To cross the country on foot has been a dream for a decade now. From where I sit at the moment, gaining shapeless form while working at a desk toward some goals, such a walk seems more fantasy than probable for me. I do make an effort to walk some each day no matter what.
I wonder if a space in my life will open where the planning, logistics, support and financial wherewithal line up before I leave the earth. But if not, every time I learn of others who have even attempted the trek I say Bravo! in spirit.
Today I saw this NYT article, Running Across America, celebrating folks who cross the US on foot in any way (running, walking, crawling). I realized such a walk is the only thing that will return me to social media, whatever app will be the norm by then.
Caution from Ms. Merino, runner featured in the article makes me appreciate how important good planning is:
“She says she will try again, and next time plan her route better, since she’d been surprised by finding that some of the roads on her route were closed.”
The article links to many who have crossed, but left out many names I’ve researched, including four from my small local community.
What about Helga and Clara Estby who walked the journey in 1896, when the US was a mass of forests, swamps, wild animals and people and few roads?
Peace Pilgrim, who crossed the US at least 5 times and more?
If my time should arrive, I would have no design on speed, only endurance. I would want to train the body sufficiently to sustain a certain number of miles a day in general and map out a solid route plan. But as most of the folks say who’ve accomplished the feat, it’s working with your own mind that’s the biggest challenge. Maybe that’s why it appeals to so many. The ultimate mind game.