Days 14 and 15 bring Tom into Blythe, CA through an Apocalyptic landscape and Greasy Spoon Diners. He battles a strong pain in his foot with ice baths, hot spas, and a professional consultation with old friend and colleague Lino Cedros as Tom determines what his next steps will be for the days and weeks ahead.
On Day 13, after leaving the Bradshaw Trail, Tom reflects on the value of those around him. Tom talks about the Red Cloud exit his brother Joel meets him off of the 10 freeway to bring him some water, beans and tortillas. Joel brings him to Wiley’s well and Tom hits the road eastward towards Blythe, CA.
Days 11 and 12 take Tom to The Bradshaw Trail.
The heat is rising in the desert, especially when you are wearing a backpack. Tom explains why he needs to eat more pizza and also how he acquired a biker’s buff at a roadside gas station. Tom concludes Day 10 at his campsite beside the Salton Sea, while discussing a few of the other interactions of the day.
After a day off, Tom is making great time on Day 09. Tom discusses the books that he read in preparation for his walk. One of which entitled, “Bold Spirit” is about the 1896 cross country walk of Helga Estby. After a quick musical break of inspiration, Tom asks if you can guess the top 3 items found on the California roadside?
Days 6 and 7 bring Tom to the Morongo Indian Reservation (well, almost). He discusses his restless first night of camping, the struggle with distracted drivers hurling down the desert roads, as well as how making a Dutch friend in an Irish hostel 16 years ago lead to meeting an Angel in Palm Springs, CA. Click through to listen!
Tom enters the desert while discussing Days 04 and 05 on the trail. He discusses creature comforts and wonders if using a hotel makes him soft while wondering if he’ll find a place to camp tonight. He discusses recording The Pace the Nation Podcast as well as preparing for his upcoming route where he will be going 18 miles without water or food services. The first of many serviceless stretches. Tom finds Sergio’s fruit stand before being motivated over the 100 mile mark by some slow and strong trains. Click through to listen here or subscribe wherever you listen to…