Hi folks! I am in the midst of a walk across the entire USA. Had a shaky start, was delayed with injuries resulting from extreme hydration, but I’m now nearly 1500 miles into the adventure. In fact, I am days away from the half-way mark! I type this on May 17 while in a laundromat in Texarkana, AR. Super stoked to have Texas behind me! And heads up – I’m altering my original route! Now, instead of heading towards the northeast from Little Rock, I’ll stay south. Planning to cross the Mississippi River at Helena, AR, then head due east…
Days 55-57. Tom approaches a daunting part of the trail and asks the road for guidance. Tom talks about meeting up with his sister Kim and her husband Chris at their SCA event called Estrella War in Queen Creek, AZ. After the event, Tom gets to spend some time with his nephews and explains the origin of their nickname for him, “Uncle Yogi”.
Days 53-54. We meet the bantering bicyclists Tom (age 71) and Dennis (age 77) at The Crosscut Canal. Tom learns a lesson about generosity from Lion the Rastafarian. Tom Wishes David farewell as he leaves Mesa, AZ. Tom meets up with his Sister Kim and her Husband Chris to join them for WAR. Tom is listening to some tunes on the trail and discusses his music choices.
Days 49-52. Tom meets some excited locals in Wickenburg, AZ before being mistaken as a “shopping cart guy” by Anthony and his dog ‘Troubles’, the ambassador of the park. Later on Tom recalls when a truck played chicken with him. Tom meets Chad while hiking a Canal Trail that brings him into Phoenix, AZ, thus concluding Chapter 1 of his journey.
Days 46-48. Tom preps dinner and chats about his day. He wonders about the possibility of coyotes running off with his shoes (thanks Kent!). Tom wakes up scratchy and has a middle of the night chat with us to try and distract himself. We hear about Leo with the cane, the $20 donation from an unlikely source, and the stories of two other ‘crosser’ cyclists (Bart from Holland & Abby from Alaska) that crossed paths with Tom. Lastly we hear about Tom’s encounter with a dangerous ‘bush’ snake.
Days 43-45. Tom is back on the trail! He’s getting used to walking with Little Buddy and discusses the pros and cons of walking with his new cart. Tom’s girlfriend Katie gives him a Valentine’s Day assignment. Tom discusses the importance of human interaction and solitude before writing (and singing) a new song.
Days 28-32. Tom arrives home in North Carolina to recover. He discusses PT’s, the VA, MRI’s, as well as the anxiety of being back home so soon after leaving. Lastly, Tom shares a story about being asked if he has his red potato. Editors Note – Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom’s story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.
Days 25-27. As Tom hits the trail again after his short break in Phoenix, he is getting used to the advantages and challenges of walking with ‘Little Buddy’. Tom crosses into Arizona but still is having foot pain as he debates heading home to fully recover before heading back to the trail. Editors Note – Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom’s story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.
Keep Walking? Stay in Blythe? Recover in Phoenix, AZ? or perhaps back home? Tom considers his options before taking a test walk to see how his foot is feeling. Also, Tom shares an audio recording he received from an old friend. Editors Note – Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom’s story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.
Days 16-21 bring Tom from Blythe, CA to Katie’s father’s house in Phoenix, AZ so that Tom can begin recovery on his busted up foot. Tom accomplishes some chores, tries a few different recovery techniques, and picks up a “little buddy” to help him along the way.