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Old 06-13-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fresno,ca
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Will you sleep in motels or a tent?

I could see myself doing the trip across America - I'd worry most about safety - either from road traffic or violence. It would be an interesting thing to do with a several people (safety in numbers).
the only part im worried about is the whole thing with where to sleep... I'm thinking that maybe i can find a barn house and ask the folks there if i can sleep in that for the night and in exchange for some work or whichever we can make a deal with. It would be a great great way to meet new people in different parts of the country. even though it might sound crazy i just actually think that this might work out and im extremely excited about it all!!!

I have about 2 weeks so i'll have to plan this all out but i can't wait!!! =) I might need some sponsors too if i want to fight for my personal cause which is awareness for Bipolar Disorder and other Mental Illnesses.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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your right!! I'm just going to do it I'm sure that there's some generous people in the world and i'll bring a tent and a bunch of other stuff Not recommended! Remember you have to carry all that stuff. just to make sure that everything is ok.

i've heard of people letting you sleep in barns and maybe in the back of a truck even...lol we'll see im pretty confident that things will be just fine I just can't wait to go already!! Thanks for the encouragement =)
Most people will be very nice but some will be awful. Please read Don Vermilyea's account of his trip--he was often treated like a homeless man, and that wasn't very nicely. I'm not trying to scare you off, but to make you aware of the challenge--I'm actually hoping you'll do it and keep us posted. If you can, keep a blog. It would be a good idea to contact Don V. or Peter Jenkins to get some pointers, and if you run out of money you can always park somewhere for awhile and work. I know Peter did and he met his wife that way. Make sure you work out a lot before you go--carrying that pack will be hard at first. It would be a good idea to plot out some places you can stay for free before you go--campgrounds are nice, but not free, and there are usually people who will let you stay if you contact them ahead of time and they know what you're doing. Don't set too many rules for yourself and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-13-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Fresno,ca
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Where will you be sleeping at night? keep in mind you should eat a lot of healthy foods to keep you going, too. no idea how much $, does it say on the above website? i wouldnt carry that much, hopefully someone can send you some? i would love to know what route you pick.
Today I passed a man who is rollerblading from Ca to Mass. so great to see such dedication.
Durango Herald News, Gliding with gratitude

I actually want to walk from Santa Cruz, Ca up the California coast to Crescent City, Oregon and then follow the pacific coast to The temperate rain forest on the western side of the Olympia National Park on the northwestern most section of Washington then wrap around to Seattle, Washington.

I figure that will take me about 3 months to do going at about 18 miles a day, then i have a decision to walk from Seattle, Wa to New York City starting this November 2010 or just wait out the wintertime in a Temperate climate like Seattle then just head out in Mid March on my true walk across America to New York City. If i do it that way then i'll probably get there in Mid-October some time.

But yeah that's basically my plan and I honestly feel I am ready to do this. =)
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikecentennial.org for something similar. If you can obtain their maps, they would be a good guide as far as a preferred route to take, and a listing of tourist resources/ comforts mile-by-mile along that route.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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I actually want to walk from Santa Cruz, Ca up the California coast to Crescent City, Oregon and then follow the pacific coast to The temperate rain forest on the western side of the Olympia National Park on the northwestern most section of Washington then wrap around to Seattle, Washington.

I figure that will take me about 3 months to do going at about 18 miles a day, then i have a decision to walk from Seattle, Wa to New York City starting this November 2010 or just wait out the wintertime in a Temperate climate like Seattle then just head out in Mid March on my true walk across America to New York City. If i do it that way then i'll probably get there in Mid-October some time.

But yeah that's basically my plan and I honestly feel I am ready to do this. =)

If you're still debating whether to start your walk eastward in November, you are a long way from being mentally prepared for the walk as you sure haven't done any research on weather.

Come back here when you are more prepared !

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Old 06-14-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Fresno,ca
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If you're still debating whether to start your walk eastward in November, you are a long way from being mentally prepared for the walk as you sure haven't done any research on weather.

Come back here when you are more prepared !

uhm..i think i know a thing or two about weather!! im only majoring in Geography/meteorology and got a 98% in my Weather/Climate class...

I just love when people assume things..lol It's just so funny...lol

The reason i said that was because i don't mind leaving in the wintertime KNOWING that it will be cold still but if i can head through Idaho in Mid march i still wouldn't mind crossing Washington in Late January and February I think i know i thing or two about that..

OBVIOUSLY it's gonna be colder in Eastern Montana and North Dakota and Minnesota BY FAR!!! then the Mountains of Washington and Eastern Washington Isn't really that bad compared to the latter!!

Just to let you know that i research that weather average stuff for fun!!! lol i had so much positive remarks about my walk until yours came up I'm gonna go ahead and ignore all of what you wrote...
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Winter in Seattle to take advantage of the long days come late spring plus you are quite apt to get smashed by a car or truck in the winter (dark, poor visibility, bad windshield wipers, slick roads). Of course you will get all 'tuned-up' after doing PCT (especially camping in remote areas). I live only a few miles off of it but not close enough for walkers to drop in. Tho I do have a private guest house that I open up to many strangers every yr. (via a few guest home directories and bunches of referrals.)
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:12 AM
 
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so exciting!
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