Atlanta Job to Austin Fun

After Jamaica I picked up my truck from Virginia and headed south to Atlanta.  It was a gorgeous ride down.  I t felt good to be back in my pickup with my Laughing Buddha, Tibetan Prayer Flags and my road atlas!  IT was fun taking the back roads and I actually made better time because of it!   Once in Atlanta I met up with the crew who I would be working with at a mansion that we would be staying at.  Well actually just the basement but it was renovated and super rad!

  Then it was off to work refinishing bathrooms for the dorms at University of Georgia.  Some jobs are just stepping stones to get onto the next thing in life, this job was just that.  Work flew by and soon we were done and now it was time for me to figure out what was next.


  The highlight of my time in Atlanta was the last day when i went to a hot power yoga class with my awesome friend Jenna Downey!  We rocked that yoga class and it just felt so good.  Afterwards I felt dehydrated so i drank a few liters of water then we went out for dinner!  BBQ + Beers + Outside Patio = the absolute best!  It was fun hanging out and chatting! Thank you for everything Jenna!  Pura Vida!

  Straight from Atlanta I had the opportunity to go to Austin TX to work with my friend Colin whom i just met in Jamaica!  Sounds like a plan to me so as soon as the Atlanta job was done I was on the road to Austin!



  I picked up some coconut oil at a Trader’s Joe so i would have something to do to keep me up whilst driving.  Oil pulling is not only good for you but it keeps you up to because if you fall asleep with a mouthful of oil it just leaks all over you.  Whoa wait a minute?!  Is my route planning correct?!  I would be passing through Tuscaloosa AL – the place my epic friend Jen Chapman resides!  Sweeeeeeeet!  So i called her and she was all up for meeting up along my toad trip.  We ended up meeting at a park for a little hang out jog session.  It was a gorgeous day and I made it there with great time so I just hung out on the tonneau cover of my truck and felt the sun rays.  Then my day became exponentially better!  The beautiful smile and laughter of Jen woke me out of my sunshine slumber and with no time wasted we were heading out for a jog. No better way to break up a 14 hour drive than with a quick meet up at a park for a trail run and a workout and also a few headstands too!  We ended up running roughly 7k at a super fast pace and did an ab workout and partner pushups at the turn around!  Such a glorious day and so perfect for my ride.


After the workout run we headed to a place by the river for brunch.  Beautiful time talking in a beautiful place eating delicious food! My kind of day!  Just when I thought i would head out and be gone Jen invited me to her office in the STADIUM!  We walked around University of Alabama, went into her work cave, saw all the sets where everything is filmed and even went into the Stadium!  The perfect afternoon with my best friend!  It was hard to go but after a double bear hug Ii had to get back on the road to Austin.   Pura Vida Jen!!!!!



 It was a beautiful day still for a ride and I planned to go through Shreveport LA.  I figured if I was tired I would try to find a place to crash there.  During my driving I sometimes like to burn some incense and sage myself and tonight I was in a sage mood.  I felt great and love the smell and felt vibrationally light.  Just said “Thank You” out loud to the Universe when to the right of the road AN ALBINO DEER!!!!!  Pure white and majestic!  Time slowed an dI felt like we made eye contact for a few minutes which only was like a millisecond!  So dupe pumped I had to get a hold of my reiki master, yoga teacher and incredible friend Lisa Fleming who then gave me the rundown.  All in all i am super lucky and the Universe is telling me I am on the right path and to keep flying! Pura Vida!!!!

  The deer had me super stoked but it was getting late and i decided to look for a place to rest.  I am not a fan of fast food or McDonald’s but son of a gun they are everywhere and also have free wifi.  I stopped at one and found a place in Shreveport for only $39 that night!  I don’t mind sleeping in my hammock or in my truck sometimes but for that cheap I would go for it for a better sleep.  Turns out it was a last minute deal at a Horseshoe Casino!  I went to check in and after a few smiles and jokes I was upgraded to the top floor VIP Level!  The girl at the desk really liked my hair I guess.  I had a king bed with enough space in the room for an aerobics class, 6 flat screen TVs, a shower for a cheerleading squad, a hot tub next to it and also a superb view overlooking the river boardwalk lights!  It was awesome!



  I enjoyed a nice night’s rest and was up when I woke up an headed out without even looking at a clock! Those are the best times when you just go with what your body feels.  Sooner than later after some hot backroads I arrived at Colin’s place.  Hung out with his wife Autumn and their dogs for a bit then moments later we were doing garbage fit in his back yard!  Garbage fit is like cross fit but you make all your own challenges and I think it is way more tough!  Such a great time with such great people!


  We had a few more adventures there including running in the hills, carrying rocks to the top, sliding down waterfalls and showing kids how to hang on a metal pipe to get into the middle of a rapid before being plummeted through the rest of the rapids!  Oh and i can’t forget how lunch by a river turned into a dancefest on stage at a bar next to a concert!  All great times all the time!  Oh and we all got tattoos too 

Then it was off to work!  I learned so much and had so much fun and met such amazing people who are not only the best workers around but also some of the best friends i have now!  I worked hard with the crew but also showed them how to have fun too!  Pushups and rooftop headstands became the regular.  They taught me spanish and I taught them some english and other spanish slang I picked up along my travels.  I am excited to get back to Austin to see the crew again one day!  Pura Vida!

  Another highlight of my time in Austin was connecting with my awesome friend Christy Siebert who I haven’t seen in years!  Pure Awesomeness all around!  She was my dance partner in the dancefest we had, my yoga partner for some great classes at Black Swan Yoga and the best company for my last day in Austin!  Had fun hanging out and look forward to seeing you again!

Day 17: Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon

Day 17:  18.6 kilometers

Total:  512.9 kilometers

Today I got up early and was feeling good.  I packed my stuff and went down to the kitchen for a few moment to have some water and surf the web.  My friend Richard came down too.  He sat next to me then read the bible and smiled.  I forget where he is from but he doesn’t speak English and just a little of Spanish but we communicated very nicely.  The funny thing is he thought I looked like Jesus and wanted a picture.  I think that’s funny.  So we took a picture and then I departed into the night! Moments later only half way across the bridge Richard came running to me! Another person came into the kitchen after I did and he thought I left a bag.  What a good guy to come running out to try to help me.  After that we parted ways, he stayed on the road and I went on the side path.  This days route was all along the road so I didn’t need my flashlight, just had to stay close to the road.  That was made easy by all the cars whizzing by.  It was a different morning than what I was used to but I still looked up and saw my shooting star :)   I made a heart in the dark! Can you see it in the picture below?!

After a while I was already in a few small towns and heading to Leon!  I saw the sunrise I. The clouds behind some buildings and just when I was like man I missed the sunrise an opening appeared where I had a direct view! Perfect timing is no timing and just going with the flow and you will be where you are supposed to be when you need to!  What a sunrise!  It was just beautiful!

I made a few more hearts going into the city because for people like me when you get the camino mindset it’s hard to come into a actual city. There is the old part and new part of Leon and they all mix.  Many tourist shops and restaurants all with elevated pricing for Semana Santa.  So many people! The little towns you would see 20 people tops and this one you see 20 people a second!  It’s kind of wild for me when I settle my mind into my camino. I enjoy the little moments and small places. They big cities kind of overwhelm me.

It only took a little but after I made it into Leon for me to find a nice Albergue that wasn’t on my guide but rather by recommendation of the hospitalera in Mansilla de las mulas.  It was worth it! 10 euros got me a nice room with 2 bunks but only me and another guy from Germany. We had our own toilet and shower and laundry was free in the basement. To make it batter right next door was plaza San Francisco. A beautiful fountain and benches and flowers and beauty! I loved it! I spent some time there in the sun writing postcards whilst my clothes were being washed.  I made good time to Leon and left early in the morning so I took a quick nap!  Well deserved!
After the nap I went out exploring and found a lot of cool things to look at. As I was about to be in the plaza in front of the cathedral I heard my name and it was Alex from Brazil with a bunch of other people.  We all sat down for a drink and some bread. So many new people I forgot there names but I do remember Christine who I went out exploring the churches in town!  The architect and the time it would take was impressive. We walked and talked for a while before heading back to see the others still sitting there at the table. The cathedral opens at four so we were just in time.  We all went on our own tour of the cathedraland it really was beautiful with all the stained glass and arches! Afterwards we all met in the plaza and I took a picture of everybody then made some more friends for myself! What a day!

After that I grabbed a bocadillo for dinner and grabbed some supplies <AshleyQuinn> for tomorrow’s lunch and headed back to the Albergue to drop it off.  Quick turnaround and I back in the bleachers awaiting the precession for Semana Santa!  I hung out with a little kid and his 2 sisters who had fun talking with me in Spanish. There parents were selling balloons and such for the parade. I guess there is one boy and 13 sisters! Whoa !  I sat I there hanging out with them laughing until the sun went down.  It started getting cold so I decided to walk around and look for some coffee.  With coffee on hand I walked to the center next to the cathedraland my oh my there were a lot of people. The description would not do justice but it’s a you had to be there type of thing.  I did take a few photos and a video or two for my summary video.  When I get back to the states I’ll put something together with all my photos and such.  Overall a wild night of sights and sounds in massive proportions!  I walked back in a maze of bars and such getting kind of lost and re routed due to the parade but eventually made it back to the Albergue! With freshly washes clothes laid out for tomorrow and my bag packed to is time I head to bed!