Destin in a Day – 771 miles round trip, in 1 day, to Pompano Joe’s for Coconut Shrimp!

In this micro-adventure I drive to Destin in a Day – 771 miles round trip, in 1 day, to Pompano Joe’s for Coconut Shrimp!

That’s right, 771 round trip miles, in one day, for my favorite shrimp at Pompano Joe’s as they have the best Coconut Shrimp around.

Pompano Joe’s and Dewey Destin’s on the Bay in Destin, Florida have been our long time favorite restaurants for years.

This micro-adventure to Destin, Florida, began on a Thursday night with me wanting coconut shrimp from Pompano Joe’s, in Destin Florida. So, on Friday we left the house at 6am. and wouldn’t return from Destin until 1am. 771 round trip miles in one day to eat coconut shrimp and it was awesome!

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Urban Hiking Leiper’s Fork,Tn. – Harley’s, Dogs and BBQ!

Today’s micro-adventure – Urban Hiking Ep-14 Leiper’s Fork, Tn – Harley’s, Dogs and BBQ was a one day trip of epic proportion!

Leiper’s Fork, Tn. is an awesome small town full of character and quaint shops that offer something for everyone. Leiper’s Fork, Tn. was alive and well with people everywhere the day I decided to go Urban Hiking there.

The day I chose to go urban hiking in Leiper’s Fork, Tn. there were an abundance of Harley’s, dogs and BBQ. Very dog friendly town and Leiper’s Fork, Tn. is a favorite destination for weekly Harley motorcycle rides. Even the shops seem to be dog friendly in Leiper’s Fork, Tn.

The local favorite for BBQ in Leiper’s Fork, Tn. hands down is Puckett’s BBQ. They even offer outside seating and plenty of it.

Leiper’s Fork, Tn. is a must stop for Urban Hiking if you’re within an hours drive!

The name Leiper’s Fork is from a stream that runs through the town.

I will be returning to Leiper’s Fork Tn. to go urban hiking in the future, why? Harley’s, dogs and BBQ.

Urban hiking in Leiper’s Fork, Tn. – Harley’s, Dogs and BBQ! Leiper’s Fork, Tn.

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Urban Hiking Thompson’s Station Tennessee!

In this Urban Hiking micro-adventure I travel to Thompson’s Station Tennessee

Per Wikipedia – “Thompson’s Station Tennessee is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 2,194 at the 2010 Census, and was estimated 6,567 in 2019. Several locations in Thompson’s Station listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include the Jacob Critz House and the Thomas L. Critz House, Thompson’s Station Bank, John Neely House, James P. Johnson House, Homestead Manor and James Giddens House.

The first settlers arrived in what is now Thompson’s Station Tennessee in the late 18th century. The community was originally known as “White House,” but changed its name to “Littlebury” in 1836.[1] After the arrival of the railroad in 1855, Dr. Elijah Thompson donated land for a town and train station, and the community was thus renamed for him.[1]

On March 5, 1863, during the Civil War, the Battle of Thompson’s Station Tennessee was fought, with Confederate forces led by General Earl Van Dorn defeating Union forces under Colonel John Coburn.[1] “

If you ever near Thompson’s Station Tennessee it’s worth a visit. While Thompson’s Station Tennessee is small I hear the the Circa Restaurant is excellent.

Then there is also the Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station Tennessee where you can see the horses but don’t touch!

And if you’re into hiking Thompson’s Station Tennessee has several trails to choose from.

If you liked this video of me Urban Hiking at Thompson’s Station Tennessee then check our my other Urban Hiking videos!

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Rural Exploration – Abandoned off Hwy 99

Today’s micro-adventure is all about rural exploration of abandoned stuff, abandoned homes, abandoned barns, and more, just off Hwy 99 in Limestone County, Alabama. In today’s episode of rural exploration I go in search of abandoned barns, abandoned homes and more in rural areas of North Alabama.
Rural Exploration is the exploration of man made structures that are abandoned or rarely seen by most. It’s sometimes referred to as rurex – a combination of Rural and Exploration.
Rurex or Rural Exploration, is the counterpart to Urbanex or urban exploration, but in rurex or Rural exploration, the exploration is done in the country or rural areas of the United States.
The highlight of today’s rurex or rural exploration is a grist mill on highway 99 in Limestone County in North Alabama, near Athens, Alabama.
Rurex, rural exploration, rural ex, no matter what you call it, it’s always a great micro-adventure anyone can do.
So load up the car and go on a Rural Exploration or rurex adventure of your own!

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Rural Exploration – Abandoned Stuff in Paint Rock Valley!

In this rural exploration micro-adventure I explore abandoned barns, homes and more in Paint Rock Valley, Alabama!
There are so many abandoned homes, barns and homesteads to explore in rural America that many will never see. It’s rural art and photography at it’s best. As I explore these areas I also hope to provide a way for others to see rural America.
When doing rural exploration I always wonder that that abandoned, home, barn or farm once looked like on it’s best day. It was probably the pride and joy for someone, only to now be abandoned with it’s best days left behind.
Paint Rock is a town in Jackson County, Alabama that sits alongside the Paint Rock River. According to Wikipedia – Paint Rock was settled in the 1820s, and was initially known as “Camden.” A post office was established in 1836, and a railroad depot was constructed in 1856. The name was changed from Camden to “Paint Rock” in 1876.

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Couch to 25k in 3 Weeks? – McKay Hollow Madness 15 mile trail run!

In this physical micro-adventure I attempt to do a couch to 25K trail run with just 3 weeks training. That’s a 15 mile trail run with very little practical training just see if it can be done! Thus the title – couch to 25k in 3 Weeks!
Full disclaimer… I am a runner and in my last race I completed a 100 mile run. But haven’t ran much since. And I mean I haven’t run hardly any long distances since, in fact none! Periodically I’d run a couple to three miles and that’s pretty much it. Just got burned out of running. So, at the last minute I decided to see if I could run the McKay Hollow Madness on Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s a technical trial run with a lot of elevation. At least a lot for me considering I have now hills to train on near my home.
My 3 week training plan was to do a few 3-5 mile runs and one long run prior to the race. In the past I feel like I may over train and this time I wanted to know if I had what it takes to just finish with little training.
I don’t recommend this training plan but in a pinch I thought I’d try it – I mean how hard could 15 trail miles with elevation be – right?
Join me on this documentary style short film as I attempt a couch to 25K with just 3 weeks training!
See if this becomes an epic fail!

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Rural Exploration – Minor Hill, Tennessee and more abandoned stuff!

In this Rural Exploration micro-adventure I travel to the southern Tennessee town of Minor Hill.

Minor Hill, Tennessee is an ideal location for Rural Exploration as it offers beautiful abandoned barns, country houses and more.In this rural exploration micro-adventure I decided to randomly pick a road and see what there was to explore in the Minor Hill area of Tennessee.

It turned into a treasure trove of abandoned buildings, barns and old country homes. I always wonder what these old structures were once like in their prime. Wikipedia had this to say about Minor Hill – “Minor Hill is named for Joseph Minor, an early settler in the area.

A later owner of the Minor tract donated part of it for the establishment of a school, church, and cemetery in the mid-19th century. A post office was established in 1870, and the city incorporated that same year….As of the census of 2000, there were 437 people, 181 households, and 129 families residing in the city.” Click here to join the exploration!

92 Rides Roads Unknown Ep-4 – Awesome Covered Bridges and Camaros

In this motovlog I go for a ride on my motorcycle into North Alabama to see covered bridges, camaros, creeks, and more.
This was a great day to ride old 92 which is the name of my Yamaha Vstar 1100 bobber. In case you were wondering what the difference is between a chopper and a bobber motorcycle… A chopper you actually chop up when building, whereas a bobber motorcycle can be put back together into a stock configuration, generally speaking as far as motorcycles go.
North Alabama has some of the best country roads for riding motorcycles which is why I started this section on allthingstonyj.
So sit back and enjoy a ride through Salem, Alabama as I go motovlogging on my motorcycle to see covered bridges, camaro’s, creeks, and more.
In this motorcycle vlogging series I literally get on my motorcycle and choose a road I’ve never traveled. Thus the title of this section 92 Rides Roads unknown. There’s something awesome about the mystery of taking a motorcycle ride to local places you’re never seen. You always find the most interesting things that most people have never seen.

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Urban Hiking the Beautiful Southern City of Pulaski Tennessee!

In this urban hiking micro-adventure I travel to the beautiful southern Tennessee city of Pulaski to do some urban exploration!
Urban Hiking in Pulaski offers a wonderful time to get out and hike in an urban setting. This Tennessee city is complete with a beautiful city square with commercial stores all around.
According to Wikipedia – Pulaski was founded in 1809. During the American Civil War, the vicinity of Pulaski was the site of a number of skirmishes during the Franklin–Nashville Campaign. Union troops occupied the state from 1862. In 1863, Confederate courier Sam Davis was hanged in Pulaski by the Union Army on suspicion of espionage.
This Urban Hiking micro-adventure in beautiful Pulaski, Tennessee is a “must see” small southern city if you’re ever in southern Tennessee. Pulaski is located just north of the Alabama state line and is home to Martin Methodist University.
There is plenty of Urban Hiking to be had around the square, through the city and into adjoining neighborhoods. The city is filled with beautiful southern homes that you’d expect to see in southern Tennessee.
So if you’re into Urban Hiking and Urban Exploration you might want to give Pulaski a look since it is steeped in history.

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Rural Exploration – Southern Tennessee abandoned stuff and more!

In this micro-adventure I travel to rural Southern Tennessee to explore abandoned stuff – barns, structures and beautiful countrysides. Thus the idea for Rural Exploration!
In this micro-adventure I decided to travel to Southern Tennessee and literally take a road I’ve never traveled to see what I could find. Seriously, just a random road!

I found myself exploring the area around Bethel, Tennessee. A truly beautiful rural area. I think you’ll find it that way as well!

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