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BSBD and the Westbound Train

As I sit here, waiting for my flight to leave for New Zealand, my mind drifts to the thought of the afterlife and if there really is peace, happiness and eternal sunshine beyond the grave.  No, I am not dying.  No, I am not worried about the life I lead, its inherent risks and dangers,

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 adventures is now COMPLETE! Freight Hopping Back

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 2

Dirty Face in Pecos

Train Hopping Pecos, TX Martin dropped us off at the Love’s in Pecos.  But, by then the black dawn shimmered under loose stars vaguely seen through the stormy clouds, so we refrained from night hitchhiking and I pondered train hopping.  My nose flushed to a blushy red and I sniffled on the sidewalk by the

Come on Down to Cleveland Town

Train Hopping  Cleveland to Chicago Because of Rooster’s outstanding warrant in Ohio we needed to stay low-key while we wandered around Cleveland waiting for our next train. Somehow or another we ended up sleeping under a bridge on the sidewalk adjacent big orange traffic drums.  I yawned feeling too tired to argue with his tomfoolery,

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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

Skeevy Kevin and Umpqua Hot Springs

Umpqua Hot Springs Tim crawled into Umpqua Hot Springs and nestled close to Grace. I noticed this older, skinny, pasty white, balding man with a gaunt face and weak body, glaring at her with infatuation. His eyes focused in on her vividly, but at first he didn’t speak or make eye contact.  He sat there

Oh My God Hot Springs

“So where ya guys headed,” I said making eye contact with Grace casually while Tim gave me the evil eye. She smiled with her long brown curly hair draped over her flannel and in a chipper tone said, “I dunno…Tim knows of these hot springs…what’s it called babe?” “Umpqua Hot Springs…been comin’ here for many

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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

Mount Humphrey and the Super Sayin’

Mount Humphrey Requesting days off at work now is nearly impossible with the influx of more tourists who want to look at the stupid Canyon. I got off Valentine’s Day weekend recently, and spent a few romantic nights with my Kelly. We spent some of our time with the little doggy, but to my surprise,

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