Author: MichaelDeVault

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 L.A. pavement, logging over 40,000 steps in a pair of leather-soled Cole Haan Oxfords. The next morning, I stepped onto the cold floor of the…
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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 on shoes, finding the “perfect” choice for a 26.3 mile trek through the Andes Mountains. At the same time, I haven’t been in a proper…
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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 too used to how this goes.) DAY 10 Time to Summit: 226 days Date of Departure: Aug. 20, 2022 Present Weight: 284.6 Workouts Completed this week: 3 Field…
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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 catalog local web sites in our portal — Yahoo! for local businesses, if you will. In my “off” time, I wrote items of interest. One…
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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 my hands, my arms, my legs. But they’re connected to something that I don’t see as myself. It’s some demented artist’s representation of myself. At…
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