I have always wanted to walk across county. Anyone else feel the same?
I'm a member of another site whos main focus is travel, so I know I'm not alone in this desire. My question is, who here would also consider walking across their country or beyond? When I can finally do this (financially) I have no plans on hitchhiking, just sticking to the highways and visiting just about every state.
I wanted to at one time, but I could never find someone willing to do it with me, and I didn't think it was wise to do it alone. Good luck with your dream.
Yes. I would love to do this in my lifetime. It is a great feeling to walk across county and sightseeing at the same time. It is just beautiful kind of feeling for doing so.
Always thought that'd be cool. I'm not in shape to do it now, and probably won't ever be. And if I did it, it would be trying to stay away from highways.
I came across this website where a person was trying to figure out the shortest route that would take you through the 48 contiguous states: http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/shortest-48/
The best they came up with is just under 6,500 miles. At 10 miles a day, that'd take about 22 months. That's a lot of walking. And in some cases it just means barely going into the state and just leaving which wouldn't be much fun.
If you wanted to do something like hit every state capital, then you'd be talking about 11,700 miles! http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bryant/boolean/maps.html
Walking down the continent would also be fascinating. Or visiting all of the capitals of the countries in North and South America.
Most states actually have laws about hiking on the interstates, so I kinda have to stick to highways. I know it will take a long time and I don't really mind that. It's about the journey for me, not how quickly I could do it. Thanks for the links!
I've always wanted to ride my bike (bicycle, that is...no motor) cross-country, and still hope that I might be able to one day. Ended up with a husband and kids before I traveled at all -- it was supposed to be just me and the dog . Now, the plan is a 10,000-mile bike ride when I'm 60 or so...my husband is almost 30 years older than me, so my "old age" plans are mostly assuming I'll be solo. The only toss-up is whether I'd want to ride across the US more, or across South America . I do have a friend who took off after high school graduation, as I'd planned to do, and has now been traveling the world for 10 solid years. 'Tis a life worth fantasizing about, and yet another reason to hope for continued good health over the next few decades.
That sounds like a great goal...to travel the country on a continuum instead of zig-zagging all over by train or plane...but train might be a great alternative to walking, since you can look out the windows between destinations....depending on how much time you have. Perhaps you can mix walking with train rides?
I hope you find an equally eager traveling companion. Perhaps there's a club near you for people who love to travel, and perhaps you'll find a like-minded (and safe) person to walk across the country with. Best wishes!
The one walking endeavor I'd want to accomplish at this time in my life is a pilgramage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. ~:0)
I would actually love to go by train a one point, there is just a limit to where the passenger trains go. the couchsurfing website allows people to connect who have similar goals. It is a risk, as is everything. Hope you get you pilgrimage!
Sadly I do not have the health to do this but it does sound beautiful. I managed to drive across the Lower 48 in a 74 day trip living out of a Jeep... That was AMAZING and maybe someday I can make something of it but for now it's just a great story and an old dusty blog. Best wishes to all those that seek to travel.
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