Walking across the United States

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)    2 years, 9 months ago

For awhile now I have been thinking about walking the US. I’m not sure where the idea came from but it is fairly well stuck there. I’ve done some research and it really isn’t as crazy as it first seemed. 37 people have been documented to have walked from one coast of the US to the other. To my surprised it really wouldn’t take all that long. The average person walked the US in around 3 months..

Basically I was wonder what fellow HEthens thought of the idea. I’ve put together a rough budget and I would need around $1000 to do the trip right. I was planning on trying to stay outdoors and carry a tent and everything I need with me. I was thinking about doing it as a charity fundraiser but honestly I just don’t know where to start with that. I was also thinking about starting a blog to document my travels.

Any interest/advice/suggestions are welcome.

1 votes, posted 10.20.2011 at 2:52 am
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Em (@emily)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Nathan that sounds awesome!! You’d be like Forrest Gump :) In terms of a charity fundraiser.. I don’t know how you’d go about that either. But I would think you’d need to make people/locations aware of your arrival before you got there. Do you know what states you’d want to go through? I think it’d be cool to visit all the different occupy locations as you went through the different states :) Wow best of luck to you! <3

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Em (@emily)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Oh-may I suggest couchsurfing! If you come through Albany you’d have a place to stay :)

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Well, I figured realistically it will take me about six months to plan a route, buy supplies, and wait for the weather to get warm again, so my original plan was to use the internet to drum up support. I know pay pal as free(ish) donation buttons that you can put on a website.

If I made a whole blog thing in the months leading up to it I might be able to get the word out and raise money.

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Kevin (@placid)2 years, 9 months ago ago

This is on my to do list. I love walking and traveling. And the idea of living of the minimum while exploring, meeting new people, and just the simple excitement seems so compelling to me. Adventure for sure.

Defiantly document your travels for sure. Probably one of the most memorable things you do in your life time. I support 100%.

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks Kevin! As long as I can raise enough money for supplies I don’t see any reason not to try this.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Sounds awesome man! I love it. Read the book ‘planetwalker’ for a great taste how it feels like and there’s no doubt you can learn many lessons from it.

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TJ (@geassed45)2 years, 9 months ago ago

I created an account just to say that this sounds like the perfect self-discovery trip. The power of youth! Banzai!

Good luck dude!

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Ellie (@tangledupinplaid21)2 years, 9 months ago ago

So cool! I would definitely read the blog.

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Nightowl (@nightowl)2 years, 9 months ago ago

You might be inspired by “A Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins. Also, opposed to a tent, I suggest a backpacking hammock for weight, ease of setup/teardown, and comfort by a long shot. That might only work in the eastern half of the continent though I bet but keep it in mind. Parachute hammocks are amazing.

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Jordy (@soulerbear)2 years, 9 months ago ago

I did this trip on a smaller scale but it was still amazing. I started from the lower point in Southern California by my house and I walked with a friend and a camera to Northern California. We stayed in random peoples houses, park benches where we talked to drug addicts about life, we partied at random colleges, and we were even given money by a large majority of people who said what we were doing was amazing. I had an amazing time and wouldn’t take it back. It got scary at sometimes when we were walking through rough spots but still amazing. We are in the works of turning the video into an indepedent film soon. Have fun if you do and don’t question if you should do something like this just do it you won’t regret it.

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Nightowl

I’ve actually been looking at this small tube tent that is used for survival kits. It is a tent big enough for two people that only weights 17 ounces.

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Jordy

It sounds like you had quite the experience. I thought about seeing if someone wanted to make the journey with me, but I haven’t pinned down if I’ll be even able to yet.

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Nightowl (@nightowl)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Bad ass, that’s exactly how much my hammock weighs. Carry on. And best of!!!

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Alex Eastman (@alex)2 years, 9 months ago ago

Nathan, that sounds like an AMAZING idea! Maybe if you start the charity, you can walk the walk with others and the people that sign up, for each hundred miles they travel some benefactor donates 100 dollars to a charity. Not sure if the benefactor would consent, but that would be amazing :)

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

@ Alex

I was thinking if I asked for people to donate even $20 that is only donating $0.01/mile I am going to walk. It seems pretty easy to donate to that logic.

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 9 months ago ago

@Nightowl

Yea, I was pretty happy to find such a light tent. However, I’m starting to worry about being able to carry enough food. I am looking at Datrex 3600-Calorie Food Bars right now. 72,000 calories worth of “food” for 20 bars and that would only be 10 pounds.

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Bobby (@bobbylloydxd)2 years, 9 months ago ago

I read a book recently by a guy named Rory Stewart called “The Places in Between”. This guy has walked across many countries and wrote a book documenting his march across afghanistan in 2002. It was an awesome book and might give you some helpful advice/ inspiration for what you are trying to do.
Sounds awesome man. I wan’t to do this also one day.

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dana (@danalea)2 years, 9 months ago ago

this is so exciting! my bf and i want to do this too hopefully, if circumstances allow, by summer. good luck!

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kyle kittell (@kkylekittell24)2 years, 5 months ago ago

So did this ever happen? Because I am thinking about doing it myself. Any updates?

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Satori (@stephaniekaitlyn)2 years, 5 months ago ago

Sounds incredible! Do it! I bet it’ll be one beautiful adventure :)

You should check this out

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theron/this-wild-idea-365-days-365-stories-traversing-ame?ref=live

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Nathan Rotunda (@macenro)2 years, 4 months ago ago

I did a lot of research and got a rough estimate of what it would cost, but I’ve never been able to raise the money. :/

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)2 years, 4 months ago ago

If you didn’t read the book I recommended in the beginning of this thread, you probably haven’t found out about: http://www.planetwalk.org/

Maybe it;s worth investigating.

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Theo Umbertos (@shadowfoot)2 years, 4 months ago ago

I would do some smaller trips before committing to anything big. You may discover you love it, and that is awesome. However, you might, as has been my experience with backpacking, hate it. I thought I would love hiking the Appalachian trail. So far I have done three multi-day hikes and hated every one. I’m not trying to discourage you, just make sure that it is something you want to do.

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Anonymous (@)2 years, 4 months ago ago

@Nathan, I was wondering if there was anything new with this?
I’m planning something similar, just picked up most of my gear, going to set out sometime this week and just walk for 13 hours around my town to get the feel for a day of walking, then I have a trip planned from Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis up to the Canadian border, roughly a 650 mile round trip, try to knock it out in a week, and then start working on a route to walk from MN to California. I’m doing it for me and my personal reasons, foremost, but if I can incorporate a charity or awareness of an issue that would make it all the more special. If you, or anyone, has any information on how to go about that, it would be greatly appreciated.

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