I have always wanted to walk across county. Anyone else feel the same?

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  1. Katrina Speights profile image68
    Katrina Speightsposted 6 years ago

    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.

  2. billybuc profile image87
    billybucposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think it is wise to do it alone either, being female adds to the potential danger. Thank you for the luck though, just about everyone could use a bit more.

  3. edhan profile image51
    edhanposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, I've just always felt the world is to big and there's to much to see to stay in a small place for an entire life. Some people love that though, so to each their own.

  4. junkseller profile image83
    junksellerposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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!

  5. word55 profile image73
    word55posted 6 years ago

    No, no billy! Now you and KS can hike it, right? ;-)

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I actually plan on spending many years out there, not many are willing.

  6. wychic profile image86
    wychicposted 6 years ago

    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 wink. 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 smile. 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.

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds fun, I hope you will one day achieve your dream.

  7. Seafarer Mama profile image91
    Seafarer Mamaposted 6 years ago

    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)

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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!

  8. Theophanes profile image94
    Theophanesposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. Katrina Speights profile image68
      Katrina Speightsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Bet you had the time of your life. Wish your health was better, then again another trip might do you good. Lower your stress and such. Good luck with your story!


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