Big shout out to Steve, LJ, Mark, Skeeter, and the whole crew at GearHeads!
From Fruita, Colorado until I got into town everyone told me I had to visit three places in Moab: Arches National Park, Moab Brewery, & GearHeads.
Entering the outdoors gear shop I wanted to buy everything I saw, even the unrelated stuff -- there was so much packed into this one store. The staff were fairly knowledgeable and super friendly. They assisted me in finding the following items:
* Mountain Time freeze dried dinner meals to cook and eat while camping
* Small propane canister for my portable stove
* 3-Liter Platypus water reservoir, an upgrade from my 2-liter one
* Tactical lighting device with tons of neat features (graciously donated)
* Black Diamond gaiters to keep thorns, rocks, sand, and everything else out of my boots while walking (graciously donated)
* Various Clif meal bars, flavors I never tried before because I like to experiment (graciously donated)
Overall great shop, great people, and thanks again guys -- these gaiters are priceless!GearHeads Outdoor Store
471 S Main St
Moab, UT 84532
Moab, Utah. Much thanks to everyone who has made a tax-deductible donation to the American Diabetes Association through my coast to coast walk! We have almost reached our $20,000 goal and are just $2,000 away.
For those that want to donate or to the multitude that have promised to give but haven't yet, today should be that day. Click HERE to donate as little as a $10. It's great that I'm walking across the nation, but the donations have to come in to help this organization and make an impact.
100% of your tax-deductible American Diabetes Association donation goes to diabetes services and diabetes research to find a cure. Diabetes is a growing health issue in this country and we must do what we can to stop it, so please DONATE -- Thank you for your support!
Before hitting the Kokopelli Trail
) to make my way into Utah
, I did this news interview (#7) with Taylor Kanost
of News Channel 5 of Grand Junction, CO
. This was recorded right outside the Fruita public library.
Click one of the links below to watch...
Source 1: http://bit.ly/10OVs19
Source 2: Click HERE
North Platte, Nebraska. Musician and a man of many talents, Rob was gracious enough to let me stay with him for the night while I was traveling through western Nebraska.
Rob plays in a great sounding jazz swing band and a rock band as well. He also plays a major role in most of the music events that take place in the North Platte area.
That night he invited me to talk at an event he was hosting titled "Shoestring Travel
". It was held at Michelle Stephens' POP Co-working
) which is a new business workspace & incubator for creative entrepreneurs located in a great space downtown.
It was an intimate turnout, I met some great people, and enjoyed speaking about my experiences through Couchsurfing
). That night I also learned to play "The Settlers of Catan
" board game (catan.com
). It is a very interesting multiplayer game that I can see people getting very addicted to.
That night I slept in a Craftmatic adjustable bed. It was God sent, my legs were elevated the whole night and felt brand new the next day!
Rob is a spectacular host, smart guy, excellent musician, and just a great individual! I'm really glad I got the chance to be Rob's guest.
Mesa County, Colorado. This was the second day of walking through White River and Grand Mesa National Park. The first day was extremely challenging, I could write a whole article about. However, the second day things started to come together. I found a reliable trail and shot this.
Moab, Utah. On my way to Moab I ran into Jason, Phil, Alex, & Simon (who took this photo). They are from The University of Buffalo Geology located in upstate New York. They saw my sign while driving by and couldn't believe it, these guys were great! We talked for a bit, they offered me water, and also made a donation.
Moab, Utah. Thank every one that assisted me with directions, donations, food, water, and supplies during my walk from The Kokopelli Trail in Fruita to the Outdoors Recreation capital of the US.
The stretch I walked was more mentally challenging than walking through the cold this past Winter however very visually rewarding. My top issues were:
1. The intense heat with little shade
2. Insects constantly flying in my face
3. Little shoulder room on the road
4. Water supply getting too hot to drink
5. Constantly having to filter water from the Colorado River
6. Newly acquired Gatorade addiction
Special thanks to the Ashley & Pete for being great hosts, Walgreens staff in Fruita, Subway in Fruita, Henry at Starvin' Arvin, mountain biker that gave me Kokopelli directions, young girl with mom who noticed me from TV, cool dad in shades driving SUV (hope you're in Moab), Tony in Fruita who saw me on TV and donated, Yolie who saw in on the highway & donated, Jayme who donated, Fruita library, KJCT (Shannon) & News Channel 5 (Taylor) in Grand Junction, Lisa who gave me water, the couple that provided me with cold water, the guy who gave me a boiling hot bottle of water (its the thought right?), Tony & his cute family who provided me some food, the bikers troubleshooting the GoPro, all the cars full of young adults showing me love, Kelly for the donation, Phil/Alex/Simon/Jason of the University of Buffalo Geology for the water & donations, Sorrel River Ranch Restaurant staff (you guys were so awesome and food was great!), the gentleman who covertly covered my breakfast, Mike of Deep Desert Expeditions for the water/advice/recommendations, the Denny's staff of Moab, the Moab couple I spoke to before reaching, Mark & Susan of the Louisiana State Museum for being great & encouraging,
Kari & Chuck who donated, the water rafting dudes who offered water, all the cars that gave me the right of way on these narrow roads, and everyone in the Moab area who honked, yelled, waved in support!
Much love to everyone!
Grand Junction, Colorado.
Thanks to Shannon
for a great interview (#6) about my Diabetes Walk. Click on link below to view.Source #1: Click link to watch: bit.ly/112ZA92
Source #2: Click link HERE
to watch.May 2013SoilTrek.com
Out of a Pontiac Firebird stepped a tall young gentleman by the name of William
. We talked for a bit about my walk and he made a great donation. After a school bus full of kids pulled up and a short shirtless fat man jogged by I knew it was time to thank William and keep trucking.
Later on that day several miles down the road, William caught up to me and we got a bite to eat. We spoke about a wide array of different topics including our personal lives, where we grew up, current aspirations, hobbies, the importance of traveling, and females.
It was definitely a pleasure meeting and conversing with a young gentleman with such class, holding a clean slate in an world of endless opportunity. I wish William all of the best!ASIDE: Also big thanks to Corrie (stay awesome), Jesse, the woman that provided me the sandwich & goldfish crackers while I was walking in the rain, and the guys that truck that donated.
Lakewood, Colorado. On the day I left Denver I spotted this awesome statue which was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives for this great country.