So two days ago I arrived in the crazy city of Manila in the Phillipines. Its been quite a shock going from living on trail with a very small group of people that you know intimately to being in a metropolis of almost 13 million people. It’s great to have access to real food, wifi and all my RAW images from the CDT. I’ve been editing photos and getting back into some sort of normal rhythm and it feels amazing. Here’s a photo from early on in the trail in Montana.
4 years ago I scooped up this polka dot pup from the @humanesociety and he's been at my heels (or 100 yards in front of me) ever since. Back in August when I asked you "Hey Sully! Do you want to go on an adventure?" It definitely wasn't what either of us had envisioned. Through all of the cactus crawls, rock scrambles, coyote calls and Walmart parking lots, you still stuck by my side. Maybe sometimes reluctantly. Our first mile on trail you fell to the ground faking an injury so you wouldn't have to carry your own pack. There were a few moments I thought you were going to call up Sarah McLachlan and start singing "In The Arms of the Angels" to her over the phone but lucky for me, you don't have opposable thumbs. Thanks for being my polka dot sidekick through all of our adventures. Happy Gotcha Day, (Mookie / Mookenstein / B.Jones / Chili Dog) Sully!!!🐶💙
I took a lot of photos at the Southern terminus and this one of @cheesebeard_hikes is probably my favorite of the bunch. After the trail was finished we partied and made our way to Albuquerque. Myself, Cheesebeard and Rusty rented a car and drove about 25 hours over two days back to Charlotte. It’s been a great couple of days easing into normal life and preparing to head off to Asia. I’ve started editing photos, shooting YouTube videos and compiling my journal notes into semi readable blog posts, stay tuned.
By extreme awesome dumb luck and happenstance, Nick, Sully and I were in the middle of nowhere during the Solar Eclipse. We took a break by a pond to have lunch, sipped on some beers we had packed out and experienced totality just the 3 of us. It was nothing shy of pure magic.🌑#flashbackfriday
My hat became a representation of myself. Worn down and tattered after 7,800 miles of hiking. But with determination, a few repairs, and a little luck it stayed together and completed the journey! 📸: @tylercosgrove92
And just like that it's over. We're heading towards Georgia today feeling bittersweet. Being a part of 3MPH has meant more to me than I would have ever imagined. Our diverse, offbeat, hilarious, insane and talented crew feels like a family now. We have some of the weirdest inside jokes (MmmMmm) and made more memories than I can count. Together, we experienced some extreme highs and lows... Getting sponsors was a high. One of the tires nearly falling off of the Yeti was a pretty good low. It felt at times that the lows were outweighing the highs but ultimately the tribulations brought us all closer and I've never been part of a stronger team. This project has thrown me completely out of my comfort zone. I've learned a lot about myself and what lights me up. I feel like a different person now from when I first decided to drive west in August. I'm a better person because of this project and I can't help but feel thankful that I had the opportunity to experience this adventure. Today's long drive back to the Peach State will be a tough one but I'll continue to reminisce and rock out to 90's jams to keep myself from ugly crying. I am ready for the next adventure.
Extra shout out to the 20 year old, hard schwackin, triple crowning badass @oc_boyd I met him on day one of the PCT, and he continues to impress me, not just with his hiking stats but his humble attitude and positivity in even the toughest of situations. You da man OilCan! PS if you wanna know how hard this guy schwacks look at the battle wounds on his legs #3mphfilm
On November 10th 1978 the Continental Divide Trail was designated. 39 years later to the day, we made it to the Mexico border!🇨🇦👉🏼🇲🇽👏🏼Congratulations to Pebbles and Pie for completing the CDT!🎉 Congratulations to Rusty, Cheesebeard and Oilcan who all earned their Triple Crown titles!👑👑👑 And let us not forget the film crew who have been along for the adventure from start to finish. It took a village and we couldn't have done it without them. Cheers to our fearless leader and talented director, Nick "Click" Reichard. Without him and his ability to dream big, none of us would of had this once in a lifetime opportunity. Cheers to you and cheers to 3MPH!🍻
Thank you to everyone who has followed our adventure and cheered us on from near and far. The outpouring of support during our journey has been unbelievable. That's a wrap, folks!🎬 It's time to head to our other homes off the trail to see our families, loved ones and take some serious showers. Stay tuned for more updates as we move into the second phase of production! We cannot WAIT to share our film with you. Thank you thank you thank you!😘
The trail may be finished but the adventure is far from over.🏁
Lots of Love and Happy Trails!✌🏼💖😊
Cholula and The 3MPH Crew
Yesterday at about 12pm myself and the 3MPH crew arrived at the Southern Terminus of the Continental Divide Trail. We walked from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico. We walked through some of the wildest areas that America has to offer. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and one of the most rewarding. Thank you to everyone that was part of the journey. 📷 - @tylercosgrove92
Congrats to all my friends who completed their CDT hike, triple crown, and part of the filming of #3mphfilm . I can’t believe this whole adventure is now coming to an end. Here is a picture of a couple of border hopping hikers.
Last night we pulled over to take in one of our final New Mexico sunsets. Now I'm sitting at McDonalds in Lordsburg because they have coffee and a bathroom. I've been wearing my favorite striped shirt for 5 days. U2 just came on as a reminder of this weird, wild, crazy adventure we've been on.
"I wanna feel sunlight on my face. I see the dust-cloud disappear without a trace. I wanna take shelter from the poison rain.
Where the streets have no name." Welp. That sums it up. Soaking up our last day out here and having all the feels.💫
It's hard to believe that this chapter of the adventure is coming to an end. As much as I'm looking forward to being home in Georgia with my own bed and toilet (oh, and seeing my family and friends too!) I will miss this crazy life. This was taken back in August. My first morning out here waking up in Yellowstone. It feels like yesterday.✨
Yesterday me and @jordanshankman went to scope out how to get to the souther terminus of the CDT. Turns out It is 20 miles of off-roading hell. Slowly coming to the realization that this experience is all coming to an end soon. #3mphfilm
The Toaster House cannot be described other than a magical vortex. I really wish someone would invent Smell-O-Vision already so you could fully experience this moment. The crisp cool smell of fall. The sound of windchimes in the air. The porch lovingly decorated with trail runners and boots hung up for their retirement. On the clothesline, a bakers dozens worth of well loved socks. The other night, this spot was home to 17 people. A combination of SOBO CDT hikers and our film crew. Some friends and some strangers. We ran into some incredible trail angels, TwoBadDogs. They treated us all to pie and filled up the house with groceries. We made a huge feast that filled all of our bellies and by the end of the night, strangers became friends. We laughed, sang and danced to the Hokey Pokey. If you haven't seen a bunch of adults do the Hokey Pokey, I recommend you do. I guarantee it will lift your spirits. The Toaster House has been one of my favorite parts about this journey and reminds me how much this bizarre and wonderful community brings people together. Thanks Nita and Pie Town for all of the hospitality, love and magic.
I can't wait to come back. 💕🍞🌀✨
Said good night to the sun and good morning to the moon in the middle of nowhere last night.🌙
Woke up around 2am to a bunch of coyotes yappin' up a storm in our camp. Fortunately, Sully was busy sawing wood.🐶💤 When I eventually fell back to sleep, I dreamt about my horse.💙
This morning as I was leaving Walmart after doing my morning routine of bathing myself in the bathroom sink, a couple asked me in a few words if I was homeless and needed a ride. I'm not sure where they got this idea from. Maybe because we've been car camping in the parking lot for 4 days now. My clothes 7 or 8 days old and my hair bringing a whole new meaning to "top knot". While sleeping in the car last night, I was too afraid to get out of it to use the bathroom so I found an old Taco Bell cup that served as my toilet. An all new low.
Social media has a pretty sneaky way of using smoke and mirrors. Life out here has been freaking hard. I've realized how much I miss my parents. My friends. My horses. My apartment. Daily access to a toilet and shower. I'm lucky if I see a shower once a week out here. The 3 lipstick tubes that are waiting for me on my dresser back in Georgia. I never thought I'd miss these "things". Mostly inanimate objects that typically I would take for granted at home and now I'd give a kidney for. I'm trying to enjoy this chapter even though I found out a mouse has been living in my car and I smell like urine. .
The past week I've been feeling low, incredibly homesick and I smell like a corpse. On my second trip to WallyWorld this morning I had a reminder. I ran into two familiar and smiling faces. Hikers! It's the weirdest phenomenon out here. You could be in the middle of ass end of nowhere and run into someone you recognize. I may have spent a total of 30 minutes with them both in different towns along the trail but out here, the community binds you. It doesn't matter if you've known someone for 10 minutes or 10 years. You're instantly intertwined as a home away from home. A family. So today is a new day and I'm telling myself to enjoy it. To enjoy the freedom of life on the road even if I could break my socks in half and braid my leg hair. Be present in your current chapter as you don't know what the next page will bring. *Drops the mic.*
This week our crew had the opportunity to sit down and interview Hob (a triple crowner) & Chickadee (one of the first 10 females to thru-hike the long trail). We heard stories of what it was like to hike the AT in 1974 and how much the backpacking industry has changed over the years. This journey has allowed us to meet so many incredible people I can't wait to see who we'll meet next. If you want to be apart of the film or have a good hiking story send us a message! #3mphfilm
Nights in New Mexico have been cold but beautiful. This is really the first time I’ve spent a good amount of time in a desert environment. I was wary at first but the more time I spend out here the more I like it.