TFT Progress Report #6 – Here we go into O-HI-OOOO!!! :-)

Happy Sunnyday, our most cherished TFT Community!

Are ya ready for another exciting exciting installment of truth and trekking?  …Well, we hope you enjoy this week’s video-intensive report, along with the trail updates and a special announcement about our intentions for an upcoming film project.

As always, I like to remind everyone that Logan maintains a daily trail journal on Trail Journals.com, if you’d like to see additional commentary and/or photos of the day-to-day journey:  www.trailjournals.com/TrekForTruth).  Also, all of the videos can be found on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnC8p75Hd5_t-U4Vp7rewKg

Okay then, happy campers, drop your packs, pull up a stump, and let’s get to the report for the period covering May 25-30!

When last we left off, Logan was in Bridgeport, West Virginia and had just eclipsed the 500 cumulative mile mark.  Our next objective was to make a mail-drop in Pennsboro, WVA by Wednesday, May 27 (mission accomplished, BTW), and then make Parkersburg, WVA by Friday evening, May 29th (check mark on that milestone as well).

NOTE: Due to the logistical lag time for when Logan can ship me the SIM cards to download videos, it is usually the case that I receive and post the videos a week to ten days after he records them.

That said, here is a short and scenic video of the Tygart River Valley area from May 22.  In it, Logan talks about how we might bring about positive change by striving to embody more of our higher selves- by aligning more with our divine nature:

 

Beginning of North Bend Rail Trail on May 25

Beginning of North Bend Rail Trail May 25

He sat off for Segment 1 of the Ohio American Discovery Trail this morning, Sunday May 31st, hence the ‘O-Hi-O’ reference in the subject line, having crossed into Ohio from WVA today.

A week ago today he posted a really good entry on Trail Journals (that entry found here:  http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=496501), in which he broached the topic of freedom, and made first mention of the concept for the film project.

With that, here is the video he made about said topic:

By Wednesday, May 27, Logan was at the West Union Campsite, having logged cumulative mile 567–whew!   You know what I always say: nothing like two trees and a tarp after a 20+ mile day :-)  …that was sarcasm, BTW…  But seriously, as mentioned in his journal entry, it was better than camping beneath a piece of earth moving equipment as he did the night before trekking toward Bridgeport.

West Union Campsite May 27

It was on Wednesday May 20, exactly one week prior to West Union, that Logan recorded a two-part video, “Warrior Wednesday”.  In part 1 he mentions Luba, who conceived Warrior Wednesday, along with other great folks that he met along the trail in West VA.  In Part 2, he mentions the Freedom Campfire Tour being executed by a fellow former Marine, Adam Kokesh.  (Adam’s website found here: http://thefreedomline.com/ ).  …We HIGHLY recommend the free book that Adam has published, which can be downloaded as print or audio on his website.  Here are the Warrior Wednesday videos, parts 1 & 2:

On Thursday, May 28, Logan logged a new record–an unbelievable 24.50 miles– putting him at cumulative trip mile 591.50, and 450 miles logged over the preceding 4 weeks!!!

Heel Thyself !

By he time he reached Parkersburg, WVA on Friday, May 29th, he was in dire need of a break.

He accumulated some wicked-bad blistering on his heels over the previous days of rounding out the last segment of the West VA portion of the trail- ouch! :-(

 

…So, I’m talking to Logan on the phone Friday night (night before last) when he arrived in Parkersburg.  We had secured a Hampton Inn with the original plan that he’d step into Ohio on Saturday, after one night’s stay.  I could tell by his voice that he was SPENT; that he needed a break, and especially considering the condition his heels were in, with blisters on blisters.

To know Logan is to know someone who lives with austerity and what might be perceived as a sense of guilt for indulging or taking it easy (i.e., giving himself a reasonable and much-deserved break).  I practically had to plead with him to take the extra night off to recuperate.  He finally relented and agreed, which was the smart thing to do, so to not further exacerbate the wounds.

My point of mentioning this goes to a much broader topic; one which I will only briefly touch on here.  …It has to do with the matter of being of service.  …Of making sacrifice to achieve a cause that one recognizes or deems as being far bigger than one’s own self (i.e., own self-interest).

–Wait–please don’t misinterpret my words, for I am not talking about self-sacrifice that is akin to altruistic martyrdom.  As a big fan of Ayn Rand’s philosophies, I agree with her that altruism becomes a negative trait to the extent that affects one’s own well-being.  I do not, however, fully subscribe to her view that “the ultimate moral value for each individual is his or her own well-being”.

Rather, it has become my experience that when I seek to be of service to my fellow humans, the universe inevitably provides for me all that I truly need, even during those times when it seems or feels like I have nothing left to give.  Furthermore, what has become true for me can be summed up in a quote from Jed Clampett.  I heard it in the episode named ‘The Clampett Look':  “There’s no better feeling than the joy that comes from giving”   :-)

I am mentioning all of this because yesterday was somewhat of an inflection point.  For both Logan and me.  In fact, it was a hard day and we were both a bit spent from both a physical and morale perspective.

He was lamenting to me (and I’m paraphrasing here) “is all of this TFT effort worth it; can we really make a difference, or are we just pissing in ocean with hopes of raising the barometric pressure?'”

In turn, I was telling him about my visit on Friday night with our dear teachers, Carmen and Tom, as I too had reached a point of saturation (spiritual exhaustion) and sought their always-miraculous and healing counsel.  Additionally, I attended the funeral of my Godfather, John Benton yesterday morning…

John was an Army green beret in Vietnam; a decorated veteran who devoted the latter portion of his life in service to those less fortunate in our Louisville community.  During the funeral mass, the whole eulogy for John was about ‘service’, and how much he was known for serving and assisting others in need.  The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the burial–when they played taps and folded the flag to present to John’s wife, Patricia.

As I explained to Logan, I get very emotional whenever I hear taps…it causes me to have memories that lead to feelings of being betrayed.

This feeling (anger) of betrayal stems from the deep frustration I harbor, that so many men and women have given their lives in the service of our nation, but alas they did so in vain.  I comprehend that their intentions were good and they fully believed that in taking the oath to serve (and potentially die) for our country they were doing the right and best thing.

HOWEVER, I also know that war is a racket– perhaps the ultimate scam.  It is a scam devised by the globalist cabal and it is a complete aberration of true human spirit.  It is not our human nature to kill, maim and mutilate each other.   It is, however, the nature and tactic of the dark abomination to foment wars and divisiveness in all its forms.

It takes very little research to figure out how and WHO profits from war…to ascertain how insultingly perverse are the ‘history’ books with which we are programmed in our school systems.  –Oh- it’s a friggin ‘system’ for sure.   …How many of you actually still believe that ‘the war to end all wars’ (WWI) was sparked by the assassination of archduke Ferdinand?

In any case:  The TRUTH is coming out more and more EVERY SINGLE DAY, and we can be a catalyst for ushering in this new epoch of enlightenment, whereupon we find redemption and peace in the true and loving nature of our human species.

And that’s where Logan and I concluded our conversation.  We concluded by re-committing to double down on the TFT and ‘Turn that frown upside down!” :-)    Being true makes us happy, and happy will shall forever be in our sovereignty!

Uncle Nick and me

Uncle Nick and me

As always, we like to end these updates on a positive note, so I leave you with three photos.

 

The first is my Uncle Nick and me.  He too is a veteran, and someone who I love and admire.  I had the chance to see him at John’s funeral.  My aunts always exclaim “you look like your daddy and have the mannerisms of ‘Buddy'” (‘Buddy’ is Uncle Nick’s nickname).

 

 

 

Sunbathing

Cuz and Mr. Butters takin’ a break

 

The next photo is back at HQ, where we evidently run a union shop that mandates breaks for sunbathing.  This is Mr. Butters and Cuz sprawled on my office floor yesterday afternoon.

 

 

 

Departing Parkersburg May 31

 

The last photo is taken this morning as Logan departed Parkersburg and the great folks at the Hampton Inn, before walking across the bridge into Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

Until next week, dear TFT Community, may the light of truth shine brightly on our paths toward peace!

–Our peace be with you! :-)

 

 

 

TFT Progress Report — Week #5 …another record week on the seek!

Hello again, ye TFT seekers of truth, justice and the happy human way!

Welcome to TFT Progress Report #5, for the period covering May 18-24.  It has been another record-setting week, in that Logan has accomplished the 500 cumulative mile mark as of Saturday, 5-24-15.   WAY TO TREK, LOGAN!!!   He also logged 23 miles on Thursday, 5-21-15, an all-time daily record thus far.  Not bad, considering that for six hours and 18 miles it was in a driving rainstorm.

Having departed Davis, WV (Canaan valley) a week ago, he’s passing through Clarksburg, WV later today (Monday, 5-25-15).  Whereas most of America is on Memorial Day Holiday today, Logan presses onward, soon to complete Segment 3 of the WV ADT.

Pennsboro, WV PO – new socks and hammock hardware awaits!

The next immediate objective is to reach Pennsboro, WV post office by Wednesday, May 27.

There awaits a drop box with a re-supply of Whoopie Slings for the hammock and other trekking necessities, including socks to replace the last pair he has worn through.

BTW- a quick shout out to Shane at Butt In A Sling; he helped expedite the shipment of Whoopie slings, toggles and carabineers so that we could make the mail drop in time for this Wednesday.  Here’s Shane’s website:  http://www.buttinasling.com/

From there, Logan will be “just” a couple days away from completing segment 4 of the WV ADT, landing him in Parkersburg, WV Friday evening, 5-29-15.

Then, on Saturday, 5-30-15, he will  cross the bridge out of West Virginia to begin ADT Segment 1 in Ohio.  So, to provide some perspective on where he has been, where he is now, and where he is next headed, here is a map to help illustrate (*note: this is not the ADT trail specifically, but close to it):

Perspective map as of 5-25-15 – click on map for clearer view

I’m not sure how he does it, but somehow between trekking all day almost everyday, he also produces written updates on the Trail Journals site (found here: www.trailjournals.com/TrekForTruth).    This is a GREAT website for those who’d like to see more photos and read more detail of the day-to-day journey.

I received the SIM card from Logan in the mail a couple days ago, on which was recorded a two-part video about some of the interesting experiences and folks he encountered during segments 1 & 2 of the West Virginia trail.    Following are two short videos; Trail Angels WV Parts 1 & 2:

BTW/Reminder:  All of the TFT Video updates are found on the TFT YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnC8p75Hd5_t-U4Vp7rewKg

Speaking again of the Trail Journal entries, I was particularly touched by an entry he posted on May 16, after hitting a snag near Red Creek, which we mentioned in the last TFT progress report.  That was when he expected to secure water at gas station in a really rural area (Streby), only to find upon arrival that the station had been closed for two years.

Thereupon, he encountered a kindly young man and spontaneous Trail Angel by the name of Matthew.

Trail Angel Matthew

Trail Angel Matthew

Again, I, for one, am humbled to the point of tears to learn of such compassionate people as Matthew and his mother.  They live in a trailer with no electricity, subsiding by the grace of God, yet would give the shirt off of their back to a passing stranger in need (in this case, Logan).

Here is the link directly to Logan’s journal entry for that day: http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=495378

…I was literally brought to tears upon reading this.  Partly because of the gratitude I felt for yet another example of the greatness of the human spirit (thank you, Dear Matthew)…

…BUT ALSO TEARS OF ANGER AND UTTER FRUSTRATION FOR THE THIEVING, TRAITOROUS, NON-HUMAN DARK FORCES THAT CONTINUE TO SUBJUGATE, SUBVERT, MAKE PERVERTED AND DISTORTED ALL THAT IS GOOD ABOUT HUMANITY, AS WELL AS THE LIVE-GIVING EARTH UPON WHICH WE LIVE.

I speak of the VERY SAME new world order (NWO) globalist— traitors of our Constitution–those scoundrel lapdogs of the United Nations (UN), Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and ALL of the derivative organizations thereof.

…I speak of any and all supporters of Agenda 21, including the so-called ‘elected’ representatives of our Congress, such as Mitch McConnell- TRAITOR of our Constitution EXTRAORDINAIRE– and proponent of The Patriot Act (…oh, Mitch, I feel a quiet pity for your soul when the people finally find out who you REALLY work for and what you have done to deny and abscond with their most basic freedoms for which so many have given their lives to defend…)

…I speak of, and with vehement dissent against, ALL THOSE who serve The Crown Corporations–which is synonymous with those whom oppose life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in all of its forms…

…I point you back to the great video that Logan made about the Federal Reserve Act- link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu6rivkVn8Y

Yes, folks, for those who have read Logan’s Trail Journal entry about Matthew, it is a sad commentary on the state of our union when a boy in West Virginia likes apples but cannot eat them because HE HAS NO TEETH.  …A boy who lives with his mom in a decrepit trailer WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.

Ironically:  “West Virginia is the nation’s largest coal producer east of the Mississippi River and the second-largest overall, leading the nation in coal production from underground mines; it accounts for more than 10 percent of coal production in the United States, delivering coal to more than 25 states on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The state is the second largest net exporter of electricity in the country.”        SOURCE:  http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/media/state-regs/pdf/West%20Virginia.pdf

Okay- end of the Drewber rant.  I will now get off of my TFT soapbox and close this week’s report with one last thing to ponder…

…On this day of memorial, May 25, 2015, I beg of thee, please:  no longer thank me for my service, for your words of thanksgiving are hollow and mean nothing to me.

Rather, if you REALLY want to thank me (or anyone else) for my/our service as veterans of these States United, then TAKE ACTION to become INFORMED; take ACTION to inquire of our ‘elected’ representatives about the reasons for continued wars and crimes against humanity– for which our military industrial complex is infinitely complicit at the behest of the Crown Corporation (the aforementioned non-human, non-and-ANTI-AMERICAN scum) who perpetuate division, confusion and conflict to serve ONLY their sick, twisted means of depopulating YOU!

If YOU REALLY want to help– then seek to discover the TRUTH.

I apologize, dearest TFT Community,  if it seems I am ending this week’s report on a contentious note, for I/we seek to be a conduit for healing and assimilation.  It is not our goal/intent to be inflammatory nor divisive.

That said, it IS our stated goal to bring light to the truth of the perplex (and sometimes overwhelming) constructs that have been designed to divide humanity; to deceive and deter humanity from re-alzing our divinity… our inherent divinity and natural tendency toward peace…toward the final dissolution of all wars.

May love and light be with you… until next week, may we all trek in peace! :)

TFT Progress Report — Week #3 & 4 (combined report- mega update !)

Happy SUNday, dear TFT Community! :-)

What a week (or two) it has been, both on the trail and back at HQ.  Yep.  It’s been two weeks since the last progress update was posted, and we’ve covered a LOT of ground (literally and figuratively speaking) since then.     …So, happy campers, drop your packs, pull up a seat, and let’s delve right in to the TFT progress report for weeks # 3 & 4.

First and foremost, today is noteworthy in that Logan, Kathryn, Oliver and I departed for Delaware on April 17.  Thus, the TFT celebrates its first full month of the trek TODAY  –woo-hoo!!!!!! :-)

Additionally, Logan has logged 397 miles since the onset, averaging about 14 miles per day so far.  If we don’t count the ‘zero’ days of non-hiking, then his actual daily average mileage hiked is 17.5, which equates to an average speed of 3 mph.  WHEW!– now that’s some ‘humpin’!!!

He currently sits at cumulative mile marker 19.83 on segment 2 of the West Virginia ADT trail.

Here’s a photo of a map to help illustrate the significant portion he’s covered over the past two weeks; from Washington, D.C. through Maryland and into West Virginia.   Aside it is the actual ADT turn-by-turn directions (click on photo to enlarge):

ADT Maryland Segment 4 – C&O Canal Path

The past couple of weeks have been a learning experience for us both.  I have had to re-hone my logistical support operations skills.  Likewise, Logan has had to adapt and overcome some unforeseen circumstances as we mutually assimilate methodologies/rhythm  for communication, re-supply and forward logistics planning that neither of us have encountered since our days in the military some three decades ago.

…On that note, it dawned on me that we both find ourselves relying upon our respective primary military occupational specialty (MOS), and would never have imagined in 1984 that either of us would be applying those skills in this fashion so many years later.  For, you see, my primary MOS in The Corps was 0431 (Embarkation and Logistics Specialist), whereas Logan was a Forward Observer (FO) in the Army.

…Here we are in present day, on the TFT mission, fulfilling respective roles that are perfectly suited to the training and experiential knowledge we gained during military service.   And, quite candidly, while it is somewhat challenging to balance the demands of daily work with TFT pursuits, the TFT endeavor is reminiscent of the adventuresome ‘fun’ we had in younger days during our military enlistment  (albeit, with more physical pain and more heart palpitations presently than in days past… :-) )

Indeed, it takes serious coordination and planning just to ensure that Logan makes certain milestones in order to secure water, food, a place to bivouac, assuming he’s within cell range for us to even be able to communicate.  The following photo provides a sense of the detail that goes in to executing this mission; this is a closer-up of the ADT guide and my marginal annotations during the brief calls/texts we have when he is within cell range (provided he still has battery power at any given time):

ADT WV Segment 1 – MD line to Streby, WV

This particular stretch (i.e., segment 2 of the WV trail) was particularly challenging because he had only a couple of places he could stop to take a break (the roads in rural WV are curvy, hilly and not conducive to hiking along with oncoming traffic).

Concurrently, I was trying to utilize google maps to locate anyplace that might have a gas station/store along the trail route where he could get water/chow between stop-overs for the night.

…I thought surely we were ‘golden’ for a re-supply near Streby, WV when I found a gas station near a place called ‘Brick Church’, which was THE LAST place before his camp-out in Red Creek preserve (a.k.a.- ‘no-wheres-ville’).

Turns out, this place has been closed for two years, which we didn’t know until  Logan arrived there.  By the grace of God, a local resident stopped to help Logan get water before he secured camp at Red Creek campsite, which is an abandoned WWII ordnance depot up in the boondocks.

Store at mile 58.84

WV Boondocks – Red Creek Campsite

 

 

 

 

 

As of this afternoon (Saturday, May 17, 2015 @ 1330 hours), Logan is holed-up in Canaan Valley (Davis, WV), before setting off tomorrow morning for the next leg and week #5 of the TFT.

Yesterday I received the SIM card in the mail from Logan’s last two weeks traversing the C&O canal stretch of the journey.  –And WOW!– what awesome video and commentary was enclosed!!!

Following are some highlights of the videos he produced over the past couple of weeks, all of which can also be found on the Trek For Truth YouTube channel – link here:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnC8p75Hd5_t-U4Vp7rewKg

I especially encourage you to view the trail video updates # 6, #7, as well as the interview with Vinny Frazzitta.

Here are videos # 6 & 7 for your convenience:

 

It is very motivating and inspiring to hear Logan’s commentary in #6 &7.  It’s also awesome to hear Vinny talk about his own mission to raise awareness for veterans who are committing suicide and/or dying at alarming rates due to lack of effective assistance from the very ‘government’ who assigned them to the atrocities of war.

Here is the interview with ‘Vinny':

BTW- here is the link to Chefs Fore Vets, and we encourage you check out the incredible work that Vinny is coordinating and promoting while he bikes across the USA for veterans in need of our support: http://chefsforevets.org/

Other videos are very interesting because they provide historical and geographical perspective for this particular leg of the trail.  The following vids show the slackwater area near the C&O dam, then the paw paw tunnel construct:

 

As we close out this progress report, I’d like to provide a reminder.  If you’d like to follow Logan’s daily trail journal, then bookmark Unitic’s 2015 American Discovery Trail Journal by clicking here:  www.trailjournals.com/TrekForTruth

Thanks again, TFT Community, for your ongoing support and encouragement.  It is with much love and gratitude to ALL of the helpers and donors that we post this update to benchmark month #1.

…There are so many incredible people who fulfill so many roles of support; we simply could not manage this without their help.  …Folks like Jim Patterson who has invested COUNTLESS hours building the website, Bob & Patty who help care for Cuz along with Kathryn, plus all of the very generous folk who have donated operating funds to our Paypal account, as well as trail angels and those in our ‘Soul Group’ who provide prayers and counsel along the way.

…Truly- this is and will continue to be a collective effort- for which Logan and I are humbled with appreciation for the generosity and love we receive along the trail.

I leave you with this closing 20 second video from my backyard, and a message for us all to consider: If dogs and cats such as Cuz and Mr. Butters can cohabit in peace –then so can we as a global family, as the naturally loving and compassionate human species that WE ARE.

Until next time, our peace be with you,

-Drew

 

The Innate Potato… seriously?

Oh me, oh my, Folks!  — Where to begin with this post?   This article is about the degradation of our food supply by the factory-farming ’empires’ (their self-descriptive word, not mine), and I’ll refer to the topic as ‘Trans-potatoism” (ha ha ha).

Actually, it’d be funny if it weren’t true, but it is:  The company, Simplot, (http://www.simplot.com/plant_sciences), was brought to my attention several months back, when I read an article by Tom Philpott (link here:  http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/11/simplot-innate-new-gmo-potato-mcdonalds)

I went to Simplot’s website and was amused (not really) to read the language they use in their mission statement: “Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life”

News flash– Earth’s resources are already alive and tend to do quite well on their own, NATURALLY…just sayin’.

…And so I read on; here’s the opening sentence on their ‘about’ page (emphasis in bold/italics added by me):  The J.R. Simplot Company was started by an energetic entrepreneur in 1929, and grew from a one-man farming operation into a food and agribusiness empire.

Great.  That is from where I want to procure my potatoes- an agri-empire! (not)

As it pertains to the subject matter of this post, I read more about their trademarked and patented potato:

Combining our extensive experience in agriculture with the latest in biotechnology, the Simplot Plant Sciences team developed Innate™ Technology, an innovative biotechnology platform for improving crops. This new biotechnology process results in tangible improvements in crops that lead to better foods and ultimately, sustainable benefits for the land.

Sounds harmless enough, eh?  They must be doing the best thing by all of us, because it says so, right there on their website (please pardon my jaded sarcasm).

Let’s pause and consult the dictionary for the definition of the word ‘Innate’ (adj):  belonging to the essential nature of something; inborn (…and last but not least): NATURAL

Here is the concern, for which I propose a solution in my closing comments:

1)  The ‘innate potato’ is the antithesis of natural.

2) It involves RNA interference, whereas the genetic engineering aspect is spun by labeling it ‘innate’

3) In its application to the USDA (found here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/14_09301p.pdf ), Simplot sites the OECD (‘ahem’- major alarm bells) and the “harmonization of regulatory oversight in biotechnology”–which concludes by stating that they intend to create a potato monopoly via the ‘mitigating of concerns…such as seed dispersal..’

…Look, good people, I am no Ph.D,, but I am relatively cognizant; enough so that I will defer to this guy, Doug, who is a Ph.D from The Center for Food Safety:

We simply don’t know enough about RNA interference technology to determine whether GE crops developed with it are safe for people and the environment.  If this is an attempt to give crop biotechnology a more benign face, all it has really done is expose the inadequacies of the U.S. regulation of GE crops.  These approvals are riddled with holes and are extremely worrisome,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D., CFS director of sustainable agriculture and senior scientist.

Here is link to that page:  http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3594/poorly-tested-gene-silencing-technology-to-enter-food-supply-with-simplot-potato

Okay, then… I’m beating a dead spud by droning on about the background on this topic- let’s talk about solutions and ideas for making the situation better.  Here are my initial thoughts:

1) Label it.  Make it MANDATORY for the food service industry (be it McD’s or the local grocery store) to clearly and plainly denote that the potatoes they sell (be they in french fry form or the spud itself) are geo-engineered (i.e., that what we are consuming is NOT ‘au natural’) .  That way, we can be informed consumers who can make informed choices about the food we are putting into our bodies, as well as whether we wish to sustain the ’empire’, such as Simplot.

2) Become informed about factory farming (i.e., the aforementioned agri-empire), and choose NOT to participate…you do NOT have to consent to this ridiculous ludicrous.  You DO have a choice and WE CAN make a difference by re-directing our purchasing habits.

3) More to point #2 above- Buy LOCALLY and  thereby support the concept of de-centralizing the Agri-biz.  This will result in YOU having natural potatoes, as well as engendering support for, and sustainability of, actual farmers in our local communities –those whom seek to make an honest living by producing NATURAL, healthy foods that are better for both the environment and our species.

What ideas/input do you have for solutions?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, because, after all, TFT is about solutions for making life better, happier and healthier for us all.

Who’s with me now?  All together on ‘3’:  …1, 2, 3  — STOP TRANS-POTATOISM!!!  :-)   Set my potatoes free!

A natural potato is a happy potato

 

-Drew

TFT Progress Report — Week #2 …ending May 2 under sky of blue!

Howdy once again, TFT Community!  :-)

As we update you on progress for the week ending May 2nd, I am excited to report that Logan will broach the 200 mile mark this coming week–and what a week it has been!    Let’s dive right into it…

The ADT path conditions were MUCH better this week because Logan was on the C&O canal tow path, versus the heavily congested, more dangerous highways of last week’s leg.  That said, Logan began the week with a deficit; a wicked raw foot from the first week ending, and a ‘little piggy’ that went ‘ouch’.  …And THEN, Monday began with a bit of a scare, whereas Logan discovered an embedded tick that hitched a ride at some point the night before:

This little piggy went ‘ouch’

Tick bite Sunday night!

 

Onward and upward!

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was operated from 1831 until 1924 along the Potomac River, primarily for transporting coal from the Allegheny Mountains.  It runs from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, MD.  To give you an idea of where this is, see map image below.  This illustrates mile 0-10 of the C&O, which Logan accomplished on Wednesday, April 29–and then some!  It was a 19 mile day that day.

C&O canal head-end- mile 0-10

–But wait– I am getting ahead of the chronology because we want to tell you about some of the really awesome folks that Logan met at Greenbelt Park the day before, one of whom was Phil, and another wasVinny from NY.

Vinny is Biking the ADT

Vinny is a fellow veteran who is biking the ADT, trying to raise funds for veterans services such as suicide prevention and the Warrior Hike Walking Off The War Program created by Marine veteran Sean Gobin. WAY TO GO VINNY– and thank you — for bringing awareness and assistance to the plight of the innumerable veterans who have been ABSOLUTELY SCREWED* and left hanging by our ‘Government’ (*Drew’s commentary)

Logan broke camp at 0630 Wednesday, April 29, and busted out 19 miles in order to meet his friend and trail angels, Oslem and her husbans, in time for their rendezvous point near the C&O.  Here’s a great pic of Logan at the time:

Logan starts the C&O

Thursday was a ‘zero day’, meaning that Logan did not log any Trek miles, because he was in Arlington, VA for the May Day event.  The ‘May Day’ is a national Lyme Disease protest at the HQ of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).  An objective of the May Day event is to persuade the IDSA to reconsider their position denying the existence of chronic Lyme disease.

–OH, BTW, if you want to learn more about the horrendous deeds of the tax-payer-funded organizations that are SUPPOSED to be helping the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of our citizens whom have contracted Lyme, but are, instead, kowtowing to the insidious big pharma monopoly, then go to this link on YouTube for a documentary that will BLOW YOUR MIND:

…And here is a GREAT photo of Oslem at the protest–thanks again, Oslem, to you and your husband, for taking care of Logan on the trail:

Oslem at ISDA Protest

Logan made a couple of videos leading up to this; if you go to this upload you can find both:

As of Friday, May 1, Logan was on the C&O path, having departed the great folks he met at the May Day protest the two days before.

It was on this day that Logan met another AWESOME human being by the name of Warren.  …Logan and I spoke of this encounter on Saturday morning, when I called him for counsel because I was totally depressed.

I had been doing research the night before; I was delving into some data for upcoming posts to TFT (for which I am woefully behind posting content).  As these things go, one rabbit hole led to another, and I came across some research about the programmed sexual-ization of young children.  …It was a video that showed, very clearly, how the film industry, TV and other controlled interest of the ruling oligarchy manipulate children to become desensitized to child pornography and other mass-media mind control methods in order to induce society into accepting the abuse and exploitation of children–GLOBALLY!!!

As I watched it, I became overwhelmed with sadness, (if not wanting to vomit), at the fact that our society has become so very brainwashed…at the point that there is some perverse cognitive dissonance which impedes people from seeing the gross manipulation to which our children are exposed– and via such dynasties as Disney and all of the other plethora of lame-stream media propaganda infiltrating our homes.

I was very, very sad.  I felt that our Trek For Truth initiative could NEVER overcome nor remotely compete against the BILLIONS of dollars and decades of mind control  invested by ALL of the media who serve ONLY the interest of the sick bastards at the top of this fetid pyramid.  …Those same sick bastards who refer to YOU as ‘useless eaters’ (google it).

I became very depressed, indeed…I wondered if all of this effort was for naught.

The next morning (yesterday- Saturday), I texted Logan to check in, and he too was a bit worn down. –No doubt because his body ached, but also mentally.   We decided to chat, although Logan’s phone battery was  quite low, and we were mutually concerned about him having no phone power out there on the trail.

As I conveyed to him my concerns and described the absolute ‘low’ I was in, he told me about a gentlemen he had met the day before…a very kind person named Warren.

As Logan conveyed his experience:  Warren was jogging along the C&O path, passed by Logan, then circled back to strike up a conversation.  They discussed the TFT mission and Warren was impressed.  He spontaneously offered food and shelter to Logan that night, but Logan declined because he was only a couple miles from his bivouac site for that evening.  Kindly, they parted ways, each continuing on their routes for that day.   It was but a short while later that Logan felt tremendous remorse for declining the invitation from Warren.   “…I was smacking my forehead, Drew, doing a palm face-plant, that I might have offended Warren in some way, when he was only trying to help…I feel very badly for not taking him up on his offer, especially when the whole purpose of TFT is, in essence, a massive community outreach to engage with anyone and everyone along the trail… ”

As we spoke of this encounter with Warren, I became suddenly inspired!  “It is true, Logan“, I exclaimed.  “People ARE good by nature– they DO want change and they DO want to help!  –And to engender collaboration from folks such as Warren is  exactly why we sat about to launch the TFT to begin with!

Although I had not met Warren, I had become immensely rejuvenated  by his offer of goodwill toward Logan and our TFT mission– I had become re-inspired and felt a sense of hope at a time when I needed it most.

Upon hearing Logan describe his encounter with Warren, I became evermore determined to step back from the brink of this sadness that I had felt hitherto; I became even MORE motivated to continue this trek because of, and for, the redemptive qualities of compassionate human spirit embodied by people such as Warren.  As such, I loaded up Cuz and drove to my happy, healing place in the heart of the Clark State Forest (Henryville, IN) on Saturday (yesterday) afternoon.  …It turned out to be a remarkable day!!!

We would like to convey a BIG sincere TFT ‘Thank You’ to Warren, Phil, Vinny, Oslem and EVERYONE along the path of life who demonstrate and exude the attitudes of mind and qualities of spirit that make for radiant living; that make life on this planet worthwhile.  We are in awe of your contribution to humanity, toward the betterment of healing and fostering the next higher ideal of what we can achieve and become as a loving, benevolent species.

In closing, I leave you with a couple photos from Cuz’s and my mini-TFT yesterday in Henryville. This is the place where I was raised to appreciate the divinity of nature; the divinity in each of us…I remain inspired, in-spirit, with SO MUCH LOVE in my heart and anticipation for the next chapter of the TFT trail journal.

Until next week, dear TFT community, may your trek in the days ahead lead you to meet such wonderful humans as we’ve encountered along the way thus far.

…and now, here is a pic of one happy dog on the scent of squirrels and dandelions :-)

Cuz at Firetower Hill Overlook

View South toward Louisville from Firetower Hill, Clark State Forest

Peace be to you, TFT community!