. Fortunately my Aunt and Grandmother were already back from the race track and able to come pick me up. I made the decision early on that I felt confident in those tires to get me to Myrtle beach. Once at Myrtle beach I would get new tires and a set of spare tires for South America. Well they didn’t make it all the way. But I got close. Tomorrow I’ll run without my cart and on a Wednesday I’ll be taking my first off day and driving to get a new tire. Was it the smartest to not carry a back up, no it wasn’t very smart. Did I genuinely think I could make 900 miles on these tires, yes I did. Well I learned my lesson today. Always double check google maps if possible and always carry a backup no matter what.

Today over all was just a rough day. The heat, the rough terrain and hills, and the tire deciding it didn’t want to continue the journey with me made for a long day. To add more on top it was 21 miles on no gas stations and lots of bugs.

The one good thing that came out of today was the live phone interview on Fox10 out of Phoenix Arizona. It was a nice short interview while they were live during their morning segment. If you haven’t seen it go check it out!

I am staying the night at my Aunt and Uncles that I haven’t seen sadly in awhile and it’s great to be here. I got to see Brittany and Kyle who I look up to and think are some pretty amazing people. Brittany’s house is super nice. It’s got everything you need and has a really nice flow and design. She is doing a fantastic job with it! Kyler is still as cute as ever!
My Aunt Tammy took me to the store and let me get some fruit and spinach for a nice salad tonight. Tomorrow she will be taking me back to where she picked me up and I will run without my cart to their house. It’ll be nice to not worry about my cart and traffic for once. It should be a 28 or so mile day.

Tomorrow I get to go to Brittany’s house again  and she is cooking for all of the family! It’s going to be a great time. I always like our conversations especially when we get on the minimalist lifestyle and adventures/ having a gypsy soul. It always feels good to relate to someone and I’m glad I have a cousin that sees eye to eye even if she lives half way across the country.

To my vets:

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.

Fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Day 26

Today’s Miles: 27.67
Total Trip Miles: 730.05

Today was a great day! Jay Baker tagged along for the whole distance. He was an absolute blast to have out of the toads with me. The miles flew by. We set a good solid pace starting off this morning and the miles just fell as we went. I got to learn a little more about him and him learn some about me. We talked about some random thing and some things about each other: Jay was able to take some good photos and he did some videos while we were out. #theotherdustinjohnson
Overal Jay is a great guy who does some pretty cool things for charity. When I get done with this world run I’m going to swing back by and go on a ride with him. #Britian

Michael Balfe came this morning as well. He drove every couple of miles to meet us just to make sure we were doing well. After we got half way he was able to get out and run. He has done some Ironmans and sprints and it seems like he really just enjoys getting out there and just doing it. Whether it’s on a bike, in the water, or pounding the pavement. He is pretty cool and a great guy to spend the day running with. #Louisiana Michael was also gracious enough to take me for Mexican once our run was over today.

Jenny McPherson came about half way in and brought loads of ice and refreshments. A tub of ice big enough to bath in. She was a blast to be around. Very upbeat and she brought watermelon! Jenny thank you for coming out and being a part of all of this! It was a blast having you. #wisconsin

Jay was able to score me some new shoes from fleet feet! After awhile you jus they used to the shoes your wearing and you don’t notice the wear and tear on them as much. I will continue to wear the old ones till Myrtle beach before sending them home and retiring then but trying on the new ones my feet were already thanking me!

He grabbed me some compression sleeves for my arms as well. As everyone knowns in my last post it’s hot, so getting the sun off my arms is going to be a good thing.

I also want to thank Jenny for Fleet Feet where she lives for a UV shirt, some body glide, and sports beans. I will use them all thank you very much.

Overall fantastic day with fantastic people. The day started around 630 and ended just before 1. I couldn’t have asked for better. We finished right before it started getting really hot. (96-97)

I am staying in Carlisle. An old railroad and farming town. Super small but the mayor was willing to let me stay at the fire house. It was great talking to the mayor, the pastor, the fire chief, and it seems like a really welcoming and nice community.

Tomorrow I’ll be off towards Lancaster. Not sure exactly where I’ll land before there but looking for around 30 miles. Once in Lancaster I’ll have an off day (my first off day) before heading in to Myrtle beach to get ready for my flight to Peru.

I’m great on supplies, I’m trying  to lighten the load before Peru.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to talk three of you that came out today!

To my vets:

Everyday out here meeting new people prices that the world is in a much better place than the news says. Just hold your head up high, maybe your angel just hasn’t found you yet.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Day 25

Today’s Miles: 29.70
Total Trip Miles: 702.38

Today was like most days. Hot. No shade.my tan lines are expert level.

When I was leaving the town I was in this morning I waited for an hour outside a gas station for it to open. The sign said 6am. At 7am it was still closed so I left. I ran the first 9-10 miles without any water.

At that point it was already hot and I was dying for something to drink. I came across this little gas station in a very small community. At the gas station I had a gentleman come up to me and ask how far I was running. (I love this question mostly due to the reaction when I tell them how far the journey is) I explained to him the 16,300 mile journey and the cause and dedication to the run. He loved it. The mans name is Tony Saxon. He was very kind and offered to say a prayer for me. We stood there heads bowed with not a care in the world as he spoke to God on my behalf. I was very thankful for his kindness and he blew me away when he even gave me a donation for my journey. Tony, you are a great guy. Truly down to earth. I appreciate the time you took out of your day to talk with me. Tony’s message was Isaiah 26:3. Tony later emailed me and let me into his life more. Tony, I stand strong with you, but from the conversation I had I will say this. You are a lighthouse. You stand strong and firm in the face of all the storms coming your way. You watch the waves crash around you as you smile bright flashing your lights letting those around you know there may be dangers ahead, because your a protector. Don’t stop being that guiding light, God runs through you and in our darkest days a lighthouse may be all the light we have. Stay strong Tony!

Today’s run was a good one. I had to on and off the road from time to time but I also had some alone time and plenty of room to just run. I’ve developed a good method of pushing the cart hard 10 feet or so in front of me and running and just keep pushing it as I go. Everything just feels right. One well oiled machine.

Tomorrow I am pumped for. I have a group of runners coming to run with me. Jay Baker being one of them who has already done a lot for me. Looking forward to meeting everyone in the morning! Hopefully my cart pushing pace isn’t to slow for you all. It should be a good solid 30 mile day!
Maybe running in this group it’ll help with traffic moving over and really open up the road.

To my vets:

Make me one promise?
If you ever are down on yourself. If you are ever thinking dark things. If you feel numb and have lost your sense of purpose, I need you to do two things.
1. Message me. Email me. Facebook me. Reach out and just say hey.
2. Tell me something in that message your passionate about. I want to know what drives you.
The love we have for things is why we do it. It’s the coals you have in your heart that are simmering.
Passion is that gust of wind that comes along and ignites you into a burning blaze. It’s what adds a endless source of fuel to the things you love.

The reason I want to know your passion is simple. I want to get to know you. I want to know what in this world you are the craziest about. It allows me to connect to you on a much deeper level without crossing any boundaries. Believe it or not, but I care about you. My brothers and sisters are one of my biggest passions in life. But if it were me writing the message I would tell you my biggest passion in life is the little moments. Everything in my life is built around the little moments. The things most people take for granted or over look everyday. The moments 30 years from now people would beg for again. I wake up each day as if it were on purpose and pursue it in the means to make a impact in little ways to everyone I meet.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Day 24

Today’s Miles: 29.41
Total Trip Miles: 672.68

Today was another hot one. I’m sure by now all of you reading this realize the last week has started off the same. Hot πŸ₯΅
Locals are interesting sometimes. It’s not the first time this has happened but giving directions or explaining what the roads are like can be funny coming from them.
They will tell me it’s just a mile or so up the road and it’ll be seven miles. Or they will say it’s only a 15 minute drive so maybe a hour running. I would be very impressed if I could run 15 miles in a hour pushing a 50 lb cart.
Then you have the ones that comment on me being sweaty and red all over and they tell me the next turn off is going to be shady and lot so of trees. Which never ends up happening.
The world is such a different place traveling by foot than by car.

This morning I had a turkey cross the road in front of me which was pretty cool. I didn’t see a gas station again for about 20-21 miles. It’s something that doesn’t seem to far when you are driving to but when it’s high 90s, no shade and it’s been hours, getting to a gas station is pretty satisfying.

I also want to tell everyone about something that happened today. If you donated any amount of money to me at any given point you in some way helped out a little girl today.
I came up on this little tiny town. I see a girl laying under a tree by a church and no cars or people in site. After coming out of the gas station she was still there. I kept my distance and asked if she was okay. After explaining that she was thirsty and hadn’t had much to drink all day I tried to get her to go to the gas station with me. It took her a little while to get the courage to go probably because I’m a stranger but she finally came with me. When we went inside I told her to get whatever she thought would make her happy and feel better. She got a small push pop ice cream, a Mountain Dew, and a snickers candy bar. In total it was about 5 bucks. She looked so happy, and she was dancing and jumping up and down going back over to the church. She later told me her dad was going through a hard time and she was waiting for him to get off work because they sleep at the church sometimes.
So any of you that donated, you reached out and helped a little girl today!

Today was also a day full of no shoulders on the road but what made it worse was the chest tall weeds that were all the way up and touching the white line. Getting on and off the road was a huge pain today. Luckily I did have the road to myself for about half of it, so I did get some great running in. But the other half was running for about a quarter of a mile then getting off for a few cars then running for a quarter mile and repeating. I still had a great run today it just took me a little longer there at the end. I could have easily have given up and just walked the last part but when I was thinking about it I told myself if I gave up on myself that easy then others may give up on themselves easily also. So I buckled down and told myself if I get through this maybe it’ll give the energy to someone who needs it and help them get through their day.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading towards Clinton. It should be a 26-27 mile run. Not exactly the distance I want but it’s close enough and someone has very graciously offered to get me a hotel room for the night. So a few miles short for a hotel room seems to be a good exchange since I have plenty of time to make up the lost miles.

Sunday I think I have a group or at least a few individuals coming out and running with me. Jay Baker has been dining an amazing job getting it all organized! I look forward to getting some miles with everyone. It’s going to be a fun 30 miles!

At this point as far as supplies I am pretty good. I am currently trying to evaluate things I will need and won’t need in South America so I can try and make my cart a little lighter. The Andes Mountains are going to be a fun climb.

To my vets:

Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it. HooYah!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Day 23

Today’s Miles: 30.76
Total Trip Miles: 643.27

I’m bad at picking towns to stop in. Again, today, I had to stop a little early because this town had a place for me to set up a tent and the original town did not. Maybe as the trip goes on I’ll get a little better at picking towns. I was looking forward to a 37-38 mile day but I’m still happy with a just shy of 31 day.

For anyone wondering, no, South Carolina is not any cooler at the moment than Georgia was. It is still mid 90s with no shade. This weekend is suppose to be record breaking temperatures that could reach 108°+.

I had to run across a “river” that literally crosses a road today. It was about a foot to a foot and a half deep and 15-20 feet wide. It looked natural like it is always there, because there was absolutely no rain to cause it.

I had another dog run with me for about 8 miles today. I always end up worrying about them finding their way back home. I stop and will try and get them to stay at their houses for a good 20-30 minutes. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and they come along no matter what. Luckily this time after 8 miles a lady at a house, who was a dog foster, said she would find the house again and I have her the best directions that I could.

I had a wonderful surprise from some pretty amazing people today. Jacqueline and Travis Simpson came by once I reached my destination and brought me 10 more body armors, some fruit, ice, water, a couple frog toggs, and some snacks. I can’t thank you enough for sacrificing your time and money to help me out. It truly means a lot! We always had a good chat while they were here and we got to exchange some stories and it wasn’t just a good time. I wish you all the best and thank you again!

I also want to give  a huge shout out to Tim Taylor and his son Michael Taylor who found a place for me to set up and sleep tonight. They also came and interviewed me for the local paper. They were an absolutely pleasure to talk to. Tim has traveled the world and been to some of the same places as me as well as some I’ve never been to. It was fun sharing some experiences.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading up towards Princeton. It should be a good 30-31 mile day. πŸƒπŸ»‍♂️
If someone could send me some clouds or a little shade I would forever be in your debt!

Im getting more excited as every day passes to get to fly down to Peru. In just about 2 weeks I’ll be gone!

For anyone interested, I’ll be live on Fox10 in Phoenix Arizona on Monday May 27th at 1040 eastern time. I’ll be doing a live phone interview while the show is going.

For my friends and family:

The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us. And when they come home and take off that uniform and become veterans. That support shouldn’t stop. We should stand strong by them because they gave so much for us. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Day 22

Today’s Miles: 27.50
Total Trip Miles: 612.51

First and foremost; Georgia you have treated me so well. The people in Georgia have hearts of gold. They have showed me that for every rude person down here there are three that seem to come and shine bright and outshine that rude one.
The police gave me another escort this morning which was very nice of them. They went about 6-7 miles before we hit the county line.
All in all not a bad thing I could say about the people down here in Georgia. If you have never been, maybe you should swing by some time and check it out.
As for the Georgia heat.... I will not miss you. You have wore me down and really made this whole last week a little more difficult than maybe it needed to be.
Also, for anyone that hasn’t been to northern Georgia.. it is hilly. Very very hilly. If you run trails and ultras. This could be a very good training area.

Again, today was hot, no shade, and I went 22 miles before ever seeing a gas station. So, once I got to the gas station I took a little break in the shade and sat down. I ate a little bit of ice cream, drank some Naked Green Machine, and just relaxed. I loved being able to just get out of the sun and relax but I kneeboarding I had to keep on moving. Google took me off the road and on another gravel road, this time it was worth it. It took me a little bit to find the entrance but it took me across an old bridge fully enclosed and a nice fast moving river below. Naturally I had to stop and get a little wet.

I had about 2.5 miles to get to Goldmine but I had been warned by several counties that there wasn’t anything there and I wouldn’t really be able to find a place to sleep. So unfortunately I did have to cut my miles a little short today but I am very happy that I at least got above 27. I am between Royston and Goldmine.

I want to thank Grace Hawkins for coming out and running with me the last couple days. I only have so many miles I can have someone with me but I enjoyed the 70+ miles we shared. We had our ups and downs out there and by that I mean all the hills. I think Grace especially after today understands what the heat does after a few days and how all the constant hills just breaks you down.

Tomorrow is going to be a long day. I’m going to shoot for Antreville which is an estimated 37-38 miles. I hope the traffic and roads let me get it done as fast as possible but mostly I hope the conditions let me make it that far before it gets to late. I’m trying to stick to my schedule as much as possible. I’m shooting for the 28th to be with my Aunt and Uncle in Lancaster before making my way to Myrtle Beach to catch my flight to Peru.

To my vets:

Today was day 22 for me.
As we all know 22 vets take their life daily.
I issue all of you a challenge. Starting today and ending Memorial Day

22 pushups daily

22 minutes running/jogging/walking

22 second and everyday where you grab your family, hold hands, and have a moment of silence for those men and woman that gave so much!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Day 21

Today’s Miles: 25.21
Total Trip Miles: 585.01

Today was a hot day again. Those days seem to be running together seemingly never ending at this point. No shade, just working my way from one side of an oven to the other day after day. Today I even had a 2.5 mile journey on a gravel, clay, and dirt road which just happened to be hilly. It was not very fun pushing the cart through that and up those hills. Grace got to experience what it was like to run on roads with no shoulder and lots of cars, to run in the heat with no shade, and to experience a day in the life of my world run. It was a good day over all. Had lots of dogs say hello, some other animals as well. Ran past some creeks and seen some snakes. 

The only down side to the day was a little ache in the inside of my right knee. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to be anything to serious, just a little rest and I think it’ll be just fine. I assume it’s from all the hills both up and down, but mostly going down trying to stop the cart from taking off on me. All in all, nothing to really worry about. 

We arrived in Commerce at a decent time and actually had two wonderful ladies stop by and ask us to dinner. They were very sweet and incredibly kind. They are wanting to set up a meet and greet and a send off party in the morning so I’m looking forward to that! Megan Kidd and Katie Griffin were such a pleasure to talk to and spend a little time with. I really appreciate everything you are doing for me and I know I can’t repay you for it, but my heart burns a little brighter because of the kindness you are showing me! The words thank you don’t quite say enough, but it’s all I can say. 

Tomorrow, is going to be a great day! No more of these shorter days like yesterday and today. Tomorrow I’ll get back up to the 30 mile days I enjoy the most. I’ll be running to Goldmine from Commerce taking some back roads and just enjoying the day. Hopefully no traffic and I can just pound away at the pavement for awhile!

I also want to thank Kasey Garrison and Steven Garrison for being so kind as to keep a eye on the toad for when I was coming by and to bring me a Gatorade and some water! I can’t thank you enough! I had went all day without a single place to stop so I was ready for something move and cold! Kasey, coming from a navy family as well, I want to thank you for showing interest in serving our country as well! The Navy would be proud to have you some day if you decide that path!

To my vets:

Most days I talk about being down and out, and trying to find our way back.
Today I just want to say thank you for your service. Thank you for doing what less than 1 percent will ever do. Thank you for giving up your time, energy, mind  and body to a country like ours. Even though not every understands and not everyone supports you. You are the reason they are here today having the rights to do what they do. You are the reason we have our freedoms. Thank you to my brothers and sisters, to the moms and dads that had to leave their families, to the sons and daughters that left home, thank you for riding your hand and taking an oath that never ends and last a lifetime. Thank you for fighting for the red, white, and blue. You are the people that matter most in this world, not the celebrities, not those that don’t know a days worth of hard work, but each and every one of you veterans are the backbone and foundation of this great country. Be proud of who you are! Not many can stand beside you and say they know the feeling to put that uniform on. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Day 20

Today’s Miles: 20.1 (Got stuck between towns and it was either 20 or 47)
Total Trip Miles: 559.8

Today was a good day. Started the morning with the Dawson County Police Department escorting me a few miles, then Forsyth County picked up at the county line and escorted me a few miles. I ran about 3 more miles without an escort before Hall County came and escorted me a few miles. Thank you to all the officers that gave up time out of your day to help me out and keep me safe! It was very appreciated and I enjoyed every second, even the big hills that took me awhile to get up pushing 50 lbs. Not once did they make me feel like I had to speed up going up those hills.
(It’s super cool to be running and look back to see the flashing lights with a mile long stretch of cars) to those cars, I’m sorry if you were late to where you were going.)

At the end of the day with just about 3 miles to go  a gentleman came running up and finished the day with me. Brandon Lail, was a pleasure to run with for the short time we got to run and chat. He is a great trail runner and a really cool guy.

I had a pleasure to run with Grace Hawkins all day. She was fun and she loved every second of the police escorts and the people driving by staring at us. She seen some of the examples of how close cars get and how there’s no shoulder in places but for the most part she got to enjoy a day of open
Roads thanks to the kind officers! She also got to experience how push 50 lbs up a hill feels.

Only going 20 miles we arrived in town around 1130, Grace treated me to Panera and I got my absolute favorite Broccoli Cheddar Chowder. I have to admit, Sherrie Bollinger, yours was much better! So thank you again for that!

Tomorrow we will be working our way towards commerce. Should be about a 27 mile run.

Tonight, I have Denise Dillon and Chris Lawson from Atlanta, GA coming to Gainesville to do an interview. They were an absolute blast to have out here. Denise is a runner and has done a ton of marathons. She was fun to talk to. Chris did a great job getting all the film they wanted. All and all I really enjoyed and am humbled to have had them come out to talk with me. It really means a lot to be able to get my cause out there and have more people start thinking about our veterans. I also did 2 phone interviews today with different newspapers in the local area down here.
One lasted about two miles while I was running this morning and that’s when Grace took over the cart.

I want to give a big shout out to everyone who keeps supporting me and giving me encouragement! It means the world. I look forward to continuing this journey and sharing it with all of you!

To my vets:

Everyday I’m out here, whether it’s hot, cold, raining, hailing, strong winds, or I’m having a hard time. I’m fighting everyday just as you are. I’m fighting those battles with you. It’s me and you and I’m not backing down so you shouldn’t either. You are strong and you can overcome anything!
Hooyah brothers and sisters you are why I am out here doing this!


KFS-12 will be running a big story on me tonight.
I’m not sure when Fox5 news will wire theirs.
The Cherokee Tribune newspaper released their article and it was a fantastic read!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Day 19

First and foremost I want to say something. It was not the Sgt fault for the city of Canton. I want to let everyone know that he simply was informing me of the rules. I have the utmost respect for my brothers in blue. He did nothing wrong. Had the circumstances been any different and I had notified them a little sooner we would have been able to reach an agreement I guarantee. The couple of hours that were at hand was between myself and the police department. So, if your reading this... I am 100 percent at peace and still hold that city highly in my regards. It’s a beautiful city and had some wonderful people that I passed going through it. So, with that all being said. There is no “beef”, it was simply just a misunderstanding and I have talked with the police chief and we are both on the same page. So, if anyone is on Facebook or calling them still then the time has passed and it’s in the past. Remember 90 percent of circumstances feature an outcome on how you react. The misunderstanding allowed me to stay at a veterans park. Everything worked out. I was safe and had a place to sleep.
To the people of Canton. Keeping doing what your doing. You have a beautiful city and your police chief seems like a great guy, maybe when I get done with the run I’ll swing back by and meet some of you!
To the Sgt (I know your name but no need posting it here, you know who you are) my deepest apologies is anything negative came your way about our conversation. You handled everything professionally and as compassionately as possible. Keeping doing your thing and don’t let any of this get to you!


Now my day!

I had a full police escort for my first 8.3 miles. Deputy Testa at the Cherokee County Sheriffs Department stuck with me the whole way. He brought me some Gatorade in the morning and throughout our miles together showed me just how great not only an officer he is but also a great human being. 5 miles in I wanted to grab a banana real quick and he stopped and chatted with me. He helped keep traffic the whole 8.3 miles as far as possible from me and just let me run. Once we got to the county line we stopped and chatted for a little while. It was great to just be able to just hold a solid conversation with someone like Deputy Testa. Cherokee county you have yourself a fine officer and great role model for the kids in that area!

I didn’t hit a gas station till around mile 20 and was able to get some ice since it is still hotter than anything I’ve felt in awhile down here with direct sunlight.

With about 5 miles to go Dawson County pulled up beside me told me he wanted to escort me all the way into town. The last 5 miles had some hills but other than that it was another great 5 miles of running. Traffic was very understanding and supporting. Heard several people clapping and yelling positive things towards me. It made the 5 miles fly by! Deputy Smith was was very helpful keeping cars away by also getting in the radio and letting me know which way I would be turning so I didn’t have to look at my phone. Alec Pearson (K9) blocked some roads for me and I appreciate your help. If your reading this Mr. Pearson there was a moment when I seen your K9 tag on the car that I thought to myself if someone goes crazy you hotness my back which helped running through so much traffic. Jeff Johnson (Sheriff) I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to let your guys help me out.

Tomorrow will be a journey towards Gainesville, Ga. Shouldn’t be to bad with the exception of the heat. I’ll have a running partner tomorrow also. Came all the way from Illinois to get some miles in before I leave the country.

To my vets:

I know you may be fighting that shadow. Fighting that battle a lot of people can’t see. Most will never understand. But if you keep your face to the sunshine, you cannot see that shadow. You can put the sword down and relax. You can enjoy the day!

Oh yeah Total  Trip Miles: 539.7


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Day 18

Today’s Miles: 33.1
Total Trip Miles: 514.4

Today I hit a small goal of mine which was 500 miles. A small stepping stone on an amazing but long journey.

Today again was just hot. No shade and not where to stop between towns.
It did rain for about 30 minutes really hard and I have to admit it was like my prayers had been answered. It was cold but wow did it take the heat away long enough for me to smile and enjoy the drops falling!

Buffington was the original stopping place but once I got going we found out they didn’t have a park. So we quickly regrouped and I was going to stop 5 miles short at a town called Canton, Georgia.
We had been communicating most of the day with them but once I actually arrived I quickly found out that they would not allow me to stay anywhere in their city. No and if or buts... so I ended up going past Buffington to the Cherokee Veteran Park which was all set up with a deputy with the county. He said he may even swing by and bring me something to drink in the morning.

Once I got to the park I had some angels come along wanting to help out. They brought me a few DAYS supply of my favorite body armour drink and some fruit and gummy bears. They brought me some juice and more water. They successfully re stocked me and then some. I can not thank Christy, Craig, and their little boy Conner (Ehle) enough. They are such generous and kind heart souls. I’m not sure how I will ever repay your remarkable gifts to me but I appreciate it more than words can describe!

Tomorrow I’ll be working my way to dawsonville, it’s looking to be about 26-27 miles.

To my vets!

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Don’t let people get in your head, don’t let people below you pull you down. You are a one man army and I know your fighting those internal shadows but listen. If you stand tall, you start moving forward, those shadows won’t be able to catch up to you. And if they do, you’ll be strong enough and have the support to tackle them!

Vet lives matter

Friday, May 17, 2019

Day 17

Today’s Miles: 29.7
Total Trip Miles: 481.3

Today was a Hot Georgia day.. not much shade. I probably drank as much water as I poured all over myself. I passed a shooting range that didn’t like me in the area but I passed by fairly quick with him following me on a four wheeler. A little later in the day I passed a school right as it was getting out.... it took me almost 45 minutes to just cross the street. I ended up running out of water with about 7 miles left and absolutely no gas station in sight.

I ended the day at Sam smith Park. The “park” is literally just a huge open area with no trees and a track going around it. So tonight I’ll be camping out in the open and no shelter with a storm headed my way. So, if you talk to the rain Gods let them know where I am so they will be merciful towards me.

Tomorrow I’ll be going to Buffington which should be a solid 30-31 miles. Tomorrow is suppose to be another hot cloudless day. Hopefully there will be plenty of places for food and water! Today I unfortunately didn’t get much food.

I look forward to finishing the day and hitting that 500 mile mark! Still a long way to go but having little goals along the way I hope helps!

Up to this point I’ve enjoyed almost everyday and my time out here! I hope that never fades! Sure there may be a bad moment but the close of everyday always ends on a high!

To my vets:

It doesn’t matter what challenges lay in front of you, when you know who stands behind you!
I stand behind each and every one of you to the fullest!
Once a brother or sister always a brother or sister!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Day 16

Today’s Miles: 27.30
Total Trip Miles: 451.60
Daily Average to this point 28.22 miles/day

Today was a good day. I was able to run a few miles on the highway before getting on the Chief Ladiga trail that turned into the Silver Comet trail once you crossed the Alabama/Georgia line.
So, I was able to get a solid 15-17 miles in on the trail with no cars only a cyclist from time to time. After getting off the trail it was back to the road for a little while and the last 5 miles was going through a town so mostly sidewalk. I did see more dogs today which I loved!
Also, on the trails the only down side was the gnats and bugs. No shade trees either. But all in all I will take the bugs and no shade today because it gave me some good solid running time. I may get tired of the heat later but for now I appreciated the ability to run.

Tomorrow I’ll be working my way hopefully to Cartersville, Georgia. It should be between 31-32 miles.

On a interesting note, so far, I have been through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and now in Georgia. All I have left is to finish Georgia and South Carolina then I’m off to South America where I will start in Lima, Peru. A place I went in the Navy and loved it! So, you can say, I am looking forward to being back down there!

I just want to say thank you for anyone that has reach out and gave me any amount of money or donated online no matter how big or small. It has made getting food much easier with some days never seeing a place to get food at all. So being able to buy a little in advance is really nice. So I really appreciate all of you and you Have been such a blessing to me!

To my vets:

1. If you do not go after what you want, you can never get it.
Don’t be scared to follow your ideas and chase your dreams. Having passion is a very powerful thing!
2. If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
If you need help, do not hesitate to ask someone. People all over the world are willing to let you lean on them so you can go after the things you want in life!
3. If you do not move forward, you will always be in the same place.
Whether it’s weight change, business ideas, dream jobs, cleaning the house, or anything else on your mind. If you do not take even the smallest of steps towards those goals you will wear a hole in the ground where you are at.

Love all my brothers and sisters out there, you are not alone!
Hooyah!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Day 15

Today’s Miles: 29.45
Total Trip Miles: 424.30

Today started off typical to the last few days. Lots of sun and lots of traffic with no room. About 3 miles in I ended up getting about 7 miles of backroad with very very little traffic and I was able to just pick up the pace push the cart out in front of me and run. I loved every second. I ran like I hadn’t ran in years! After the 7 miles was over unfortunately I had to get back out on a road with traffic and no shoulder. One of these days I’ll get a few days in a row with just back roads!

I met all kinds of dogs today, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were 25-30 total and mostly all of them came over for some belly rubs! I even had one follow me for about 8 miles to a gas station where he caught more interest in the food there and decided to stay behind. I have two little beagle puppies some jerky because they just seemed so hungry.

There is a trail for runners and cyclist that is 61 miles long and is suppose to be just absolutely gorgeous and I’ll be hoping on that tomorrow and taking it to Cedartown from which I will then continue on till the trail is over.

The sun has still been hot, so between sunscreen and long sleeves I’m hoping it’ll keep me from getting to burnt. It sprinkled for about an hour today and honestly that felt so good!

Today for where I stopped, I was jogging down the road and seen an American Legion and I still was up for debate as to exactly where to stop so I crossed the road and knocked on the door and asked if I could put my tent up out back. They told me I could but later warned me of fire ants so tonight I’ll be sleeping on a picnic table under a patio. All the people were so nice at the American legion! They welcomed me with  open arms and let me sit around and chat for awhile. I met a man that survived the Forestall fire and got to hear his story which was really cool and meet a man that did a ton of time in Alaska. All in all, I’m glad I decided to stop there!

To my vets:

There is something special in having the ability to look at yourself and see what you need to change. There is something even more special about seeing what needs to change and actually trying.
I have respect for each and every veteran out there, and I don’t know what your going through. What I do know is you can still be that anything you wanna be like when you were a kid. Your options in life are wide and stretch far. Some would say because your a veteran they stretch further than most.
Don’t be scared to change a little bit so you can sore ugh and at and teach those life goals you’ve always wanted! You got this!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Day 14

Today’s Miles: 27.23
Total Trip Miles: 394.85

Today was a good hot day. No clouds just the sun all day. I actually wore a hoodie and pants most of the day to just keep the sun off of me. The sunscreen does an okay job but it’s nice giving your skin a break every now and then. Unfortunately I didn’t have a shoulder to run on all day. 431 and 77 were just super busy and did a lot of skipping on and off the road. The past few days have really made me miss those days I was in the middle of nowhere and didn’t have any traffic. Maybe once I get into Georgia they actually pave roads with shoulders.

Today was the first day I really had any problems with a town. It wasn’t anything to serious but they clearly didn’t want me staying here. It’s a small town with no hotels or anything so I didn’t have much of a choice other than the public park since it’s open to anyone. The police captain just didn’t want to deal with all the homeless phone calls and bad stigma I would bring while here. They sent out a police officer to verify my authenticity. The officer was super nice and was a marine veteran but he said the captain just didn’t understand and didn’t care. I am able to stay at this little park, because it’s not against the law but the officer did warn me about it staying really busy and it’s popular with teenagers at night. It’s just sad the police captain wouldn’t come down himself to hear my story instead of just sitting and complaining about it.

If you don’t want to hear a rant skip this paragraph.
I don’t like ranting because things don’t really get to me like that. So, I will only say this once. If you are driving and there is someone on the side of the road walking, running, cycling, crawling, or using any form of transportation including their feet, they have every right to the road as a car. Cars are not the only thing legal on a road. With that being said, if you pass someone and it works you up so much you feel the need to honk, yell, scream, cuss, or throw something it shows a lot about your character. You honking does absolutely nothing to us trying to get where we are going. But it’s really sad that 1-3 seconds of your day... just a couple seconds of an interaction can work someone up the way it does... and it’s even more sad if it works you up so much that you get where your going (like a gas station) and you complain there because you kept it with you for some long. It’s just a few seconds everyone.... just a few seconds. (P.S. I’m working on getting an air horn so I can have some fun and honk back) “Hate - - - it causes a lot of problem in this world and has never solved a single one.”

Tomorrow I’m hoping for a shoulder to the road... I’ll be working my way towards piedmont which will be about 32-33 miles. The officer told me I’ll have a gas station right outside of town but then it’ll be 30 miles before I see anything else as far as stores. The toads are still traveled a lot but they won’t be highways. Hopefully that’ll give me some nice good running room where I can just get in a good pace and go. It’s been a little bit since I’ve been able to just stride out and find a good pace and run. It’s been a lot of stop and go, stop and go, get off the road, run a little bit then get off the road again. My legs are ready to stretch out some and just enjoy a nice smooth paced day.

To my veterans out there!

Every positive change in your life starts with a clear, unequivocal decision to either do something or stop doing something.

All you have to do is take that first step and start or stop anything that prevents you from moving forward. You can do this, I have faith in you, the world has faith in you, and never forget you have brothers and sisters all around the world that will let you lean on them or take that first step with you or come and help you with any step of it gets to hard. We as U.S. veterans will have something less than one percent of American will ever have. We will have a family that was built from blood, sweat, and tears out there serving our country.

Day 13

Today’s miles: 29.2
Total trip miles: 367.62

 I am actually writing this on the morning of day 14. Yesterday was a pretty good day. I was able to make Albert Ville fairly quick and set up camp which resulted in me going to sleep much sooner than I normally have been.

I want to say thank you to the chief of police for allowing me to camp outside the recreational center which used to be their old national guard armory.

Today I’ll be making my way to rainbow city Alabama a little bit shorter day than what I have been doing. Today will be 26 to 27 miles.

I’m not sure if I’m going to try to catch up with my old route and link up to it somewhere or I’m just going to create a whole new one but I’ll keep everybody updated as I figure out what I’m gonna do.



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Day 12

Today’s Miles: 28.33
Total Trip Miles: 338.42

Today was a rough day. It took me a few hours longer to get where I was going than normal. The morning started out fine, was moving along nicely and got 5.5m in the first hour, quickly after I hit my one mile marker I turned onto a highway. The highway was very traveled and traffic was thick. There was no shoulder on the road and I spent a lot of time going on and off the road. Unfortunately I didn’t get a shoulder to the road til I had about 5 miles left in the run. It rained on me for a couple hours which made navigating the highway and traffic a little more difficult. Luckily, not everyday will be like this. The constant moving forward and the stopping then moving and stopping wore me out more than I had anticipated.

At the end of the run, Nick picked me up again right before the town of  Grant and the large Mountain climb. Which is going to be a fun climb in the morning!!! Tomorrow I’ll be heading towards Albertville. Aprox. 27-28 miles.

I want to thank Nick Vivian and his family again for housing me, feeding me, and letting me be apart of his Mother Days dinner! I want to let the world know... Nick Vivian can cook, like he can put some food down on the table that doesn’t disappoint! Fantastic cook! His parents were wonderful to talk to and they were such sweet people!

Tomorrow the road looks like it should have a big shoulder with plenty of running room once I get up the mountain. I’ll be crossing 5 different bridges which will be fun if they go like the previous bridges. Tomorrow will be a good day! I can just tell! After today being so rough, tomorrow will be great!

To my vets out there!
I want you to get up, walk to the mirror, look at yourself.
And repeat after me.
I have dreams that are worth more than my sleep.
I have ambitions that will not get done laying down.
I have goals that can’t be completed with my eyes closed.
I promise myself starting today I will open my eyes, wake up, and become someone that dreams with their eyes open!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Day 11

Today’s Miles: 28.34
Total Trip Miles: 310.09

Today was mild weather, not to hot and not storming thankfully!
It was a tough run just for the simple fact that there were so many cars and absolutely zero shoulder to the road. Spent a lot of time on and off the road.

Unfortunately today, something happened to my portable charger. After leaving a gas station to use the restroom and grab a body armour I noticed my gps was no longer connected to the cord... it was gone. Thankfully my mother was able to try and order one offline but it was a bigger hassle than Walmart could handle apparently. It took Nick and myself going to Walmart canceling the order and just buying the one they had in the store.

A big shout out to Deputy Morris Holmes of the Madison County Sherries office. He pulled me over and didn’t judge or get serious. He simply asked if I was okay and then asked if I had ate anything lately. As I was telling him I really hadn’t (the truth) he said keep going I’ll meet up with you again. He cane back with a drink, some fries, and a burger from Arby’s. Such a great guy to be so selfless and go out of his way to do that. I hadn’t even told him my story or anything at the time he just did it because he cared.

Lastly, Nick Vivian and his wife. Thank you for housing me and feeding me tonight! I have had a great time getting to know your family and having military reminiscing moments. The food was absolutely  amazing and I’ll never be able to thank you enough! The even sweeter and more gracious thing is.... they even offered to pick me up again tomorrow when I stop for the day so I can have good food and a bed again! So not only once but they are willing to take me in twice! Driving out of their way several times just for me! It really makes me feel full inside  and be grateful for the people around me! Nick, you are a wonderful man and veteran! You are the good in this world! Thank you for blessing me with everything you have been so willing to help with!

Tomorrow I’ll be running from where I stopped near Alabama A&M University to Grant, Alabama where Nick is going to pick me up again. Estimated 29-30 miles.

To my vets:
Believe in yourself!
Have faith in your own abilities!
Without Humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
You can not be successful or happy!
Live to be happy for you and no one else! Start with you and once you are happy those around you will feel your radiance and enjoy being around you!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Day 10

Today’s Miles: 27.7
Total Trip Miles: 281.75

Today was suppose to rain most of the day. Luckily I only got a very short period of it half way through the run. Other than that it was very muggy and warm. Had to keep a long sleeve shirt on due to some possible blisters forming on my arms, (yes, I sunscreen)

I was blessed to have been stopped by David Hamm and his wife! Lovely people, and such kind hearts! They filled me up with ice and water, even got me a Gatorade. They had got a huge bag of jerky at Branson and they had a tin of homemade crackers and so generously gave them to me. Thank you so much for being so kind to me and helping me along the way!

Just a few miles before stopping for the day I was stopped by a local journalist which was very kind and supportive. She asked simple questions and didn’t keep me to long. If you live local near Fayetteville you will find my story in your paper very soon!

It’s suppose to rain, so the local police station is letting me stay at a park under a pavilion since it has a roof. Food for tonight will be some tuna and crackers I have in my box.

Tomorrow I’ll make my way to Huntsville which was the reason for the change of route. The military base in town there. It’ll be about 32-33 miles and there has already been a very kind offer to help me out once I get there whether it’s food or shelter I’m not sure but I’ll be very thankful for anything!
Tonight it’s calling for rain all night and most of the day tomorrow.

For my vets,
If your down and out
You sleep all the time and eat very little
You are missing that sense of purpose you once had
The connections with your brothers and sisters in arms
I challenge you to wake up, get a good solid meal in, and reach out to the community. It can be a shelter, it can be a local race, it can be for other vets, it can be for anything. But I promise you once you take those steps towards helping those around you, you will find yourself again! Stay true to who you are and don’t forget that those who have fallen before you are looking down from above trying to help you stay strong!


Day 9

Todays Miles: 38.77
Total Trip Miles: 254.05

Today was the toughest day yet. 30 minutes into the day starting the rain came and it was hard and heavy and showed no signs of stopping. The wind was brutal with my face becoming a bit sore from the wind burn, and the sleet/hail was no fun either.
I tried out moving the storm and just keep pushing. It didn’t work. I couldn’t find shelter anywhere so I just had to keep going.
Once I got close to Lewisburg, someone contacted the VFW for me but unfortunately there was a misunderstanding and the extra miles was for nothing.
To avoid the storm I made the decision to use some money out of my food budget to get a cheap hotel. It was a little more expensive then I would have liked but it was something I felt would be a good idea. At the very least I would be able to get dry.
Tomorrow I’ll be heading towards Fayetteville, TN. I may go all 30 miles or I may just pull up short somewhere. Depends on the weather I guess.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Day 8

Today’s Miles: 25.98
Total Trip Miles: 215.28

It was a very hot day again with no shade.
I arrived in Franklin and headed to the VFW. I’ve spent the whole day at the VFW and have met several different people.

This young man is Mr. Bill Dawson. Great man, had a fantastic time chatting and exchanging stories and just enjoying a few hours. His son is also attempting some world records next year (polar exploration and desert exploration). Bill welcomed me with wide arms while I was there and I can’t thank you enough! I also met Andy Chasse who let me sleep out on the back patio tonight to get a shelter over my head for the storms coming. Thank you for your kindness! 

There really wasn’t anything special that went on today other than the special people I met from the Franklin VFW. 

Tomorrow will bring some challenges. There is a severe storm coming tonight that will bring heavy rain, hail, sleet, heavy winds, and a possible tornado. For miles tomorrow I won’t really know till i get going and just see how bad it gets. After I leave in the morning I will try to get as many miles as I can till I figure it’s time to try and find some shelter. The closet little bitty town is about 35 miles. So it may end up being a wooded area and try and put my tarp up. Tomorrow could end up being my first wilderness test. 

I have changed my original route. I was going to keep heading east, but I was informed that a military base in Huntsville, Alabama is interested in my running through the base and meet some people so I’m going to go ahead and do that since it’s still within the guidelines. It’ll take me a few days to get there but that’s where I’m headed. 

For my vets out there, I know you have storms in your mind and body like I’ll be facing tomorrow. You aren’t facing it alone. Every service member is riding that storm with you. Just think about those days that brought you closest to your friends and you’ll get out of this storm! Just always remember you’re not alone! You are strong, you are courageous, but you not matter what you will always have your brothers and sisters standing tall behind you! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Day 7

Today’s Miles: 24.74
Total Trip Miles: 189.3

Today was HOT, yes in all caps HOT! Not a shade tree in sight!
It was probably the day with the most hills so far but I’m actually starting to not mind them all that much. The down hills aren’t my enemy. It’s been “fun” trying to keep a 45 lb cart from wanting to sprint down the hill.

After camping out in the woods yesterday I woke up feeling pretty good! Made it to Dickson early in the morning and went to the VFW for some water and to take a minute and just talk to some of them. Found out the local police department had gotten me some snacks for the road! Special shout out and thanks to Mark Brusell, also a Navy Vet! He got me some jerky and some smoked almonds! I greatly appreciate it!

After talking with them I moved on and kept going. I ran through burns where a very sweet lady wanted a photograph with me before finishing just outside of Fairview. I could have kept going but I couldn’t turn down a hotel for the night. From the VFW in Dickson, Mr. Terry Davis was kind enough to get me a hotel for the night which happens to be near where I stopped. He helped me get my things into my room and took me back to the VFW so I could meet everyone and it was a really great time! Much needed laughs and good food. Thank you to everyone tonight who shared stories and good laughs!

One of the men at the VFW shared a song with me about military PTSD. If you haven’t listened to it I strongly go check it out. It’s called hometown battlefield. We loose way to many men to our hometown battlefields.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Franklin and was told to swing by their VFW. It’ll be around 25-26 miles but that’s alright. I don’t wanna pass up on some good times and good people before I gerbil our of the country. I’ll have time to make up the miles down the road some where.
With it being so hot out now, if anyone comes across me Ice or anything cold to drink will nevertheless get turned down!

For my vets out there!
This is for you!

One day you are going to look back. You are going to see yourself right now. You will see the struggles and battles. You will see and remember what it felt like. You will look back at right now and only one thing will come to mind...
After all this time, the bravest thing I ever did was live when I wanted to die.
You will look at yourself and see the battle you won and understand that it was the courage and bravery that will forever change your life and be the foundation for your next chapter.
So for today, be strong, if you can’t be strong let me know. I will be here to let you lean on me. We will be strong together. You will overcome this. You will climb high in your life and look down from the mountain top. For you are a United States veteran and you are there best there is!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Day 6

Today’s Miles: 23.11
Total Trip Miles: 164.56

Today was my first real hot day. I had lots of sunblock so I hope tomorrow I don’t feel to bad. I made it to my spot pretty early in the day and was going to get going but didn’t wanna push the ankle. It would’ve been another 20 to the next town but I would have had plenty of time. After thinking it over I figured I’d look around for a place to camp just Incase I did stay. City hall told me there wasn’t any spots they could let me camp but someone did say I could camp on their forest land outside of town.
I ended up flinging just to check it out and if it was a bust I would have left for Dickson but it was actually a really nice place under some evergreens and thought it best to just take the extra rest hours.

I had a dog follow me again for about 20 miles this time. Gave him water and once I got to town he split away. He was a pit bull an was a beautiful light brown.

They had a grocery store here and I was able to get a few fruits and grab a few more body armour drinks for the road.

Tomorrow the plan is to go past Dickson a ways. I’m hoping for a high 28-29 mile day but we will see what I get blessed with. I’ve heard that there is something going to provide me shelter in Dickson so they have to come get me and drop me off in the morning at the exact spot I stop the day before. Not to hard I’ll find a good place that has a big sign or something easy to identify and just look at my Garmin map.

I’m looking forward to doing a little laundry tomorrow hopefully!

If anyone’s looking to contact me they can go through my email,
Worldrun.djohnson@gmail.com
I check it daily!

Lastly, the Tennessee hills are no joke!

Before I go; if any vets are reading this, reach out to me if you need someone to just talk with. We can talk sports, books, movies, intellectually depth things. I’m here for you! If your down about something or feel something is pulling you back. Just remember, an arrow has to be pulled back before it can be fired. You are being pulled back but you will be fired into all your goals and dreams to set ahead of you!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Day 5

Today’s miles: 21.25
Total Trip Miles: 141.45

Running today on a very sore ankle from yesterday. With lots of hills, walking was a thing. Which is alright I got where I needed to be.

I seen some beautiful caves I would have loved to explore if I didn’t need to keep going. I stepped just inside or crawled just inside and they seemed to go back a ways when I shined my headlamp.

About 10 miles in a puppy dog started following me. He was so friendly. Beautiful coat. I tried for an hour to figure out his name with no luck so I just called him Tennessee. Just before I got to Tennessee Ridge his owner came and got him. He kicked him and called him stupid. I found out his name was Oreo (which I had tried) but he doesn’t listen to it. He seemed very scared of his dad unfortunately...

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to McEwen, Tennessee which is about 22 miles as well. Today wasn’t to bad on the ankle so I hope tomorrow is better! It’s a little bit bigger town than where I am now so it’ll give me a chance to get some crackers and stuff to put in the food box.

I do have a place to get ice in the morning which is going to be great! I look forward to filling all my jugs up again so I don’t have warm anything. One jug water, another jug tailwind (green tea), and the third body armor.

Tonight I’ll be staying in a small little gazebo. I was unsure if I was allowed to stay here, so when a wonderful couple walked by I was able to ask if I could. Being unsure they got ahold of the mayor for me. A little later on the Mayor Stony Odom came out and talked with me and let me know it was alright. Great guy we had a good conversation. The couple from the beginning  cane back. To my surprise  Gladis Anderson had brought me some homemade spaghetti, green beans, fresh fruit, and some hot rolls. Along with that Vernon Lane generously  gave me a small but meaningful and humble donation towards the cause. Thank you so much Gladis and Vernon! They are such humble people! Gladis even helped by saying a prayer before I ate! Not everyone in the world is bad.

For my Vets out there!
Today’s message is simple.
I know your fighting. I know it’s hard. The struggle daily with your mind. But my challenge to you is simple. I want you to pick a goal. Hiking, running a 5k, losing weight, gaining muscle, and I want you to start tomorrow. Start working towards it no matter how small your first step is. And then I want you to start putting health foods inside you. When you eat junk you feel like junk, I know I’ve been there. When you eat heathy it gives you the extra energy to go to the gym at the end of the day, or to go for that walk. The third thing is I want you to never say tomorrow. I never want you to tell your kind you will put it off till tomorrow. Becuase that will be come habit and your brain will respond to that. Always find that strength to go out there and get your goals! The ones who can fight through their own battles are the ones strong enough to change the world. Don’t wait to be motivated,
Let it be a priority over your phone , tv, or even going out to eat.

I want you all to say: tomorrow May 6th, I will start to pursue my goals and ambitions, I will take steps forward everyday no matter how small, and I will work to become the best me I know I can be!

The world loves you all and we want you to succeed!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Day 4

Miles Today: 27.55
Total Journey Miles: 120.2

Today started off feeling good. The rain came and was on and off for a few hours and again around the last two hours but nothing like the first two days.
My google maps app auto updated and rerouted me for some reason and I didn’t catch till about 7 miles in and at that point just had to go with it. It took me through so many hills and through the middle of no where.

Leaving Kentucky and getting into Tennessee I was hoping for less hills but it was about the same. The only difference was the hills in Tennessee looked like they were always drunk. I was really surprised they were still hills and hadn’t fall or thrown up rock everything by the looks of all the beer they had consumed.

I met a few more horses and met a blind dog named daisy who was 15 years old and was a total sweetheart! She makes up for the dog attack from the first day! She loved having her belly rubbed and her ears scratched!

With it being rainy and cloudy I wasn’t expecting to get much sun but lots of red skin  now.
The tan lines will be attractive right?

I did roll an ankle going over the very large Tennessee river bridge down my Paris landing.
So the next couple of days I’ll back the miles off some and let my ankle heal up.

Tomorrow I’ll be running to Tennessee Ridge and it’s looking like 22 miles from what I can see.
The biggest problem I have at the moment are gas stations and stores being so far apart. So if anyone comes  across me wants to get ice I would love you forever. Nothing stinks worse than 27 miles drinking hot water the whole time. Right now I’m doing good with honey stinger waffles  and cliff bars.

I want to give a huge shout out to Dover, TN VFW. They have provided me with a nice bed, shower, and a ride in the morning back to my gps location where I left off.

Side note: Body Armor Orange Mango is a life saver when I finally find a gas station. It has never failed to lift my mood and energy!

Second side note: I stop using my watch tomorrow (I may use it just this one last time till I figure out the InReach) but tomorrow I start using the Garmin InReach mini! I have subscribed for a unlimited gps ping every ten minutes. I still am over the moon about the donation from Brian Kelpe at Missouri Running Company! You have made this navy Veteran very thankful to be blessed with people like you!

Lastly, before I drift off asleep. Being alone in nature is such a soothing thing. The birds chirping and the wind blowing. Squirrels playing and snakes scaring you. It’s a great mind clearer.
For my veterans out there at need there mind cleared. Maybe take some weight off your shoulders for awhile. Go out in nature. Sit and just listen. Walk around and enjoy what has been put on this earth just for you! You have something inside all of you that would love to go check it out!
Ian’s if you can’t find help. Email me, comment on here, reach out to me and I’ll help the best I can or if I can’t help I’ll find someone who can! You are not alone! Vet lives matter! You matter!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Day 3

Miles Today: 23.2
Total Trip Miles: 92.65

Before I get into today I want to give a huge shout out to a a few people.
First: Bobby and Sherry Bollinger for taking me in, making my favorite broccoli cheddar chowder (having never made it before and it was amazing) and giving me a hot shower and a wonderful bed to sleep in. On top of that they took me around the lake and gave me a great rest of my day! Thank you so much for having such kind hearts and opening up your place for me today!

Secondly to Brian Kelpe at Missouri Running company for reaching out to others and getting me a Garmin InReach Mini. My watch gave me some trouble day two and today kept saying I was pacing at a 29 minute mile over and over. I’m not sure what is going on with it, but I am extremely grateful for the gracious gift and taking time out of your day and making this happen! You are such a blessing to have!
For anyone who doesn’t know Brian he is a humble and great guy, he owns the Missouri running company in Cape And poplar bluff. If you need anything or have questions about running he is the man to go to! He has all the gear and shoes you could want!

Today, was a great day. I felt great, the sun wasn’t out but somehow got burned still.... only doing 23.2 before noon really made me want to keep going but I couldn’t pass up a hot meal, a hot shower, and wonderful people!

Tomorrow I head into Tennessee. Not actually 100 percent how far being that there is a huge conservation area, so I’ll either make it all the way to Dover (35 miles) or I’ll find a nice spot before there. Tomorrow looks like rain most the day.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Day 2

Today started with 7 hours of hard heavy rain that made it difficult to see at times. So, it was a slow and steady day. After awhile your mind plays with you when the rain is seemingly endless. The sun did eventually come out for just a little. I took total advance of it!

Today rounded out to be a 33.83 mile day.
(Question got all my Garmin users. I have never had this problem before but I hit save activity. It confirmed that the activity was saved. I go look in activity history and it’s not there? What happen?

My favorite part of the day were the horses that kept running along the fence line and talking to me as the rain subsided.

Least favorite part besides the rain was the rolling hills the whole way and not a single place to stop for food or refill.

Another amazing note on the day is a huge storm with tornado possibilities is moving in and a complete stranger opened her sports complex building up for me! I had already found a pavilion and figured it would help but this was a blessing!

Off to Murray tomorrow!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Day 1

Today was a interesting first day. 

Rain over half The distance today ✔️
Strong head winds most of the day ✔️ 
Attacked by a dog (a few bloody claw marks on my leg/ teeth got my shorts) ✔️
Had to get across a 6 mile levee with no shoulder and a gnarly drop with lots of traffic ✔️
Had to make it across two 1 mile bridges with no shoulder while people yell and scream ✔️ 


I got 7 more miles in than what was originally planned. Mostly due to the storm they say is moving in with heavy rains and strong winds tomorrow. Total on day 1 is 35.5 miles. Started in Benton l, Missouri crossed the bridge into Illinois crossed the bridge again to end up in Kentucky. Camping a public park for the night. 

Lessons from today: 
There are clearly two types of people around here. One moves over on the road, one may stop and ask if your okay and need anything. The other moves closer and honks or yells vulgar language. The other speeds up and doesn’t care. 
Not sure why people feel in a rush. I move out of the way the best I can. 
For the people that stopped, you’re wonderful individuals! 

I didn’t really hit the pace I was wanting but the levee and bridges just took a good amount of time. Not that pace matters, I still got my miles in. 

Lastly, to everyone supporting me and praying for me I love you all and your greatly appreciated! 
Bryan at Missouri running company it was great having run three miles this morning and to my brother and mom doing what you do! πŸ’ͺ🏻
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For everyone that knows a veteran. Don’t forget to check on them from time to time, even the strong ones, they need it too!