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Hike for Homeless Awareness

18 April 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

We have been spending more and more time looking at being more active this coming year, than over the last two years combined, and to do that we of course have decided to do a few items on our Bucket Lists as you may well know, for those of you who already follow this blog. So, without further ado let’s take a look at why we want to backpack the Michigan Shore to Shore Trail.

Sweets’ Reasons:

  1. See a different part of the state of Michigan that I have not been to before.

  2. To take pictures of whatever catches my eye.

  3. It’s another adventure with Elroy.

  4. To see the sunrise and the sunset over Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

  5. I want to see more of Michigan whether it is by foot or by trike.

Elroy’s Reasons:

  1. Doctors said I will have to slow down do to Epilepsy, and other doctors said I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 50.

  2. To see places in person I have only seen in pictures or on YouTube.

  3. To show Sweets that there is so much more out there to explore.

  4. I miss living outdoors and I want to develop into a better blogger and adventurer.

  5. I want to hike for Homeless Awareness.

Our lists are very simple. They give us insights into the reasons that will keep us on the trail when we are having a rough day and just want to quit. The numbers on people backpacking the National Scenic Trails; is about 90% of the people that start each trail quit before they reach the half way point due to lack of motivation, health, or finances and an additional 5% quit between the half way mark and the last tenth of the trail.

Some trails are short like the Michigan Shore to Shore Trail and is a state trail unlike the Appalachian Trail which is a multi-state trail. One is a bit over 200 miles where the other one is over 2000. So to have a list to motivate us to backpack even a shorter trail like the MI-S2ST is important in that we will develop deeper feelings and reasons for wanting to backpack the larger trails.

What are some reasons that you take for your adventures? Make sure to leave a comment below about the last great adventure you took and what reasons you gave yourself to ‘Never Give Up, Never Surrender’ (Galaxy Quest another great movie).

We had plans of beginning our first hike this year and yet again life is going to be getting in the way. When we first got our apartment we were told that we needed to get our mindset changed from living on the streets to living indoors. Well, every three to four months, instead of once a year the housing organization is doing surprise inspections, and the very first inspection we nearly lost our apartment because the tension bar and the storm door was to loose. Yeah, you read that right, the tension bar was to loose and needed to be adjusted. Then the next reason to fail us was his paperwork had our grandchildren living with us (we don’t have grandchildren) and there was not enough bedrooms. The following time we nearly failed because the inspector had trouble getting the sliding patio door to lock properly, we don’t have a problem locking it, but he did.

So if we are to get the thoughts of not living out on the trail out of our heads then why make failing a housing inspection so difficult. Let me tell you it is easier to be homeless than to follow the stupid rules. The good rules are easy to follow but to be a disable vet living on assistance that is difficult. I was informed by my doctors (to be approved by all of them) to return to work: I have to be one year seizure free; yet I can not make one month do to the stress that triggers them, because of stupid rules.

I look forward to the day that we can be the captains of our destiny, not some bureaucrat deciding which rules to enforce and which ones to ignore.

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Give of Yourself

11 April 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Today I would like to talk to you about not giving money, or store bought supplies. Today I was thinking it might be interesting to discuss services that you could render. I have quite a few different friends, acquaintances, comrades, associates, and family members with quite a wide variety of different skills. Amongst them are lay people, pastors, construction workers, office personnel, restaurateurs, clothiers, furniture makers, police officers, pharmacists, teachers, farmers, caregivers, secretaries, custodians, maintenance personnel, politicians, insurance adjusters, grocers, and the list go on and on.

The reason for this list is to think about what kind of service you could share with someone. If you like doing research as I do, you could assist people with figuring out where to go to get paperwork filled out whether it is for disability or a lost license. If you like to cook or serve you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter, or you could go to a nearby trail and offer the same service for what is called trail magic.

As you know trail magic is unexpected acts of kindness. If you like building with your hands or working with wood you could volunteer at the local park service for fixing up a park pavilion, build a lean-to for the person in the woods, or even make cooking utensils. I have made some very sturdy spatulas, spoons, and forks for cooking over a fire with old solid barn wood.

If you like working with needle and thread there are many that go to day rooms and trail towns that could use some assistance with repairing clothing, tents (zippers die quickly, as do tent screens), windbreakers snag easy on brambles, close to expired food can be donated to shelters or taken to encampments right from grocery store shelves with permission from management. The list as you can see goes on and on. If you are a religious person and you want to share your beliefs you can go to shelters and hold studies based on those beliefs.

(Yes, I could be advocating for Christianity here, the problem is that even though Christianity is still strong in this country, when I was out on the trail or in an encampment, I saw young Muslim men and women talking with people, offering assistance, praying with people. I saw young wiccans come forward willing to tidy up a camp site and even offer to help carry gear and supplies for people so that the one receiving assistance was less burdened. Regardless, of how I feel about Christianity over other religions, (oh no, I called Christianity a religion), I saw quite a lot more people that were not Christian stepping up and asking for nothing in return and expecting nothing in return than I did actual Christians.)

If you like to knit or crotchet you could even think about going to shelters or day rooms and starting a knitting club there. If you have a few spare needles, all the better. I will tell you this, this time of year even though the homeless receive things for free, they truly love, mostly, giving handmade gifts to friends and family. Just like anyone else people love to learn new skills, if you have a teachable skill consider teaching it to someone else.

Unlike the popular belief that there are tons of people on welfare and they are always trying to mooch off the system, not all of them are like that, some do, I can not deny it, most if they thought they had something to contribute or had a way to make money they would become productive members of society. One gentleman I met lost his wife in divorce, the judge awarded her the house and the car, and he was left with the debt and very little money, right up to the end he was trying to save his marriage. He had worked at a restaurant with her when they met. He ended up at the same shelter I first went to.

After the divorce was final, he opened a new bank account, and everyday went out can-dogging, doing odd jobs, scrapping, and he put everything into the account, he went to the day rooms and the shelters for meals and clothing and supplies. Within six months he had saved enough money to open his own restaurant, his ex-wife and her boyfriend showed up wanting work.

He turned them down and he ended up in front of the same judge from his divorce hearing. His ex-wife tried to convince the judge that he had somehow cheated the courts out of knowing he had so much extra money when they were married. She wanted her share of the new restaurant. The judge ended up giving the ex-wife community service and ended up becoming a patron at the restaurant.

The judge stepped up and saw that she could offer unique assistance to someone in need. She brought friends with her and the restaurant was succeeding not just surviving within one year. What the ex-wife did not know was at one time the judge had been homeless and living on the very streets she swore an oath to protect. There are always ways that you can be proactive in life.

I met one couple, I believe at that time they were in the mid sixties; they would go down to one of the hardest places in Lansing to live outdoors, it was a city park where alcoholics, addicts, and prostitutes would go to come down off their latest high, this old couple made it their personal mission to visit there three times a week. They would take hats, scarves, and mittens that she crocheted, they would take soup in Styrofoam bowls that he had made and that is how they served. When they were done handing out what they had with them that day, they would go to their favorite bench and chat with the people that hung out there.

When the husband passed away, the funeral home was full to capacity by mostly people from that park. The day room was busy for three days as the people from that park went there to get cleaned up to attend the funeral. The day room ran out of soap, shaving razors, all the general supplies needed for people to get cleaned up.

Not everyone went to the funeral clean and sober, most of them did try though. After the funeral there was an anonymous donation of supplies to the day room of double what was used. So say it was the widow lady, though since I helped carry it into the building, I know it was a donation by people that when they were truly in need the day room stepped up. The widow lady started coming to the day room once a week and meeting with people there instead of at the park.

She said it was not because she was now alone, she had more friends than anyone I had ever met because of how generous her and her husband had been. She started coming to the day room because she saw the change it had made in the lives of her friends from the park and she liked the coffee better there than from the gas station that her husband had always stopped at.

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Our Bucket List, Our Gear List, & Many Definitions

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to TrailMagick89,

We thought it would be a great idea to put together a list of our current gear that we travel with and have on hand at a moments notice along with a list of definitions of words that we regularly use. Both lists will continue to grow and expand.

Gear on Hand:

  1. Everest Sling Bag
  2. Galaxy J3 Luna Cell Phone
  3. HP Detachable x2 Tablet
  4. Sawyer Mini Water Filter
  5. Terratrike Rover Tandem
  6. TrailBuddy Purple Plum Trekking Poles

Definitions:

  1. Backpacker: a person who travels or hikes carrying their belongings in a backpack.
  2. Blog: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.
  3. Blogger: a person who regularly writes material for a blog.
  4. Derealization-Depersonalization Disorder: involves a persistent or recurring feeling of being detached from one’s body or mental processes, like an outside observer of their life (depersonalization), and/or a feeling of being detached from one’s surroundings (derealization).
  5. Digital Nomad: are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job.
  6. Epilepsy: a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
  7. Gypsy: a member of a traveling people traditionally living by itinerant trade and fortune telling. Gypsies speak a language (Romany) that is related to Hindi and are believed to have originated in South Asia. A nomadic or free-spirited person.
  8. Homeless: an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family), including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.” A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation. And, An individual may be considered to be homeless if that person is “doubled up,” a term that refers to a situation where individuals are unable to maintain their housing situation and are forced to stay with a series of friends and/or extended family members. In addition, previously homeless individuals who are to be released from a prison or a hospital may be considered homeless if they do not have a stable housing situation to which they can return. A recognition of the instability of an individual’s living arrangements is critical to the definition of homelessness.
  9. Homeless Encampment: a transient or interim gathering or community residing out of doors on a site with services provided and supervised by a sponsor or managing agency comprised of temporary enclosures (tents and other forms of portable shelter that are not permanently attached to the ground), which may include common areas designed to provide food, living and sanitary services to occupants of the encampment.
  10. Nomad: a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
  11. Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizure: Although psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are events that appear to be similar to seizures, they are not caused by abnormal electrical brain activity. Instead, they are thought to have an underlying psychological cause.
  12. Psychotic Break (from reality): means losing contact with reality, such as hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something that has no external correlate (i.e., hallucinations) or believing something to be true that is false, fixed, and fantastic (i.e., a delusion) or being unable to sequence one’s thoughts or control a flight of ideas that becomes increasingly tangential (i.e., thought disordered), or emotions wildly inconsistent with external reality (such as catatonia, the wild flights of someone in a manic episode, or a complete absence of affect).
  13. Sanctuary: a place of refuge or safety. a nature reserve.
  14. Seizure: a sudden attack of illness, especially a stroke or an epileptic fit.
  15. Survival: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.
  16. Survivalist: a person who practices outdoor survival skills as a sport or hobby. a person who tries to ensure their own survival or that of their social or national group.
  17. Vagabond: a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job; having no settled home.
  18. Vlog: a personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos.
  19. Vlogger: a person who regularly posts short videos to a vlog.
  20. Wanderer: a person who travels aimlessly; a traveler.
  21. Wigwam: a dome-shaped hut or tent made by fastening mats, skins, or bark over a framework of poles (as used formerly by some North American Indian peoples).

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Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Purple Day 2019

26 March 2019, Tuesday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Today is International Epilepsy Day also known as Purple Day. The actual color of Epilepsy is Lavender but Purple is so much easier to remember. The color lavender and the Lavender plant are known for calming the brain and the access static that goes on in the brain.

I could say “Happy Purple Day”, however; it would be better to say “Happy Former Purple Day”. Epilepsy is a vicious disease that the awareness for it is mostly silent. I recently read an article that stated for every one hundred friends a person has on social media one person has Epilepsy.

We live in a town of twenty-five hundred so that means based on the above statistics that there are twenty-four other people in this town that have my disease. Yes, I own the disease it does not own me. Please make sure to educate yourself and your friends and family about this disease that kills more people than breast cancer.

There is also “Six Degrees of Separation” that states that anyone on planet earth is separated from anyone else on the planet at a maximum of five other people. Which means that for everyone that reads this post you are connected to Elton John, Lil Wayne, Danny Glover, Jason Snelling, Neil Young, and Susan Boyle by Six Degrees of Separation just to name a few people.

SUDEP – Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy is very dangerous; which is known for killing Prince and Theodore Roosevelt from complications related to Epilepsy. Each day eighty-seven people are diagnosed with Epilepsy. Eighty percent of people diagnosed with my disease go under-treated or untreated due to the country they live in or their financial situation; meaning of those eighty-seven people sixty-nine of them go without sufficient help to deal with Epilepsy.

Grand-mal seizures are what most people associate with Epilepsy, however; there are forty forms of Epilepsy with six hundred different types of seizures. So knowing that someone standing right next to you at the bus stop, or behind you at check-out at your local grocery store, or in the seat next to you at the movie theatre could be seizing and you would not know it. On top of that it could be their last seizure due to SUDEP.

Remember earlier I mentioned that sixty-nine people go without proper care for Epilepsy; ten percent of each village, town, township, and city across America is part of the homeless population. In my twenties and thirties I was friends with two men that had Epilepsy; the first, Alan, had seizures triggers by repetitive sounds or lights, and the second, Lee, his seizures were triggered by stress which most of the time was sirens in the distance, honking horns, city noise. These two men had it rough and for most of their seizures, they did not experience Grand-mals.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Basic Communications

21 February 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

As we have traveled around we have learned a few things as we have each been injured on the trails and we have assisted with others that have been injured and earlier today I was looking at the NATO Phonetic Alphabet after Sweets made a phone call and had to use “Victor” for the V in our last name. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred the V gets mixed up with a B as well as other letters getting mixed up. So today let’s talk about making sure that when you are putting together your first-aid kit whether you are using a full kit with a hard plastic case (which, in the back country is not necessary for me, but we each have our quirks and the luxury items we like to have along) or a few bandages in a plastic bag.

My suggestion is to have an index card with the NATO Phonetic Alphabet on it as it is a good safety item to have in case of an emergency whether you are making a phone call, using a radio or an in-reach device, or you are using a reflective surface. Along with having a basic understanding of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet a basic understanding of CPR and First-Aid are great things to know on the trail. Twisted ankles, cuts, abrasions, broken bones, seizures, concussions, tick bites, blisters, hyperthermia, and hypothermia are all common issues while on the trail and being prepared for them is a wise course of action.

It’s great if you never encounter anything more than blisters, however, being prepared for them is much better. And a good first step is understanding the use of the phonetic alphabet. Now knowing the code for your name makes for an interesting conversation for Campfire TV and know the code for others that you encounter can increase the experience. There is the other point that you can use this code around others that know or don’t know it and that can be fun as well.

So let’s take a look at the code; by using the code below “Sweets” would use “Sierra, Whiskey, Echo, Echo, Tango, Sierra” for her trail name if she needed to communicate it to someone to let them know who she was. Each letter also has a Morse Code equivalent to it as well and Morse Code never goes out of date. Of course if it was an emergency she would be using her full birth name and that would be nineteen letters long, mine is a bit shorter, though not by much. Usually chatting is easy in today’s age with the technology we have available but there are still many instances that require something more basic.

AlfBravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot  Golf Hotel India Juliett Kilo Lima  Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey X-ray  Yankee Zulu

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3P-S

7 February 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Welcome to “A Plan of a Plan of a Plan in Stages”. I sat here today chatting with Sweets about the title of this missive and all of the posts in this series and the outline that goes with this missive is the beginning of what can only be termed as “An Encyclopedia of Elroy’s Thoughts for Following Your Own Trail”. It is a working title; however it does sum up what we are undertaking.

This is part one of a multi-stage series on Planning, Prepping, Strategizing, and Executing our plan to take on backpacking, bikepacking, and canoeing trips. This year we are planning on backpacking the Michigan Shore to Shore Trail as many of you may know, as well as moving towards a much larger goal of taking on the North Country National Scenic Trail in 2020 and 2021. Originally we were going to tackle the North Country Trail as a ‘Thru-Hike’, since looking at what we need to do we have decided to take on the NCT as a section hike to be completed in 2020 and 2021.

The way we are doing the NCT is by going to the Eastern trail head in Vermont and backpacking from there back towards Michigan. We will spend roughly three to six weeks on the trail and come back home for seven to ten days and then return to the trail to take on another section. As we do each of the sections; our goal is to complete each of the smaller trails that make up the NCT.

We will complete trails such as the Long Trail, the Finger Lakes Trails, and the Buckeye Trail, along with numerous other trails. Our intent is to complete each of the smaller trails in their entirety, thus adding each of these trails to our ever growing list of short, medium, and long distance trails. By the end of the section hike of the North Country Trail we will have knocked out another fifty or so smaller trails.

I want to make it clear: “We, Elroy & Sweets of TrailMagick89.com, are not professionals in this sort of endeavor. We are planning a few trips and we are using the internet and books, along with the personal knowledge from people whether in person or on the internet. The endeavor I spoke of earlier I was and am referring to planning section hikes, thru-hikes, and cycling trips.” That being said let us begin.

We have spent the last few weeks planning and the last few months talking about the steps for planning a thru hike and which thru hike we wanted to undertake. It turns out that making an outline of the process is the best course of action. And with each part of the outline we are going to weigh the pros and cons.

As the days and months continue the outline will continue to be edited. The steps of the plan go something as follows and will change; Step One: The General Plan (in five stages), Step Two: The Five Stages, and Step Three: The Details of the Five Stages.

  1. Backpacking
    1. Trips
    2. Day Trips/Overnight Trips
      1. Permits
        1. Pick the Start Date(s)
        2. Itinerary
      2. Route
      3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
      4. Resupply Locations
      5. Medical Facilities
      6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
      7. Church Locations
      8. Transportation to Trail Heads
        1. Trail Angels
        2. Public Transportation
          1. Bus
          2. Train
          3. Cab
        3. Uber
        4. Hitch
        5. Friend/Family
        6. Shuttle
  2. Michigan Shore to Shore Trail (MI-S2ST)
    1.  Permits
      1. Pick the Start Date(s)
      2. Itinerary
    2. Route
    3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
    4. Resupply Locations
    5. Medical Facilities
    6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
    7. Church Locations
    8. Transportation to Trail Heads
      1. Trail Angels
      2. Public Transportation
        1. Bus
        2. Train
        3. Cab
      3. Uber
      4. Hitch
      5. Friend/Family
      6. Shuttle
  3. North Country Trail (NCT)
    1. Permits
      1. Pick the Start Date(s)
      2. Itinerary
    2. Route
    3. Campsites/Hostels/Hotels
    4. Resupply Locations
    5. Medical Facilities
    6. Nearest Bank Branch/ATM
    7. Church Locations
    8. Transportation to Trail Heads
      1. Trail Angels
      2. Public Transportation
        1. Bus
        2. Train
        3. Cab
      3. Uber
      4. Hitch
      5. Friend/Family
      6. Shuttle
  4. Training
    1. Camping
      1. Hammock
      2. Tent
      3. Stealth
    2. Hiking
      1. City
      2. Paved Trail
      3. Country Road
    3. Gear
    4. Budget
    5. Seasons/Weather
  5. Bikepacking
    1. Trips
      1. Lower Peninsula Shore Line
        1. Permits
          1. Pick the Start Date(s)
          2. Itinerary
        2. Route
          1. Pros
          2. Cons
        3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
        4. Resupply Locations
        5. Nearest Bank Branch
        6. Transportation to Trail Heads
          1. Trail Angel
          2. Public Transportation
            1. Bus
            2. Train
            3. Cab
          3. Uber
          4. Hitch
          5. Friend/Family
          6. Shuttle
      2. American Discovery Trail
        1. Permits
          1. Pick the Start Date
          2. Itinerary
        2. Route
          1. Pros
          2. Cons
        3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
        4. Resupply Locations
        5. Nearest Bank Branch
        6. Transportation to Trail Heads
          1. Trail Angel
          2. Public Transportation
            1. Bus
            2. Train
            3. Cab
          3. Uber
          4. Hitch
          5. Friend/Family
          6. Shuttle
        7. Training
        8. Gear
        9. Budget
        10. Seasons/Weather
  6. Canoeing
    1. Canoe the Shiawassee River
      1. Permits
        1. Pick the Start Date
        2. Itinerary
      2. Route
        1. Pros
        2. Cons
      3. Camp Sites/Hostels/Hotels
      4. Resupply Locations
      5. Nearest Bank Branch
      6. Transportation to Head Waters
        1. Trail Angel
        2. Public Transportation
          1. Bus
          2. Train
          3. Cab
        3. Uber
        4. Hitch
        5. Friend/Family
        6. Shuttle
      7. Training
      8. Gear
      9. Budget
      10. Seasons/Weather

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Plans POSTPONED

31 January 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

To begin with I want to say thank you to all of you for following us on our journey. Today I was going to share with the plan and the outline we have been working on to schedule the trips for this year, 2019, and for the next couple of years, 2020 and 2021; a total of more than 10 thousand miles by human powered means.

So, yesterday we were at a local business and we had a terrible experience with an employee. I refuse to deal with her again. The company, the manager/owner and the other employee are great. Well her attitude created arguments and things to be thrown which for me, yesterday, triggered seizures, yes more than one. The sudden impact of metal on metal scared the crap out of me.

When there are sudden noises around me, seizures happen. For me my five senses and sleeping usual trigger a variety of seizures. So today I decided to finally bite the bullet and chat about Epilepsy and outdoor adventures for myself. In September of 2017 I was told I have Epilepsy. Something I actually knew for more than a decade; getting a doctor to confirm it was the hard part.

Sweets and I have been homeless staying in a tent, we have backpacked around lower Michigan together, we have lived in Clio Michigan for the last couple of years and all that time when I have been up to it, we have gotten out and gone for walks, backpacked, ventured out on our trike and two years ago when I was finally diagnosed I was told I had to cut back on how active I was.

The neurologist basically told us that I would have to start relying on public transportation, most likely move into Flint (where his office was located), start taking seizure medicine that helped me get as big as I currently am, and on and on the list went. With most seizure pills being outdoors during the day when the sun is out is a no-no, constantly being hungry, hallucinating, tired from the moment I woke up to when it was time for bed and then sleep for 12 hours. And on and on the side effects went.

He told me that I had Epilepsy in a very cold callous way; he wrote it on the back of a pink office note. And if I had any questions about the type of Epilepsy I have, “Just Google it, you know what your symptoms are.” And my appointment was over. I was shocked that I had finally been diagnosed, yet I was not allowed to ask him any questions.

Come last Winter I was taken off the medicine by my primary care physician until the neurologist could see me again. My PCP took me off of the medicine after I gained nearly sixty pounds in four weeks. My diet at the time consisted on fruits, vegetables, and coffee and I was gaining weight. So as soon as I was told to wean myself off of the seizure pills that actually did not stop or even lessen the number of seizures I was having I called my neurologist’s office.

I had seen him the first week of January in 2018, it was a month later when I started coming off the pills, I was supposed to go back and see the neurologist the following May, he had rescheduled nine times from May until September. I am now seeing a new neurologist. The reason I mentioned all of that is I have health issues just like everyone else; the only difference is, my doctor’s actually have my best interests in mind.

As this year is beginning you will see changes to our website, our FaceBook page, Pinterest account, the creation of a Linked In page, YouTube channel, and of course of Instagram account. We are simple when it comes to backpacking and bikepacking gear as we are interested in gear that is of great value yet is at a decent price. The reason for that is: from the 120 months I have of homeless experience; if the gear that we have can stand up to that lifestyle, then it is good gear. Thru-hiking, bikepacking, or military uses can not touch the abusiveness of being homeless. Along with the homeless lifestyle we also look at whether the gear is easy enough to use for someone with Epilepsy.

On 7 February 2019, we will be picking up with the post that I was going to post. So, until next time.

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