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 3000+ miles into the adventure. As of 7/13, I am 12 days from finishing in NYC. Per usual, I’ve made some adjustments to my route. I’ll be in Gettysburg tonight and am beelining from there to Philadelphia. From there I’ll head towards New Jersey (Sandy Hook Recreation Area) where I’ll camp for 2 nights before ferrying into New York City. On the final day of the walk, I will cross the…

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…