About Me

“Nonstop to Arctic Circle after Karlskrona-see Table 721a/b. Hot water bottle advisable. Hard tack only after Murmansk. Return journey via Anchorage and Mexicali. Boy, oh boy, have you screwed up this time, pal.”
– Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There

“There must be a beginning, a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory. The greatest things are accomplished, and the greatest achievements are won, by toil and by striving uninterrupted, toil as well of the body as of the spirit.”
– Francis Drake, The True Glory

I was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Glasgow, where I received my master’s degree in Economic Development. I once walked from Maine to Georgia, and I once was a student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I also take photographs from time to time, which are on display over here. My mom is running for the Texas House of Representatives. You should check out her website.


7 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Ryan Zoradi January 30, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Hey Robert, great to hear from you buddy. I’m enjoying your blog as well. Hope we can meet up before the year is over. I’m planning on going up to Edinburgh to meet up with some of the other Ambassadorial Scholars. You should either meet me there or maybe I’ll adventure out to Glasgow. Take care!

  2. Kyle Friedel September 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi Robert,
    I’m with Troop 890 back in Dallas, Texas. I was sent your blog site and am just amazed at what you’ve experienced. I am writing an article about the troop with it’s 50th anniversary coming up next year and wondered if you had any thoughts I could reference about your experience. I hope your experience was the beginning of all your life journeys.

    Kyle Friedel
    1st Year Scoutmaster for 2011

  3. Miss Step December 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m a sobo that was behind you since..well…Maine! Just wanted to say Hi and that I loved your movie/lyrics challenges in the registers. Some were ridiculously hard though…
    Anyways, congrats on finishing, and I hope to see you at trail days this year, so the sobos can unite! I finished on December 21st with 4 guys, and the next day when we woke up at Springer Mt. Shelter, another 10 sobos showed up! Insane, huh?
    Well, I hope you have better luck readjusting to post-trail life than I’ve been having…
    -Miss Step*

  4. ~Boots~ December 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Congratz!! It was great meeting you and staying the night with you at Davenport Gap Shelter!! I’m proud of you and know this is soemthing that will last more than a lifetime for you!! Way to go!

  5. Bill H November 15, 2009 at 1:39 am #

    really nice pics. went to my mom’s 89th birthday party and your dad showed me your web site. man, i am jelous.

  6. Chase October 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm #


    We haven’t met, but I’m also a Baylor ’09 grad. I have also been planning on thru-hiking the AT for a few years now. I was going to hike it this year if grad school didn’t work out, but alas, here I am a student yet again. The AT will have to wait a few more years. Anyway, I thought it was great to see another recent Baylor grad who has the same aspiration and is going for it! I might have to get some trail advice from you when you are done.

    Good luck on the second half, and just remember that if you run into any bears, just do a Sic ’em and they’ll know your family!


  7. uncle craig August 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Stick to it nephew. Hope your resolve does not wither away in the weeks ahead. Loved your video from Barren Mtn. Not “stupid” it’s a “guy thing”. I’d do it now and I have a few years on your dad.

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