EP 06 – What Would Helga Do?

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, “Cold 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?

EP 05 – Keep Chopping Wood

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!

EP 04 – Good Food, Good Shoes, and Motivational Trains

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…

We Are All of Us

Since February 27th I’ve been doing a daily art project. I set out on a walk, a different route each day, and take portraits of people I encounter along the way. We chat a bit, I ask a couple (difficult) questions, then I upload the photo and a paraphrased quote onto my website. I basically took the Humans of New York model and applied it locally. I firmly believe, however, that the outcome here is quite different since we are dealing with an intimate population of 20,000 versus New York’s 8.4 million. There’s less room for anonymity in this cozy…