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Local distance hiker, paddler share stories of outdoor adventure Thursday at Voices
Robert Fuller paddled to gulf and back; Brett Grizzle hiked Appalachian, Pacific Crest trail
Voices: Outdoor Adventures will be held April 28 at Sabor in midtown Gainesville. The new location is at 528 Bradford St. SW behind the CVS.

Voices: Outdoor Adventures

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, with program beginning at 6 p.m.
Where: Sabor, 528 Bradford St. SW, Gainesville
How much: Free; bar will take credit cards
More info: 770-718-3417

It takes a certain amount of courage to set off on an adventure.

You must prepare physically and mentally. You must drop whatever is going on in your daily life. And then you begin with determination but uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Two local residents will be sharing their stories of adventures in the outdoors at an event April 28 in Gainesville.

Robert Fuller, a professor at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, paddled from the tip of the Chattahoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico. The he turned around and paddled up river to get back home, ending on the Etowah River.

“I never dreamed it was going to be this tough,” he told The Times as he finished the trek in 2013. “...But I found something inside myself, some toughness, some grit maybe, to get these last three weeks done.”

Brett Grizzle, a North Hall High School graduate, took a break from college in 2006 to hike the Appalachian Trail. The trail, stretching from North Georgia to Maine, is about 2,200 miles long.

But those miles weren’t enough. A few years later he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches more than 2,500 miles along the West Coast from the bottom to the top of the United States and through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

They’ll each share their stories at Voices: Outdoor Adventures, hosted by The Times.

The event will be in a new location, Sabor, 528 Bradford St. SW, Gainesville. It’s a space in midtown behind the CVS, and it’s operated by the owner of Avocados Restaurant on the downtown square.

Doors and bar open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m. Entry is free.

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