Happy Birthday Michigan! I couldn't have dreamed of starting my Big Adventure anywhere other than in Michigan, and I'm happy today to wish this beautiful state a happy 180th birthday! I was born in Lapeer, Michigan and ever since I can remember, Michigan is always where I have considered "home". Sure I have lived in … Continue reading Happy Birthday Michigan
As with so many others I owe a thank you to since the Big Adventure began, the latest shout out goes to the guys and girls at Ford Lincoln of Franklin in Tennessee. As many of you may have read from my last post, I thought I was well on my way to continue my … Continue reading Life of the Road
Energy level is at 150%. I am pumped. My brother and I are packed, paddleboard loaded and we are off and on the way for Florida! Nothing can be better on this Wednesday afternoon...I'm pumped to know I'm going back to the water...or so I thought! Halfway down to the Gulf, we had just passed … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
"Each of us in our own way, gotta do something to save your soul. Whatever that is." ~Yvon Chouinard Since coming off the water at the end of September, the desire to return to the wind and waves has grown ever increasingly by the day. In the end, it's simple...what's stopping me? What's stopping you? … Continue reading It’s Time!
A few weeks ago, I started a paddle down the Scioto River that I always wanted to take. Ever since my buddy Sam and I first paddled this river in Columbus after college, a piece of me has always wanted to finish this paddle the rest of the way to the Ohio River and head … Continue reading My Realization
There are days you get excited for what lies ahead on an adventure. Tuesday was one of those days for me. Waking up at about 7AM, I knew I would get my chance to lock through my 1st ever lock and dam! With my awesome new friends Bev and Whitney from the Fat Boy's floating … Continue reading My 1st Lock
About a year ago, I was driving back to Michigan, from a road trip to Maine. On my way back in Erie, PA I stopped to give a lift to an older homeless man, Curtis as he held up his Ohio sign. After offering him the ride, little did I know, that 5 hour car … Continue reading Rollin’ on a River
Dear Ohio, I am truly sorry. I misjudged you! Sincerely, Matthew For many of you that have been following along with the blog, you may have seen that before this trip, I had road tripped and have been to 46 of the lower 48 states. Once upon a time, after seeing the beauty in other … Continue reading My Apology
"What town comes next I don't know I lost track of the exit signs long ago But I finally feel free Nowhere I need to be" ~Independence Moon So often on my journey and travels I have talked about people I have met or who have inspired me. One guy that never gets quite enough … Continue reading Independence Moon
Before I get ready to move on to the next state along my adventure, it's only fitting to look back at my time in Michigan. I couldn't have started in a better state, and those of you I met there and or helped me out along my way, will never be forgotten. I launched on … Continue reading Thank you Michigan