Austin

Power Line Hill

After my last day of work, I drove out to Austin to see Amanda again. It was pretty fun, Austin is a great town. We went out to eat a couple times, going to Trudy’s and BJ’s Brewhouse. Trudy’s is a good place and I had a pretty awesome stuffed avocado. It is a fried avocado stuffed with chicken and peppers and who knows what else. BJ’s is a good place for deep dish pizza, but a little on the pricey side.

Mountain Biker

While there, we drove out to Cabela’s so I could get a few more needed things for my trip, mostly clothes and a pair of rain pants. I decided to go with a pair of Frogg Toggs after hearing good things on the Whiteblaze backpacking forums. They were only $20 which was a great surprise, I was expecting about $50-100. The rain pants are said to be waterproof and breathable, but don’t feel like it, instead they feel like some kind of odd paper. I hope they will work out, but mostly I hope that it doesn’t rain much. Rainy hiking sucks.

Dog in Creek

We also went out to the Alamo Drafthouse to get dinner and see the movie Rampart. It was different kind of bad cop movie than most, but worth watching. Pretty intense at parts.

Giant Bikes

On Sunday, we went out to Walnut Creek Park again. It’s a nice park with mountain bike trails, where dogs can be off leash the whole time. Giant Bikes had a demo day that morning, but we missed it.

Last Day

McKinney Falls Rock

Friday Feb 24 was my last day of work. I worked at Gumby’s for a little over three years as the Store Manager. I had let them know I would be leaving some time before, but I was not sure what I wanted to do yet. I had thought about getting another job, but that kinda sucks. I want to do something else for awhile.

After some thought I decided I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Instead I will try and go hike on the Appalachian Trail for awhile, something I have always wanted to do. It wasn’t easy to decide this, but making plans has gone easily. I have geared up for the most part so far, bought a plane ticket to Atlanta, and booked a room at the Hiker Hostel. I have moved most of my stuff out to my parents house, and plan to toss or give away my furniture.

Gumby’s Pizza Aggieland

It is said most people take about six months to hike the entire trail. 9 in 10 people are expected to quit or be unable to finish. Knowing this I have no illusions as to the difficulty, boredom, and other ailments along the way. I am of course open to other things that come up, maybe an epic bike tour or something. I have most of the gear for that, and bike regularly. For bike touring, the gear is mostly the same. Some bike tools and different bags are needed, but otherwise the rest is pretty similar, a tent, sleeping bag, water bottles, etc.
But hey, at least I won’t have to go to work for awhile.