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Empty Lumber in the Land of Kiwi

Ridin’ Blind on Empty Lumber Outta Napier The Big Island drifted away between blurs of deep blue ocean and wispy clouds as I set my roots in New Zealand. That night, my plane landed in Auckland, and I walked about 100 meters from the terminal up an embankment of mulch. Shards of bark scrunched beneath

Train Hopping

A Year of Freight Trains

The Adventures of Brian Cray A Year of Freight Hopping           WATCH THE 2017 RECAP OF FREIGHT HOPPING! Please like, subscribe or comment if you haven’t already…the more exposure will help to self-publish a book if it is not picked up by a publisher.   The book covering my train hopping

Back on the Road Again

Train Hopping Klamath Falls to Roseville Work ended, leaving me back on the road again, train hopping Klamath Falls on a deadline. A long month of slave labor, working a minimum wage job, washing dishes, gave us a bit more travel money for New Zealand. Antsy to leave, I watched the clock tick slowly nearing

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Hitchhiking

Island Air and the Psychic Mermaid

Island Air Shutdown, Went Out of Business Abruptly So my wife pestered me to book my flight back to Honolulu two days prior to my departure for Auckland, New Zealand.  I didn’t really want to, but catered to her request to make her happy, giving me ample time to get situated in Oahu without interruptions

Walla-Walla-Bing-Bong, Cassidy and Holiday

Hitchhiking Volcano National Park I pushed my flight back until November 14th while my visa processed for New Zealand. With the sudden change of destinations I decided to venture to the Big Island of Hawaii, taking the first leg of my flight to Honolulu and redirecting to Kona Airport. My wife and I flew together

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Hiking

Sacred Falls Takes Some Balls

Hiking Hawaii’s Sacred Falls Trail So after bumming around Kauai and Maui for a month with my wife I found myself back in Oahu for a few days of work along with sunshine and a thirst for more exploration. Now I did not do much research about hiking Hawaii’s Sacred Falls trail. I knew it

Kalalau Trail Hawaii’s Most Dangerous Hike

Hiking Kalalau Trail Hawaii’s Most Dangerous Hike We landed in Kauai rather late after hitching a ride to the airport with Kalei’s ex-boyfriend. As we walked out of the airport I sensed a more laid back environment than Oahu. Maybe the rural, scenic highway walking down Route 56 skewed my judgement, or maybe walking straight

Stairway to Heaven Hawaii – Haiku Stairs

Stairway to Heaven Hawaii – Haiku Stairs Back before Kelly and I became newly weds in Arcosanti, AZ we both expressed our strong passions of adventure by aspiring to travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Not just any island, but more specifically Oahu because of the deadly, yet spectacularly beautifying hike only seen in a tropical

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