'True adventurer' without legs, Kevin Michael Connolly tackles Pigeon Forge

Kevin Michael Connolly isn’t afraid of what awaits him in Pigeon Forge.

Kevin Michael Connolly isn’t afraid of what awaits him in Pigeon Forge.

Touted as a “true adventurer” at the Travel Channel, legless daredevil Kevin Michael Connolly will brave the extremeness of Pigeon Forge Tuesday night.

“He experiences the world unlike anybody else,” Travel Channel General Manager Andy Singer said.

On his new series “Armed & Ready” (airing 10 p.m. Tuesday, Travel Channel), Connolly takes on challenges that people with two legs would fear to do — rafting, tree climbing and tumbling down a hill in a giant orb, human hamster style.

He climbs into Zorb, in which he rolled down a hill in a sphere that riders usually do strapped in at four points, hands and feet.

Connolly must maintain control of his boat at USA Raft in Pigeon Forge, two feet above the water in a captain’s seat with no straps and without the use of the foot bar for leverage and balance as he rows with the oars. If he does not navigate correctly, he will crash into the currents.

While at Lumberjack Sports in Pigeon Forge, Connolly learned about pro-lumberjack athletics including ax throwing, log rolling, speed climbing, sawing and chopping.

He managed something he never thought he would at Tree Climb : climbing a 50-foot tree.

Two and a Half Men and a local woman

Oak Ridge native Elaine Hendrix, who spent much of her childhood in Morristown, found her recent experience working on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” reently to be daunting.

“After all my years in the biz, sitcoms in front of live audiences still make me nervous,” she said. “The pressure to ‘hit it’ is intense for guest stars.

“I don’t even feel like my character was human so that made it extra challenging. But everyone was super nice.”

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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