Walk(ed) Across America

Hi folks! On 7/25 I finished my 3410-mile journey across the USA. Had a shaky start, was delayed early with injuries resulting from extreme hydration, but rebounded fine. Took me 205 days to get from Santa Monica, CA to Coney Island, NY. My final stretch included a few adjustments: Gettysburg to Philadelphia to Sandy Hook, NJ where I camped with nudist swingers. Then a Seastreak ferry into Manhattan, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and a dive into the Atlantic without even taking off my floppy hat. A thrilling moment. What started as a me-centric trip quickly turned into a…

Oregon Coast Magazine Article Part I

Big thanks to Oregon Coast Magazine for publishing my 3-part essay on my 2014 thru-hike of the Oregon Coast Trail. The article isn’t available online, and the only place I know it can be purchased is Powell’s City of Books in Portland — so I’m positing it here. Read Part I below, and stay tuned for Parts II & III. Thanks for giving it a look. -tg Do Over: Attempting the Oregon Coast Trail…Again (Part 1) I expanded the telescopic trekking poles, gripped their cork handles, checked my watch, and took my first steps on the grassy single-track. For the first few…

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 21

Ft. Stevens South to the OCT North Trailhead/Columbia River (actual date 6/13/14) I am up at 5:30am and brave the cold rain en route to the public restroom where a young guy I met yesterday, Soren, is shaving. Today is also his final day and he wants to look good for it. I, however, have no such aspirations. We chat for a minute then continue to do so even after I enter a stall with a book. Soren reeks of OFF. I don’t fault him for it – the mosquitoes are relentless here. He tells me he’s a jesuit-educated psych…