One (fat) man, one life-long dream, a mountain of challenges

The Challenge

Getting to Machu Picchu takes many forms. There are trains and busses that run almost to the base of the mountain. Some trekkers undertake a two-day hike that takes them in and then up. Others opt for the hike I’ve chosen to pursue — the four day hike that takes them along the famed Inca Trail. 

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Why Machu Picchu?

There’s something about Machu Picchu, the city in the clouds, that has captured my imagination since childhood. So great is the impact this city has inflicted, the first publication I received after grad school was in Eclectica Magazine, for “Finding Machu Picchu.” You can read it here.

How It Started

Following Along

You can keep up with my progress, the planning, goals, and life in general here.

Hiking Manchester TN

Back In It Again

Way back in the day, before a global pandemic, before a wedding, I attended a big event in Los Angeles with my then-girlfriend. For eighteen hours, I was on hard[…]

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The First Shoe

I am at once a shoe junky and a shoe snob. So when I took up this challenge, I knew I was going to spend a lot of time trying[…]

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Finding Machu Picchu

Progress Report: Day 10

(Ten days in, I figured I’d give everyone a progress report, something I’ll try to do regularly. I imagine the format of these will change over time, so don’t get[…]

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Alpaca Expeditions

Overcoming (Low) Expectations

OR: Yes, I’m Really Going. Here’s the Proof When I was in my early 20s, I worked for an ISP in my hometown as a content developer. My job was to[…]

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Welcome to Hell – Vol. 1, No. 1

Or: Why Is Every Muscle Cell in My Body Yelling at Me? Whenever I look at myself in the mirror, I don’t recognize me. It’s my face, and those are[…]

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Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever…

My wife recently pointed out this game to me in a Target. It’s a card-based takeoff of the drinking game we used to play as colleges kids. While the scoring[…]

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