Walking Across America! Help needed

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Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby slevin88 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:38 pm

Hey everyone,

My name is Ben Lee and Im from Melbourne Australia. On May 18th I began a walk across America to raise money for Oxfam, a charity that fights against poverty and injustice. I am currently in Delta, Utah and up to this point I have been walking with a walking partner but she has just decided she has had enough and has returned home leaving to continue on solo. I never wanted to do this solo though and wouldn't have attempted this if I knew I would be alone for this length of time. I realize the chances of finding someone willing to spend so much time to just walk is minimal but I'll try anyway. From here, I plan to head east (exact route not set In stone yet). Even if you cant walk the whole way then maybe you could just walk part of the way with me and be a part of this adventure. For those interested, here is my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/10MillionSteps

I could use some help with my route as well. Currently I want to head north to escape the heat and was thinking of taking the 40 across to Colorado and then from Steamboat Springs, head north towards Cheyenne, Wyoming. I havnt had too much time at the moment to look at the details but this is the route that google maps suggested if walking from delta to new York. But please, if you have an idea of this route, tell me about it or let me know if theres something better. I am pushing a cart with all my stuff so I would like to stick to roads as much as possible but preferably lesser used roads. Elevation is also a big thing I would like to avoid if possible. Going over the Sierra Nevadas was hard enough so id like to stay as flat as possible.

Thanks for any help anyone can give me
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Re: Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby Tim Jordan » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:58 pm

A guy named Aaron Huey did the same thing several years ago with his dog. I think he has a website and probably could give you some info on the the route, etc.
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Re: Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby KizH » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:03 pm

Hey, Ben-

Another suggestion would be to google the Adventure Cycling website. They develop
and sell maps of cross-country cycling routes that include tips for campgrounds,
restaurants, grocery stores and motels. Since the routes are for cyclists, they're
(98%?) paved.

Sometimes used maps are available on Craigslist.

Here are some additional sites where you might find more information or contacts:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evan/adventure-access-trail-walking-boston-to-san-franc

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?47396-American-Discovery-Trail-walk-across-America
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Re: Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:24 am

Dex, those are great reads, but they are really dated.

For the OP, you can avoid the high Rockies by following Interstate 80. I would guess you are doing about 15 miles per day, which might put you in the plains by mid-august. Note that the plains can be a cauldron in summer, and going north might not make much of a difference.
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Postby Kojones » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:26 am

I'd be willing to walk with you when in Colorado for a portion. Just depends on the timing. Keep us updated!

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Postby jasonmiller » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:44 am

How about some info on Oxfam, and how they fight against "poverty and injustice"

Just curious.

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Re: Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:35 am

Dex wrote:
Hungry Jack wrote:
Dex, those are great reads, but they are really dated.



I'm old(er) - they are inspirational. Most such travel books get dated quickly.


They are inspirational and timeless in terms of their observations of the human condition. Least Heat Moon's pithy commentaries are priceless (I have read all of his published works), and I will never forget Peter Jenkins and his dog, Cooper. Poor guy.
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Postby JEyez » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:53 am

jasonmiller wrote:How about some info on Oxfam, and how they fight against "poverty and injustice"

Just curious.

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Postby Hungry Jack » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:21 am

Dex wrote:http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/story/2012-07-23/peter-jenkins-a-walk-across-america/56441122/1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Jenkins_%28travel_author%29

I read the 2 Walk books and didn't know he continued to write.

I tried another Moon book but didn't like it as much as Blue Highways.

I think the first is usually the best - there is the risk, unknown and openness to them.


I thought Moon's River Horse and Prairy Erth were both pretty worthy.
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Re: Walking Across America! Help needed

Postby slevin88 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:04 pm

Thanks for the replies and help guys. At the moment i'm thinking I might follow Hungry Jacks suggestion and follow the 80 as close as I can through Wyoming. At the moment dealing with the loneliness is tough enough without having to deal with the strain of the elevation that the rockies will bring so I think staying as flat as possible will be my main priority. Using google maps for walking directions between Evanston and Cheyenne, the 210 Rd route seems to follow the 80 the best. Has anyone cycled along this route at all? Would help greatly to hear about what its like. And again, if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them and if anyone does want to travel this road, feel free to join!
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Postby Hungry Jack » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:23 pm

The thought of you trudging along some empty highway in the high plains in August makes my feet burn and my nuts bake. I wish we could find a better solution, but the choice seems to be long climbs or dry heat.

I am tempted to suggest following I-70 into Colorado, taking it through Glenwood Canyon and then over Vail Pass before leaving 70 and heading north on hiway 9 to hiway 40 and through Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Postby midwestcoast » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:57 pm

Hungry Jack wrote:
I am tempted to suggest following I-70 into Colorado, taking it through Glenwood Canyon and then over Vail Pass before leaving 70 and heading north on hiway 9 to hiway 40 and through Rocky Mountain National Park.


If you're going to be alone, for your sanity, I second this. I-80 through Wyoming really, really, sucks, and that's when you're driving it in a few hours with full AC. Wyoming is a great state but in my opinion, not anywhere near that highway.

Obviously you're in pretty good shape and I'm sure you would acclimate quickly. The varied and scenic terrain is worth it. By taking I-80 you'd avoid the more troublesome elevations, but it probably wouldn't be terribly less smoldering than the desert and you almost miss the Rockies entirely. Following I-70 wouldn't have too steep of grades for walking and even if the elevation gets to you a bit, I'm not sure it would make things much worse than the shadeless, barren, hellscape of I-80 ?

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