A Little Bit About My Epic Road Trip

Somewhere In Chapel NC there is a road sign that follows my blog

Somewhere In Chapel Hill NC there is a road sign that follows my blog

I got tired of the fitness series so decided three posts related to that was more than enough. Instead I decided I would write a little bit about my brush with the nomadic lifestyle and being a little bit homeless.

It all started back in November. I had been planning my epic road trip for a few months and could not wait to say au revoir to the Coast Guard and hit the open highway. Well now I’ve been on the open highway for almost a month (Sunday will be the month mark) and I would love to be in a situation where my butt didn’t feel like it was permanently glued to a car seat. If I’m not driving I’m walking. Just about every place I’ve visited so far I’ve walked till I’ve dropped.  One reason I cut my fitness series short was because I couldn’t keep writing about all the walking I was doing! It’s been grueling and I think I’m ready to walk a marathon.

New Orleans Santa

New Orleans Santa

Now apart from my sore butt and tired feet I’ve really enjoyed this trip. America is incredibly diverse. Cape May NJ is a very different town from New London CT. Philadelphia PA is a different country compared to San Antonio TX. And Boston is a totally different planet from New Orleans. I could spend hours just writing about the differences in the culture and history of each place.

I realize that for a lot of people getting outside of their town is both expensive and terrifying. But I also realize that a lot of people are making weak excuses for not getting out and seeing new places. To travel and open up your eyes to a new world and create a more empathetic heart you don’t have to leave your country. You can benefit greatly just from traveling around the states. It’s a good stepping stone or baby step for anyone considering world travel. It’s easier to plan and budget trips in your country while still being able to see different lifestyles and learn from them.

This San Antonio shop is strangely similar to most of the markets in Mexico

This San Antonio shop is strangely similar to most of the markets in Mexico

My trip is far from over. I’m not scheduled to end my homelessness till Christmas Eve. But so far between my travel in the Coast Guard and this road trip I’ve gotten a very clear picture of how diverse and interesting America is. Go explore for your self and see if I’m wrong. I know you’re curious!

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Staying Fit While Traveling Part 3

This last week I was visiting our nation’s capitol. Here’s what I did….

Pushups for Lincoln

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Lunges for Washington

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Sit ups for Korea

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Squats for Vietnam

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And burpees for WWII

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Have a great week!

Staying Fit While Traveling Part 1

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Staying in shape is difficult. It’s literally a pain in the butt and requires time and energy. But it makes you feel good, stay healthy, look hot, and boosts confidence. So what happens when you decided to put yourself in a situation that takes you away from a regular routine?

I am currently on a 1.5 month journey across the states. Fitness is an important part of my life so it’s difficult for me to get thrown out of my usual schedule. That’s why I decided to do this series, staying fit on the road. My on the road fitness journey started this past weekend in Boston, MA. It was my first time visiting, and it was the perfect place to start this little project.

My first order of business was to go to Salem, MA where I had the best Indian food you can find on the East Coast. If you’re ever in Salem go to Passage to India. It’ll be well worth your time. After stuffing my face with nan and curry, my travel buddy and I walked around the main center of Salem. I’ll be honest, Salem sucks. It’s really boring, there’s hardly any history stuff, the witch shops are cheap and gimmicky, and there’s to many brick buildings. However, we did walk for about an hour looking at the few witchy shops Salem has to offer. Workout for the day, done. It is very important after any workout to have some kind of recovery meal. My recovery meal was an asparagus salad, and huge slice of chocolate mousse cheesecake from the Cheesecake factory.

The next workout happened Sunday when we went and explored the City. As a warm up we went to a lovely little coffee shoppe called The Thinking Cup. This cute coffee shoppe sells Stumptown coffee, proud moment from me since that’s THE coffee roaster of Portland OR, and makes delicious nutella filled croissants. Also their baguette sandwiches are pretty tasty.

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After a serious warmup at The Thinking Cup we began the main bulk of our workout. Walking around the city. This was actually a pretty real workout. We walked at least 5 miles, which in winter boots on the old roads of Boston isn’t the easiest task. For a little break we stopped into the Green Dragon for some drinks and the best mussels I’ve ever eaten. And of course we stopped at Mike’s Bakery and had some desert. After replenishing our depleted bodies we braced ourselves for the hardest part of the day’s workout, climbing to the top of the Bunker Hill memorial. In all seriousness that was actually difficult. It’s over 200 steps. I’m in pretty good shape, and I had sore calves the next day. To finish up we went to a delicious Italian restaurant Benevetos. By the end of the day we were completely beat down.

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For those of you shaking your heads because you thought this article would be more helpful I did do a tabata workout on Monday. Tabata is when you take an exercise and perform it for a period of time, usually short, then rest for an even shorter period of time. For example, you could do pushups for 20 seconds then rested for 10. I picked four exercises and did the 20×10 rotation for a minute then switched it up. After 16 minutes you are beat and feel like you did an hour’s worth of working out. Tabata is usually done with body weight exercises. It can be done anywhere easily and without taking up much time while still making you feel great!

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Fitness and staying in shape is great and amazing and everyone should do it. But honestly sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. I happen to love food and traveling and the two together can make a normal hardcore workout routine pretty damn difficult. But it can still be done and we can still have plenty of time for fun along the way.

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Saying No To a Steady Paycheck

I’m in the the Coast Guard. That means I get a steady paycheck, full medical, solid job security and a simple, straight forward way to earn pay raises and advances. So why leave and not make it 20 years and make retirement at 38? When I first announced I would be getting out and pursuing other paths I was asked almost daily if I was sure I wanted to give up my steady paycheck. And every single time I answered yes. I was and am 100% positive I am doing the right thing. For me life much more than having an easy future. Money and steady income do not equate to happiness. It’s an old concept and we’ve all heard it a million times, but I truly felt that the steady paycheck was no longer a good enough reason to keep doing the work I was doing. The world was literally calling my name but I didn’t have the freedom to answer the call.

Many people face the same dilemma I did. Do you give up a job that is kind of boring or only kind of what you want but has a steady paycheck or do you take a leap and pursue your dream without the certainty that you will survive? Surviving means different thing to different people. Many people are just fine surviving with a subpar job and living comfortable, boring lives. While others suffocate and fade away because they want to pursue other things but are to afraid to leave the clutches of money and a known future. I know this is especially true of people with children. It’s hard to up and leave a steady paycheck when you have extra mouths to feed. However, money and security in a job is a false promise. Even the military is not as secure as everyone would have you think. Too many of us place our faith in the steady income and the safe futures promised to us. Society says if you follow xy and z you will have a good life, healthy children, and a lovely retirement. But we all know that is not true. Lay offs, paycuts, sickness and death are just a few things that can happen in the blink of an eye and leave you wondering why you wasted time doing something you weren’t satisfied with. It’s a real struggle choosing to pursue security or your dream.

For me the decision was difficult.  Leaving a steady paycheck is not always as easy as I hate my job and want to see the world. I actually really love the Coast Guard and think it’s a wonderful career. It all comes down to what will you want to see flash before your eyes when you die. I knew that if I continued to keep my job in the military I would be let down by the system eventually and always regret not pursuing my hearts desire. My hope is that you too are able to make the right decision for your own life. There’s no right answer. That is something you have to decide for yourself.