Follow Me Across America

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…

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…