Day 152

It is complete.

August 25th, 2010



735 Comments

  1. Gigi says:

    Wooohoooo! I’m grinning from ear to ear as I watch the vid. Way to go Matt!

  2. Congrats! That must be a wonderful feeling!

  3. Don in Tennessee says:

    Matt congratulations and – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMYZBVbifh8

    We are so proud of you!

  4. Andrea says:

    Congrats Matt! How are you getting home?

  5. Nancy from Spring, TX says:

    So happy for you Matt, what an incredible journey. Thank you for sharing it with all of us hobos!

  6. Miss M says:

    Long time follower, first time poster. Impossible dream? I think not.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn6pyJynA78&feature=related
    Thank you Mr. Green! Thank you Hobo Planet!

  7. Bev from Vancouver WA says:

    Congrats! Glad family, friends and the Hobo Nation was able to share the journey with you:)

  8. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Wohoo!!! Thanks Matt! That’s awesome. Too bad it’s far away from your actual splash in but it’s still great to see it. What an accomplishment. And all the ‘paparazzi!”

  9. Tna says:

    hehehehe! : D

  10. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Okay I see someone filming it. Local news station? Anyone catch the video where it might be from? News channel?

  11. Jeff says:

    So, I guess you’ll walk back on a different route?

    ;-)

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Hey! What’re you doing up so late young man!?

    • Bev from Vancouver WA says:

      Jeff, I’m sure Matt will share lots of great stories with you when he get back to NYC.

      • Jeff from Joisy says:

        yea I am hoping. Thought it was all over …then I woke up for my walk…and here it is ” it is complete”
        I am actually kind of “out of words”. Yes it is true. I am overjoyed. I feel complete. I am just smiling ear to ear.
        The good lord above shadowed him safely from sea to sea.

        so anyone looking for a fellow “blogger” if you email me you have to tell me how you title yourself here…cause I never got to know you by your full names. I will try and help if I have a email…but I need to contact the other person first.

        Matt..if you read these things – after you rest and relax…know we have enjoyed this, I have enjoyed this.

        as Bev in vancouver says….I have questions, I am bringing questions from others….and I look forward to sharing fellowship and a handshake in thanks.

        Peace fellow beings of Planet Hobo…Dorinda, Michael in Atlanta, Karin, Don, Bev, Deanna, Christine, Saun, Kat (not the iron chef :}), thunderbird Craig, Donna, Barb v…all you Karens out there…Tatiiana, Angelica, ..and ever other person who entered a comment or just read along and viewed the pictures only….I am grateful to have spent this moment in time with you. I have been following since May 27th. Jason – when you created this….for Matt and his friends and family – Is this what you imagined or did this go Viral in ways you never imagined? That is a question I have. I hope I get a answere..cause to me that would make it complete.

        So much for out of words. Peace and Blessings. If our world could only emulate matt’s journey. What a wonderful place it would be………….

        • Barb V from Michigan says:

          Back atchya, Jeff!

          • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

            Aww Jeff, you’re gonna make me cry now! I love all you guys too and will miss this each day. I already miss the new picture posts. Have enjoyed this summer “vacation” time tremendously. Peace to all my fellow travelers too! : ) Smiles!

        • Julie in Cincinnati says:

          You said it perfectly Jeff.

        • Michael in Atlanta says:

          Love and hugs all around, Jeff.

          Matt, you were stupendous, a faithful and true brother who shared good things for six months without complaining. You finished the race you started and ran the whole way with gusto. Now who could ask for more than that? I pray your return to “real life” is easy and that you find companions who need some peace in their lives. You will bring it.

          Now, for this “fantasy life” that you have lived for six months. . . Right hands up, Hobo Nation for the pledge: let each of us be encouraged to live it every day. We will listen, hear, see, smell, and see all the beauty and goodness that is around us and we will treat others as we want to be treated, and we will accept beautiful gifts from children and let them walk along the way with us.

        • Oye! says:

          Jeff,
          Thanks for putting into words what some of us couldn’t.
          Be Well My Hobo Friends.
          As the saying goes,
          Live, Love & Laugh,
          Life’s to Short,
          Dance Naked!

        • Laurenis says:

          Thanks Jeff! I have enjoyed my time here with all of you lovely people!!

        • MT Walt says:

          It was Great Jeff, and what a wonderful it would be. I still we need to all get together sometime maybe in NY as I for one have never been there. I wished I had your e-mail Jeff along with a few other Planet hobl “Bloggers” I would e-mail yos. Anyway its been great and hard to believe it’s over.

        • Jason Eppink says:

          The popularity of the site certainly exceeded our expectations. We both knew it was a great story, but we didn’t expect so many people from around the world to follow along so closely.

          Many of you guys said you saw a part of America in Matt’s walk that you don’t see in the mainstream media. I saw a lot of that here in the comments, too.

          • Gigi says:

            I’m rooting for that book!

            • Gigi says:

              Thank you for creating this site, Jason! I’m still hoping for a book, two in fact. One is a documentation of his trip in Matt’s own words, and the second one, a coffee-table book of his pictures. Crossing my fingers!

          • Jeff from Joisy says:

            ahhh a reply from Jason….So it is complete.
            You coming for pizza with Matt and I? Your welcome to if you want.

          • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

            Thanks Jason!! I appreciate that and thanks to Matt too. If it weren’t for his “itchy feet” and wandering adventure we would never have seen or learned what we did here. I for one am glad I came across this on Yahoo news in May and it’s certainly put some “life” into my life. My psychiatrist was happy yesterday when I saw him and told him what I did with my summer time! So Matt’s blog was good therapy for me as well as others. You and Matt brought so much to me and I give a great big THANK YOU !!!!!

  12. Christine says:

    Absolutely love it! First tears of the evening. Thank You Matt Green. Thank You Hobo Nation.

  13. Saun in Ohio says:

    YEAH it finally loaded in. I posted a comment when it was a black square but its gone now…..
    Good luck Matt thanks for sharing your journey…..

    • Gayle Opie says:

      So did I and now I can’t remember what I said so I can’t repost it. Oh well, it’s been an interesting time since I first started keeping track of Matt several months ago. Don’t know what I’ll do in the mornings now.

  14. Tim says:

    Well done and thank you for sharing!

  15. Nicole MacP says:

    What a trip!!! Thanks for bringing us along!!

  16. Charmaine says:

    Congratulations! Walk well done!
    I have enjoyed your travels across the country, all the pictures of the places and people.
    Thank you for sharing and letting us travel with you.

  17. JonathanW says:

    Congratulations Matt!!

  18. Rachell says:

    That little voice in the background is cute, “Did he get killed?”
    Congrats again on finishing your walk!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      I know. That little kid’s voice and view of it is so cute. No he just made a 3000 mile leap into the Pacific Ocean!

      • Jeff from Joisy says:

        yea ..reminds me of the kid “sorry” video. In this case..is he gonna die… like it is over over…..
        out of the mouth of babes…….hay you Dorinda – have a great day. I have not heard from you recently…!

  19. Courtney Llewellyn says:

    Absolutely awesome finish!! I bet that ocean felt fantastic.

  20. Angela says:

    Congratulations!!!!! Thank you for sharing your journey and I have truly enjoyed following your walk.

  21. Doris says:

    THAT’S MY MATT! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  22. Tna says:

    I am so amazed by your feet. Mine would be bloody bandaged stumps. Your feet are made for walking and that’s just what they do.

  23. Mrs. Hall says:

    WOOO HOOO AGAIN!!!

    And thank you for this blog. it was so awesome!

    thank you for opening up all sorts of ideas, sights, and sounds to your readers.

    I hope you will always stay the speed of 3 miles an hour and take photos along the way!

    CONGRATS MATT!!!

  24. Candice in Alabama says:

    ROFL – That is so funny – woohoo Matt! Congratulations! (I’m having to fix a problem at work from home, waiting on a call from Operations) – I thought I’d check your blog and I saw the “complete” video!

    WOW!! :)

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Boy – And you were able to RUN to that surf – sure seemed like a long trip (on the beach to the water!) – :)

  25. Tina says:

    Congratulations, Matt!!! I’m so happy for you and very proud of you! I tip my hat off to anyone who sets plans and follows through on a journey they feel led to complete. I’m thankful God kept you safe and I know you will never, ever in a lifetime forget this experience…the ups and downs (literally), the sights, the sounds, various cultures, the people, and the time to yourself to clear your mind and enjoy life on a level many will not experience.

    You accomplished your goal is an astonishing timeframe in my opinion. Even though I’m excited that you made it to Rockaway Beach, I’m sad the journey’s over and daily pictures will end. Oh well, I guess my Google Reader count will significantly decrease). :)

    Congratulations again!!! Celebrate!!! Get some rest…and treat yourself to a pedicure and foot massage. You deserve it! :o)

    Have a safe journey home and God bless!
    Tina

  26. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! I have been following your website since day 30, and it has been great seeing all the awesome photos!

  27. Justin from Dallas says:

    Wow you finished early!
    congratulations matt!!!!!!!!

  28. Jamie in Seattle says:

    Congrats!!

  29. Loozrboy says:

    Congratulations! You’ll have quite the story to tell your grandkids. “Yeah yeah Grandpa,” they’ll say, rolling their eyes disdainfully. “You already told us about the time you walked across America. Why didn’t you just take a hover bus? Geez.” Then they’ll go back to their futuristic Game Boys. Damn kids got no respect for their elders, I tell ya.

  30. phyllis in mississippi says:

    i’ve been sitting up watching and waiting for this moment. again i thank you for the “memories”. may your next endevor be just as successful. it’s been fun,. oh and thanks to all of you who have posted. i hope i can go back and read them all!!!!

  31. Mary says:

    Perfect ending no major mishaps, congratulations! I’ll miss this. bye all.

  32. Joel Archer says:

    That is so awesome! Thank you for letting me tag along. Checking in every day to see how you were doing was something I looked forward to very much. I’m going to miss you and your adventures but I wish you the absolute best that life has to offer. Be safe and take care!

  33. MN Roxanne says:

    Matt- you did it!!! You are such an inspiration…. I’m headed out west next week… can’t wait to see some of the same spots in person. I’m driving a car though… but I hope to do some hiking :-) Congratulations again !! Come back to Mn for a visit anytime… you loved our trails… you’re always welcome!

  34. Tom, Stillwater MN says:

    WOW! Great job Matt!! Thanks for taking us along for the journey! I’ll admit I miss checking for your new posts each day.

  35. Karen says:

    Congratulations, Matt!!! Thanks for taking us along on this incredible journey. Am shocked at how quickly you accomplished this.

  36. LaraPenny, CA says:

    AWESOME!!! I’m going to miss you all :0)

  37. Scott says:

    Wow….. gonna miss this site really bad….loved the photos, loved the adventure, loved the people…. loved Matt for doing what I have always dreamed of doing….He touched a lot of peoples souls, though he didnt intent too… he gave each of us a little gift of pleasure, joy, and happiness…. I will miss his daily pictures….I will miss his wit, his humor, his style, and his generous nature….he gave us all something very special…. Matt…. god bless you, have a wonderful life…..and treasure these memories……had a great time with you…….L8R

    • marianne in the Sierras says:

      Couldn’t have said it better, Scott. This was my nightly “lullaby” — a good thought to go to sleep with.

  38. Julie says:

    Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed following your journey over the past few months and it’s been so inspiring! Thank you for sharing it with us =) I’m gonna miss my daily ritual of checking out new pictures from the road!

  39. This is fantastic, Matt. Congratulations! So touching to see your Dad and Erica and her family there. Sherry and I are thirlled for you. It’ has been a joy getting to know you as you marched across the country. We look forward to meeting you one of thsee days. Invite yourself any time. Congrats again, Gael && Sherry

  40. Lyle says:

    Congratulations, Matt!

  41. Amy says:

    Congratulations! I’m so glad you made it even though I will miss catching up with you. Thanks so much for sharing.

  42. jerry's kid says:

    Thank you Matt. Thank you Hobo Planet. It has been great and you all have touched my heart!

  43. JC says:

    Please don’t stop. Now I want to see you paddle a Row boat to Hawaii. LOL

    • Stephen says:

      Thanks for the image link e.
      I think image 76 of 377 of Matt’s silhouette would make a very dramatic, dynamic cover for the forthcoming book. And I think there will definitely be one. My reason for thinking that… I work at a graphic design/ad agency and if you’re going to print umages you need at least a 300 dpi high-resolution file. Yesterday, I checked on Flicker with the link to his Motorola Droid phone/camera… and what do you know…. all his images are 300 dpi resolution. Plus, I believe he has also kept a daily journal of his adventure.
      As a creative advertising writer, I knew he was saving his precious personal thoughts and experiences for a book… his photo comments were really just a tease to set us all up for his personal journal insights… one step at a time.

      Thank you Matt and congratulations of your major life-altering accomplishment.
      I know one thing… that book is gonna be one hell of a read!

  44. Janine says:

    Congrats again, Matt! *hugs* What an accomplishment.

  45. That video brought tears to my eyes…such a well deserved moment, and now matt can sit down and take a break and enjoy life, he takes away with him the knowledge that there is still, kindness, generosity and happiness in this seemingly over chaotic world, and he not only left that knowledge to himself, he gave that gift to each of us…So now each of us can take that knowledge and share it as well. Matt had no agendas with this journey…save one…to walk 3000 miles, but it is the times when we clear the mind to learn nothing that we learn the most….We hobo Nationalists, have watched at the edges of our seats, we have logged on and refreshed daily for the latest updates, and if any of you are remotely like me, you have tracked on google and checked the weather and pleaded with friends who may be nearby to greet him. Who would have ever thought “a walk” would inspire so many and change so many perspectives…Matt may not realize it but he is now a modern icon… and all those people he has passed on the way, the poor, the rich, the beautiful, the realistic…all of them are modern day heroes…I hope that each of us can aspire to such heights. :) It’s been an amazing journey Matt, thank you so much for the thrills, the beauty, the tears and the inspiration….

    Everyone else has shared videos here…..this song to me is the theme song on my computer…I’m not a country fan..but this does it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8FBFLMOrnw

  46. Glenda says:

    Congrats! What dedication … so happy for you. Will now go through Matt Travel withdrawls :)

  47. YAY!!!!!Matt you did it CONGRADULATIONS..But i was wandering how you gonna get back home? just wandering. you gotta write about your experience walking across america. So happy you made it safely there, with such awsome people every where….YAYYYY MATT!!!!!!

  48. Hey matt, didnt you get to Rockaway beach sooner then you thought? great job your amazing matt

  49. Angie says:

    Brilliant! I’m both excited for you and sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed virtual-traveling with you these past few months. God bless!

  50. Anna from Hungary says:

    Congratulations! Hope to hear from you trough a nother crazy/amazing/funny/interesting project soon! :)

  51. Tonia says:

    You are such an inspiration!! I have thoroughly enjoyed your wit & dry humor & loved seeing your pictures! Every night I looked forward to seeing your daily entries… now I don’t know what I am going to do?! ha! Please continue to blog & take pics & comment with your one-liners. You must be thrilled to pieces right about now!! By the way how are you getting home? And then what is next for you?

  52. Wendy in Las Vegas says:

    Matt, You did it! You have accomplished so much on this journey and made so many people smile daily. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing us America the beautiful.
    The very best to you in life and may all your dreams come true.

  53. 1sun goddess says:

    Matt…loaded a photostream of your arrival for all to ENJOY!

  54. Chantal in Vegas says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! This was so exciting to follow. I hope you visit Vegas someday!

  55. Congratulatons Matt! I am speechless. Applause has been given all along your walk…so once again I applaud you. Matt, you are an amazing prson. Your courage is enviable. You have become one of America’s greatest ambassadors! I am proud to have shared this journey with you. PS. Was the water as cold as you thought?

  56. Ryo says:

    Amazing! I’m in awe of your journey. Congratulations!

  57. Wonderful! Congratulations!

    K

  58. Kevin says:

    Great Job Sir, a lot more confidence and determination than i have!

  59. Keith says:

    awesome man, it’s been a blast watching your progress and seeing the country as you’ve crossed it. Inspirational!

  60. John in Redford says:

    SISU! -and then some!

  61. Karen Too says:

    Magnifique. C’est fini.

  62. Brian says:

    Matt, that is awesome! Congrats and thank you for including us on your journey! It has been a pleasure following along. I’m actually going to miss seeing where you are every day. You rock!

  63. Damym says:

    AWESOME!!
    Congratulations, I’ve been following your trip since day 15 and you got me crying when I saw this post a couple of minutes ago…

    And now? How will you go back to NYC?

    Bye from Italy.

    :’)

  64. Ali B says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Can’t believe I came so late to following your travels. It has been great each morning at my desk checking out your photos and although excited for you that you have completed a wonderful adventure, I am a little depressed that it has ended!
    Do bring out a book of your lovely photos – I feel they capture America more than any text can do.

  65. Jeff from Joisy says:

    Bye Bye Hobo Matt Green, Hobo Nation and Hobo Planet.
    New adventures will now begin.
    (and all us cubicle followers will finaly get some work done)

  66. jmb says:

    congrats, matt! i only discovered this blog about half way though but found it fascinating.

  67. Ed in Mich says:

    Congratulations you did it. Thank God some idiot didn’t show up somewhere along your journey and do something stupid to you or your stroller. I’m however skepticle about the fact that you did this just for a sence of accomplishment. This blog and all the publicity in the news has made many people aware of what you have done. I believe a book will follow this grand walk across America and if all profits are donated to a charity or maybe a scholarship fund you will have convinced me this walk was for no personal gain. I did enjoy the pictures and all the links follwers added in the commentary. I would have never believed someone in todays society would leave a place of business unlocked and unattended as you found along the way,
    ( It had a single gas pump out front and is just a simple country store ) I wish you the best, take care.

    • Vickie from Michigan says:

      Honest, trusting people are everywhere. I remember my brother-in-law in the Upper Penisnua of Michigan going into a restaruant, leaving his keys in the ignition of his Jeep, with the top off . . . and shrugging off my concern. I work at a library in a small town where people have taped their library fines to the front door for me to pick up when I open . . .

    • Belle Zora says:

      Books aren’t just about the money. I hope he writes a book to capture the essence of this journey and that he makes lots of profit to finance his life and further road trips. Hope everyone can just let Matt live his life without telling him how it should be done. He’s done a great job so far.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      What, Ed in Mich, can’t anyone just DO something for a sense of accomplishment any more? And just because people want him to publish a book of his adventures and pictures you are going to automatically condemn him and say his walk was for profit if he DOES publish something? That creates a “damned if you do/ damned if you don’t” situation. Matt has PROVEN through his walk that there are still good honest decent people here in America even with all the negative crap thrown at us daily. We here in hobo planet don’t stand for all the negative. We love the positive upbeatness of this site. Smile Ed! You just might like it. : )

  68. Kari says:

    Matt –

    On almost a daily basis I pulled up your site after working a long day at work and your site is uplifting. Encouraging me to dream. It also encouraged me to just get out there and WALK. Thank you for that. Seeing you run into the ocean brought tears to my eyes and I can’t what must have been going through your brain that very moment.

    Take care – Kari

  69. Alice says:

    Congratulations Matt! It has been a pleasure following your journey…… Best of luck to you!

  70. Brenden, Brisbane Australia says:

    Matt,

    Huge congratulations for completing such a huge goal!! I have really enjoyed checking your progress each day.

    I have always had a little voice in my head that wants me to seek out adventure just like your walk across the US. You have inspired me to start planning my own walk.

    Thanks for sharing your adventure.

    Regards,
    Brenden

    Regards

  71. Congrats Matt…I will be back to the site even today…I don’t know if anything will be here…or if all will go black…but no matter I will try and see what you are doing and how you are doing…this was a wonderful thing…and this old guy just loved following you…and will still be interested when you “get back to normal”…whatever that my be…thanks again…

  72. Ria in MD says:

    Congratulations, Matt! I have been following your journey since the end of March. Thank you for the pictures of a daily American life from New York to Oregon. As much as our opinions may differ, we are all alike in nature. Thank you for the adventure!

  73. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Great run in the “ocian”! It’s been a fun & wonderful adventure, Matt! I hope you were able to figure out, at least a little bit, what you’re going to do with your life now. If you start another adventure, I hope it comes to my attention cuz it would be great to virtually live that experience with you again. Take care & God bless you!

  74. Jason says:

    Guess I better get back to work… I got 6 months of crap piled on my desk….

  75. SigNY says:

    Congrats Matt! What an accomplishment! I am sad to see it come to an end but am joyed for you and your accomplishment. It was good to see something good in this country take place with all the nice people, great towns and beautiful scenery. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. God Bless!

  76. Tripp says:

    Congrats, Man. It’s been great seeing pieces of your journey along the way and hearing the stories of all the great people you’ve come across. It speaks to the generosity and good nature of Americans across the country.
    I’m incredibly envious and hope one day I have the courage to take the same leap into an unconventional adventure like yours.

  77. Tracy says:

    My daughter and I watched you run into the Pacific before she left for middle school today. Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure!

  78. Dani from MA says:

    Congratulations!

    I have been following you without comment for a couple of months. I enjoyed the pictures very much!
    Part of me wishes I had been brave enough to try something like this, but honestly, I would have become bored of it.

    Great job! I can’t wait to find out what you do next, please keep us all informed!

  79. [...] walker Matt Green yesterday finished his 3,000-plus mile walk from Rockaway Beach, New York to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. [...]

  80. Ashley in MD says:

    Wooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooo you made it!!!! Congrats Matt!!! You are a hero to many. I am envious of your spontaneity. Keep on keepin on. You rock Matt!!!

  81. Melanie says:

    Made me shed a few tears!!! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  82. Flavia says:

    yeah!!!! how was your dip in the Pacific?? this truly brought tears to my eyes. Like every morning, this was the first site I checked and was so happy to see you run into the Ocean. I hope you found what you were looking for during your journey. I hope one day you’ll share your thoughts with us. You’ve brought so many people together and much happiness as well. You’re a great man Matt Green!!

  83. Shannon in IL says:

    Congrats Matt! I’ll miss following your journey, it was amazing to see part of America this way.

  84. Barb V from Michigan says:

    To all the HoboPlaneteers, this one is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCJAVlESEo

    I’ll miss the camaraderie we shared.

  85. Jim says:

    Congratulations Matt! What an awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Enjoy your brief return trip.

  86. Jenn in OH says:

    Congratulations, Matt – and thank you for sharing your journey with us. So proud of what you’ve accomplished, and so grateful for what you’ve shown us!

    Thank you Hobo Planet for the daily smiles and giggles.

  87. Anonymous says:

    Twitter Trackbacks…

  88. Jesse in Austin says:

    Fantastic! I am share the thoughts of many out there – Congratulations on your accomplishment. May the end of this trip be the beginning of a new journey for you. Thank you for sharing your experience with the rest of us.

  89. Jennie says:

    You are insane and awesome all at the same time! Congratulations on acheiving your goal and being an inspiration for the world! Now, take a week off.

  90. steve says:

    Just another congrats to you Matt. I began following when the first Yahoo story hit and have enjoyed your posts each day (and felt cheated the days you were out of cell range).

    I look forward to reading your book.

  91. marianne in the Sierras says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us. You have renewed my faith in the goodness and generousity of ordinary citizens across the country. In a time where name calling and derisive labels seem all too abundant, you’ve slowed things down for me.

    Whatever life may bring to you, I hope you continue to feel all the good will you have generated in all who you met in person, and all of us on your site. It’s been amazing to follow you, and I will geninuely miss it.

  92. Lois says:

    *STANDING OVATION*

    I hope that you, as well as everyone in Hobo Planet, finds what they are looking for, wherever it may take them.
    As the Old Irish Blessing begins…”May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back…”

  93. Joan in NE says:

    Congratulations Matt… and thank you for sharing. In addition to adding another demension to my summer, I’ve enjoyed you. The engineering part of your mind drawn to the angles and geometry of power lines, railroad tracks and highways going to infinity. The eclectic part of you observing mailboxes and odd signs. The social side sharing a beer and a meal along the way. The willingness to get out of your cubicle to venture out and see new places and meet new people. And your trust in Google to give you directions. Thank you. Good fortune to you and may you find a nitch in life that suits you.

    • katzien in austin says:

      Very nice Joan. I couldn’t agree more.

      • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

        Katzien has been nice being on here reading you posts, lots of luck. Do not get lost in that big old state of Texas

        Thanks

        Raymond Edwards

        • katzien in austin says:

          Thanks. I know I said I was calling it quits, but I guess I’m not quite ready to do that just yet. I feel like I might be missing something, so here I am again! Checking in…looking for tidbits of info. ;-)

  94. Diane from Ohio says:

    I got tears in my eyes watching this video, too. Congratulations, Matt, on the journey, and as everyone else has been saying, thanks for letting the Hobo Nation tag along!

  95. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Congratulations Matt!!!! Thank you so much for letting us take this journey with you. It’s been amazing to see the country through your eyes. You inspire my girls and me and bring us tons of laughs with your humor. I hope one day to talk to you or meet in person. God bless you!

    All my fellow Hobo Nation – Mayor Don, Big Kahuna Jeff, Dorinda, Karin, Doris, Barb V, Jim in AR, Saun, Candice and all of the other posters here – you guys are awesome!! Every day, I come here for inspiration, smiles, laughs and fun. I really hope we don’t lose touch. You guys are great!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Awww. thanks Julie so are you. I love the people on here and the relationships we’ve built. Like family really. We’ll miss all my hobo friends. But email Jeff in Joisy at mattwalkingpool@yahoo.com and get my email from him. We can chat that way if you’d like.

  96. Brian says:

    Congrats Matt!!! This had to have been a real life changing experience in so many ways! I cant even imagine! I wish i had the courage to do the same!!! Thank you for sharing the long trip Im gonna hate to get rid of this site from my favorites list… it has become a habbit to review your photos with my morning coffee!!! any chance you’ll turn around and come back LOL !!! Good luck and God Bless with the rest of your life! “we may never meet again”

  97. Will says:

    Congratulations Matt! I’ve really enjoyed your walk across America! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  98. Heather says:

    We’ve loved following you along in your adventure. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing! :)

  99. Jonathan says:

    Matt – Thank you for your wonderful pictures blogging and sharing the experience – Congrads…

  100. Linda in Michigan says:

    Congratulations!

  101. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience. You’ve been an inspiration.

  102. monicka in CT says:

    Congratulations!!! Ive been following you all summer, and it’s so awesome and inspiring to see you jump into the ocean! I hope you got lots of high fives today. and everyday.

  103. Jamie Gregg says:

    CONGRATULATIONS MATT!!!! It has been quite a journey. I have followed you every day so now I don’t know what I’ll have to look forward to. Hope you will have more trips in the future to share with your many new friends. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with a bunch of strangers (in the begining), who now feel we have a friend in Matt Greene. May God bless you with many new adventures. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for being an special part of my day for the last 5 months. Your friend in SC . J. Gregg

  104. Michelle says:

    Oh my stars…this is so great to see! What an accomplishment. “Unique at its time” as well. ;)

  105. Patrick says:

    BRO! That is so freaking awesome! Great googly mooglies!

  106. Ryan Slauter says:

    Not sure what I’m gonna do every morning at work now. I’ve been following you everyday. Congratulations. What an amazing accomplishment.

  107. Anne H says:

    I love every moment of your trip!
    Thank you for all the hard work that made this possible!

  108. Don in Tennessee says:

    As Mayor of the Hobo Nation/Planet I would like to say the following

    PROCLAMATION-

    Matt Hobo Green, completed his walk across America from Rock Away, NY to RockAway Beach, OR on August 25, 2010. I declare August 25 a National Holiday from this day forward. The holiday will be called the Matt Green Walking Day in honor of his great feat.

    Since the Matt Green Hobo Nation/Planet is so tired from walking with Matt, I declare that all members can take the day off today, August 26, 2010 to celebrate and rest for this year. Shouild your employer have issue with this, please have them call my Walking Czar, Speedy Feat at 1-800-WALKING!.

    As a part of this PROCLAMATION, I would be remise I if did not thank everyone for their contributions to the success of Matt’s walk across America.

    First off to Mom and Dad and other family members thanks for sharing Matt with us and raising a fine caring person, like, next PRESIDENT!
    Second to Jason Eppink who set up the blog and website so we could all “walk along” with Matt.
    Third tp Roger Berg and Gary Hause for helping in the addaption of the Mattmobile-still looked like new in the family photo yesterday.
    Fourth to all of the many people across the great America who opened their hearts and homes and gave us all renewed faith in our country and its people.
    Fifth to the Hobo Nation/Planet-what a group of nice people and now we are all friends.
    Sixth to the higher power above, thanks for permitting Matt to have a safe trip.
    Seventh, if I left anyone out you are included in this group-did not mean to, so your credit is here.

    To all the Hobos I have meet and to Matt Green and all the people mentined above I thank you with this great song-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtGF2m102Wg

    As I drive the church bus today I will think about this whole wonderful adventure and wonder about the statement on the front of the Mattmobile -

    “We may never meet again” and I will add – “but I sure hope we do”

    Matt, thanks for the memories and for how you brought so many people together in harmony. Best of luck in the future!

    This PROCLAMATION signed this 26th dayof August 2010.

    Don M. Watson
    Mayor- Matt Green Hobo Nation/Planet

    Peace and love to all! It has been a pleasure to serve you as Mayor.

  109. DAVE IN WNY says:

    Congratulations! You are an amazing person, and you are truly an inspiration. I am so happy that you made your goal. You showed a side of this country that brings hope. I sit at my desk at work reading this with tears in my eyes. I hope and pray that some day I have enough courage and strength to do something similar to this. I deeply and truly thank you for allowing us to join you on your journey. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  110. Sarah says:

    Awesome job, Matt! I look forward to your experience in a coffee table book. :)

  111. Thomas says:

    Great adventure, Matt. Thanks for letting us all tag along. Congratulations.

  112. Larry says:

    Tears.

    Tears of happiness for you but of bitter sadness for the end of your journey.

    With all the junk going on in the world I found your trip and site to be a welcome respite from that. Now that your trip has come to an end, I will have to find solace elsewhere.

    Congratulations on your trip and its conclusion.

  113. Nicole says:

    I’ve been watching your journey for a long time, since somewhere in Pennsylvania! I honestly have been so excited for everything that’s happened, thank you for letting us all live vicariously through you! I’m going to be so bored now that I won’t be able to check on your progress every day! Congrats on making it to the ocean, what an amazing accomplishment and thanks for showing us all that no matter what the dream there is no reason not to go for it!

  114. [...] walker Matt Green yesterday finished his 3,000-plus mile walk from Rockaway Beach, New York to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. [...]

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK! HOLY COW MAN! I got inundated by cookies! I couldn’t get out of it. Slammed with cookies galore. Not cool. Kept hitting deny, deny, deny, and more and more kept coming up. Unbelievable. Sorry but 100 + cookies on one link is not for me.

      • katzien in austin says:

        AGREED! It’s total crap. Go away dude, you’re screwing up our party.

        • Barb V from Michigan says:

          Yeah, I fell for that, too, mainly out of curiousity. The “name” was certainly not a name, and that little voice inside told me not to click on it, but I ignored it and clicked on it anyway. I just hope there weren’t any viruses & spyware attached to it. I’ll see if my Apple MacPro lives up to its reputation.

  115. Sera says:

    Thank you so much for filling my days for the past months with the beauty that America has to offer. Your run into the water brought tears to my ears. I was so proud of your accomplishment. I know you may not walk another long distance (at least yet) but maybe you wish to share your short treks with the blog.

  116. Andrew says:

    Well done, what a great achievement. What a huge deposit in your memory bank?

    Got any plans for what’s next?

  117. marcus says:

    ok people, nothing more to see hear, let’s move it along, clear the area.

  118. Kelly Allen says:

    Congratulations!!! I have really enjoyed reading your posts and the pictures that went along with. Will miss your adventure (hopefully there are more in store for you)…but this has definitely inspired me to go out and look around more at the world around us. :-)

    Bask in your accomplishment and rest your feet.

    Congrats again!
    KelA

  119. Jan says:

    Well done, Matt! Have enjoyed my daily visit to this blog of your truly unique journey! Safe travels and god speed.

  120. Peter says:

    Now what am I suppose to do at work?? Thank you Matt for sharing your travels with us. Hobo nation thanks for the info and the laughs. Maybe my production will go up a little now!

  121. Megan says:

    I’m so proud of you for finishing what seemed to be such a monumental task! It’s amazing how one person can open up the eyes of so many people. Thank you for giving us entertainment, hope and faith in fellow man again. I hope all your journeys in life are as exciting as this one.

  122. Jesse in Austin says:

    In your honor, I plan on walking to Whole Foods and eating a piece of Tillamook cheese.

  123. Matt,
    By enduring and completing this journey, you have inspired so many of us to accomplish any goals we set for ourselves.
    Thank you for letting me be apart of your life for we may never meet again!
    By knowing you, although through technology, your point is clear.. We gotta stop sometimes and smell the pretty flowers and take the time to appreciate and soak up the scenery. In such a harsh world, this journey has proved there are definitely still good people left and through their kind acts, makes us want to do the same.
    I will remember this journey of yours for the rest of my life!

    VERY HAPPY, PROUD, ELATED, OVERJOYED FOR YOU!!

    Peace and love,
    Michael

  124. Stephen says:

    I had posted this previously, but think it is more timely now than ever….

    There’s a few of us older Matt followers here. So, I’m taking the lead from YouTube Don and narrowing down the final song choice to one that I hope will work for everyone. Thanks for all your bright, lively and informative comments, support and love that you amazing, friendly members of Hobo Nation/Planet have shown… I didn’t know I could love this many people all at one time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cUaO1P2mfo&feature=related

    Stephen in Ottawa, Canada

  125. Greg says:

    Congratulations! I have so enjoyed following your journey. I’m sad it’s over, but extremely happy for you for accomplishing your goal. An adventure for a lifetime…

  126. Alicia says:

    Congrats! You should publish a book of your photos and comments! Reading your posts always brightened my day. Thanks for taking us along on your journey!

  127. Tesla says:

    Matt, it’s been so awesome following this journey with you. You seen such amazing sites and I really appreciate you showing them to us. You are truly and inspirational person and I’m definitely going to miss seeing what new sights you have to share each day!

  128. Brittney says:

    Congratulations !

  129. Daniel in VA says:

    Congratulations Matt. I have been following your progress shortly after your trip began. Wow, what a journey. Thank you for sharing all of the pictures and stories along the way! What will you be doing for an encore?

  130. Justin says:

    Congrats, Matt! That is awesome…….now…what am I gonna do to take up time at work.

  131. Tim H. says:

    congrats and thanks for sharing your walk it was awesome

  132. Jennifer in KY says:

    Congratulations, Matt! Fantastic job!

  133. hks says:

    Congratulations Matt!!!

    Its simply awesome!
    Over the past few months by following you every day I have learned that …
    if you want to connect with others, than you must first connect with yourself and your surroundings.

    I love your incredible infectious unbridled enthusiasm though out this journey and wanted to share a piece of wisdom from another walker from the ancient past that exemplifies who you really are

    The thought manifests as the word,
    The word manifests as the deed,
    The deed develops into habit,
    And habit hardens in character,
    So watch the thought and its ways with care,
    And let it spring from love,
    Born out of concern for all beings…
    As the shadow follows the body,
    As we think, so we become

    - Gautam Buddha (from the Dhammapada)

    and Best of luck in life

  134. deb says:

    Matt is “just runnin’” to the finish line! Woo Hoo!! What a great way to finish your epic walk across America! This has been the most exciting thing to never happen to me! LOL! I’ve loved following along each step of your journey, Matt. I will sorely miss checking on your daily updates, fascinating photos and witty comments from you and the Hobo Nation from my dull office computer. You’ve inspired a lot of people. And things are going to be a lot more lonely around here now that you’ve plunged into the Pacific!

    Thank you so much for taking us along on your journey!
    It’s been fun!

  135. Jessica says:

    Incredible!! Thanks for sharing all of the awesome pictures and videos throughout your trek! It was awesome to keep up with you and get your perspective of the US on foot. You rock! Congrats!! I hope you are treated to a nice pedicure! :)

  136. Candice in Alabama says:

    One thing (big/major/life altering?/wonderful) complete – on to the NEXT! :)

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Candice it has been nice being on here with you. Lots of luck, Thanks Raymond Edwards

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        Thank you Ramond – I plan to go back to the beginning and start reading comments all over again – I’m sure many have been added after I first started “catching up” a few months ago (when Yahoo first brought Matt to my attention).

  137. Boston DJ says:

    Congrats Matt. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with all of us. So….”now what are we going to do”?

  138. karen428 in POPE co. AR says:

    Matt, you are an inspiration to many of us around the world….to finish what we start, to attempt something great and even to just appreciate the little things we see and those we meet along the way. Life is short and we just get one chance to live it—cherish each day and those we love. I’ve loved reading everyone’s posts along this journey and admire Matt for all he has accomplished! We are all so proud of you Matt and I wish you God’s speed for all that you do in life and may God Bless You always!

  139. It’s been amazing following you! Congratulations! Halfway there — When do you turnaround and walk back east? Maybe take the southern route… D’oooh. I’ve loved checking in daily on your progress. I’ll miss your adventures!

  140. Sergio from Brazil says:

    Congratulations!

  141. Cara says:

    Strip and go naked, Strip and go naked…NICELY DONE SPORTO!

  142. Ei says:

    Wow…just wow. Great job, Matt!

  143. Jfer says:

    This makes me giddy for you, Matt. I had the biggest grin on my face as I watched your last steps. I found out about you through a yahoo article, sometime around the 40-60 day mark (I think). I went back and looked through each picture and video entry, and have checked each morning ever since. Can you turn around and walk back now so I’ll still have you as part of my morning routine? ; ) Seriously, though, I know we’ll most likely never meet, but I am proud of you. What a remarkable journey you’ve made and what awesome stories you’ll have to tell your grandchildren one day. Way to go!!!

    • Sarah says:

      I was thinking the same thing…that he should walk back so I have something to look forward to checking every day! Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey!

  144. I have noticed again and I have done it too…we thanked Matt for his stories along the way…what???…I think I put it in my blog yesterday about the end of all this…What Stories???…if you think about it…Matt is a man of few words…at least on his website…so where have we gotten these stories???…

    That my friends is part and only one part of this “mystery” we have been involved in for so long…I don’t know how many words Matt has written on each picture describing it…or where he stayed or the scene he is seeing…they were few…But the “mystery” is…did all of us have the story in our minds???…or was it the iamjustwalkin comments that wrote a story???…just what is that story???…it developed out of all of this…it is conundrum to me…

    I love the mystery of this whole thing…

  145. Rachel in NYC says:

    Hi Matt, Congratulations! I am so, so happy for you! I have been following you since the end of Pennsylvania. You are such an inspiration & I can’t wait to check out the book! All the best.

  146. Melissa - Boise says:

    I have been following your journey and have been anxiously awaiting the finale. You are a huge inspiration to all those who are unsure of how to follow a dream….just start walking…..you’ll reach it one day! Thanks for all the great photos!

  147. I have been following this for months, and am so excited to see you finish! I actually woke up this morning knowing it was your last post!!! All the comments above are all of praise and congratulations!! I agree whole heartedly!!

  148. Dan from Oregon says:

    All I can say is….Congratulations!!!!

  149. Becky from Michigan says:

    Congratulations Matt! Well done! Thanks for taking us along for your adventure…

  150. MT Walt says:

    Yes way to go Matt. Thanks for all of the great Photos and the great time on your journey.

  151. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Is that it? Is that all? No pictures of the reception? Of walking into town? Of the Caboose and the Chamber of Commerce people? Nothing of the arrival? Nothing of the after party? Nothing of the “morning after”? I was hoping for some more about his arrival and all. I know the plunge was supposed to be the finale but I was really hoping for more in between as was his style to do. I will keep checking in and check back anyway. If anyone wants my email send Jeff a shout at the mattwalkingpool@yahoo.com address.

  152. mnbatty says:

    An amazing feat (feet??) I admire your spirit and love for life. Thank you for sharing the walk, and taking the time to share it with us.

  153. Nancy says:

    Congratulations!!! This blog has been a great little distraction from my daily work-day. I’ve enjoyed the pictures, the humor, and the idea of doing something so amazing. Thank you!!!

  154. Ruth says:

    Congratulations!!!! I’ve truly loved watching your daily posts. It almost felt like I was walking with you. So glad you finished way ahead of the nine months. The swim would have been a lot colder…lol. Have a safe journey home.

  155. Lady Rae in Dearborn, Michigan says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. What’s next? How are you getting home?

  156. CP in MI says:

    Congratulations for completing your arduous journey in such a short amount of time. Also, thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of America with us all they were fantastic.

  157. Javin says:

    Congrats on the journey across Matt and I am excited that you made it across, its been a real pleasure too watch your progress and the different sites and people you have seen… thank you for what you have done and shown us

  158. Lizi from BROOKLYN says:

    Way to go, Matt!!! Will anything in your life ever seem impossible after this? I don’t think so… the sky’s the limit for you my friend.
    I can’t even express how inspirational your trip and this hobo nation/ planet are to me. When you get back to Brooklyn, will there be some kind of gathering or public appearance? Hope so. Keep us posted…. A lot of us want to shake your hand and buy you a beer or an ice cream, your choice…. or BOTH!!! :)
    Thank you.

  159. katzien in austin says:

    Ok, at some point I have to call it. It’s been a riot Matt, truly enjoyable. My favorite thing at work everyday was keeping up with your adventures and the hobos’ stories. So, have a great day, have a great flight, have a great life. xoxoxo, kat

  160. Paula in VA says:

    Another tribute for Matt.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/barnzvideoz#p/u/16/plO7zzNR_4I
    My car license plate says C2SHN9C, most don’t get it.
    Matt, thank you for sharing your journey. You have made this world a smaller place, one step, one moment at a time.
    You are in a very spiirtual area, my 3rd great grandmother was american Clatsop Indian, take time to visit beautiful Canon Beach, just North of Rockaway Beach.

  161. Kevin says:

    Wow!
    Now what to do? lol

    Matt, …Congratulations!!!!!!!!! …words can not describe this…. …Way to go!!

    Kevin

  162. BuckyBob says:

    Congratulations ! I could not imagine the feeling that you have at this time. I know that I will miss checking in on you daily and living vicariously through you on this journey…

  163. Chris says:

    MATT!!!! Pack your bags and get ready for the walk back : ) Man, it was so fun watching your progress. I just wish that I was there to see you make the finish line! I’m gonna miss watching your progress for sure. You need to find a way to let everyone know if you write a book, or start another journey we can virtually follow you on again!

    Thanks Matt!

    Chris

  164. blistery Bob says:

    Our Matt,

    Thank you for adding so much to the richness of our lives by taking us along on your journey from coast to coast. I have experienced so much, learned so much and have been surrounded by the warm welcoming community of the HOBO NATION. Your are the powerful catalyst that brought this community together. I hope this does not mark the end of anything…..

    Thank you Matt and Hobo Nation…… life is GOOD.

  165. Darene says:

    Yes, you made it!!!! Such excitement, almost in tears, watching the video!!! I just can’t imagine how you felt.
    Thanks for sharing your trip. It’s like a good book, or movie coming to and end. Now, I guess it’s back to the real life~~~~ha Best wishes, MATT. All the way from Hope, Arkansas

  166. AuntieDi says:

    First time posting……What a wonderful journey. I will miss checking in every morning for your updates. Such an acomplishment of a life time. Please add me to what ever list you will compile from all of your well-wishers. I would like to be included in seeing what comes next for you :)

    Warm wishes and prayers being sent your way.

  167. Peggy says:

    Congrats, Matt! Now, what am I going to do with myself every day? I looked forward to going to your website and looking at all the great pix of your trip. How will you get home now? What’s next on your agenda?

  168. EDL in MN says:

    Congrats. Awesome trip and pics.
    A five month journey by foot. A few hours by plane to return home!
    Makes one think about the efforts during the early civilization process of this geat country from east to west.

  169. Rick in Clovis says:

    Are you thinking of crossing the Pacific Ocean this time? Congratulations Matt and thanks for showing us the hidden beauty of this “GREAT NATION”

  170. Mark says:

    First time posting, though I’ve been following you *every day* since April. Matt, your trip has meant a great deal to me. I knew it as it was unfolding but it really hit home just how much when I watched the video of you completing the journey. I didn’t expect to cry, but, of course, I did. Thanks for sharing with us. It probably sounds cheesy, but I’m seeing the world a bit differently as a result of your walk.

    • katzien in austin says:

      It’s good cheese Mark, good cheese. ;-)

    • Julie in Cincinnati says:

      Some of us were saying a few days ago that we see so many things now that we never would have. We notice more – trees, flowers, kids playing, things that we wouldn’t have taken the time to notice before. Even things like kindness to strangers, or kindness from strangers. Matt’s had a big impact on a lot of us here. May God bless him richly!

  171. Courtney says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey. I loved seeing all your photos and you showing how beautiful our Country really is and the generosity of people. It makes me happy to know there are still some great hearts out there…

  172. Beth says:

    Congratulations, Matt! I am very pleased to see you made it! Do let us know where you end up next.

  173. Kerin says:

    Congratulations! I don’t even know you, but I feel so proud for you. Your trip was inspirational, even if you didn’t mean for it to be. I feel so happy, knowing you’ve reached your destination safely! The video made my morning.

    I’m so happy for you! Cheers!

  174. Valerie says:

    Congratulations, Matt!

    What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! So glad that you made it to your destination, safe and sound.

  175. Trine From Denmark says:

    Hey Matt
    I’ve been following you for some months now, checking in every day to see your photo’s. Congratulations on making it all the way. I am in total awe of you, and of the people who have opened their homes and hearts to you! Should you ever decide to redo the experience in Europe feel free to drop by my house :)

  176. RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

    Matt Congratulations on Juming from one Ocean to the other, this feat has bee started by lot’s

    of people, but somehow, could not find the inner spirit inside of them to TREAD ON and complete

    the journey. I’m proud of you and do not even know you. But one thing I can say you’re an

    AMERICAN and most true Americans finish what they start. After 5 months though I feel as I do

    know you. Good Luck on Future Agenda’s. I do know one thing that if you should ever need

    a reference, you have so many friend’s on this BLOG to prove you alway’s Finish No Matter What.

    Good Luck From

    Raymond Edwards

    1380 Elgin Cochran Road

    Hamilton, Alabama

    35570

  177. Robert says:

    That was really cool to see. Congrats and thanks for taking us along.

  178. Patricia Duaybes -- FLorida says:

    Hello, Matt. I just wanted to say thank you for taking this journey. Your journey proves to me that we live in such a great country. I’ve always wondered what was out there, and now because of you, I know. Again, thank you!

  179. Greg in ND says:

    Congratulations Matt, what an incredible journey!!!

  180. Matt says:

    Congrats! You’ve been an inspiration to us all!

  181. Anna One in CA says:

    Matt, your thought-provoking images of the U.S. will be with me always. My heartfelt congratulations, and, thank you for sharing your incredible journey…

  182. Marianne in Ohio says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have followed your site every day enjoying your adventure. I actually got emotional watching you running to the water. Thank you for sharing your trip with all of us. I don’t know what to do now that your done!

    Maybe you can start a new walk through the south back to New York???

  183. Diane says:

    Way to go Matt!!! I’ve enjoyed this journey with you…almost from the very first day!! I learned about it from Bill Leslie, my favorite local news person. Now, I’ll actually feel a little bit lost without having you to check up on each day.

  184. A big congratulations to you! It was wonderful following your journey, and I am curious to see what you will do next! Thanks for sharing :-)

  185. Steve in WI says:

    I would just like to add my congratulations to you Matt. It sure has been an amazing journey. The pictures of parts of America that I probaly would have never gotten the privelage to see I was able to enjoy thru your journey. THANK YOU MATT… We may never meet again, but I feel like you have become a true freind.

  186. Tania and JT in CA says:

    Hi Matt! My son and I have been following your journey since April. Congrats on your huge accomplishment. My son is 7 and he learned so much from your journey as we followed along here on your blog. He learned how to read the map, a lot about geography and the States you visited. Once a week we’d spend sometime looking up State facts for the state you were visiting. But mostly he learned that it’s okay to take a chance and have an adventure. He’s one of those kids who will think himself out of taking a risk. You helped him in a small way realize that you can’t accomplish anything without taking a bit of risk. In a way we’re sad your journey has ended and are hoping we might be able to follow you on other adventures. Good luck in everything you do!

  187. Darla says:

    Congrats…Its been fun watching you and wishing many times I was doing the same thing. I imagine it is quite the healing thing to do, lots of time to think. I’ve enjoyed your daily play by play, pictures and sense of humor. The best to you and yours. Now, when do you start back the other way? LOL

  188. Cara says:

    Remember all…the spirit of adventure is in all of you…what will YOU do now? Prove it!

    • katzien in austin says:

      So right, Cara. Matt inspired me to start hiking and I drug the hubby along. We had a great time, broke a sweat, and saw Wild Basin Preserve in Austin for the first time. We didn’t see another soul the entire day. Our summer days are a bit deadly, but fall is fast approaching and we’ll be out there again…seeing what we see. Peace, love and happiness to all here!! <3

      • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

        Matt has inspired a Nation, I catch myself walking more when I would usually ride and think about Matt

        walking everywhere. I live about 1/2 mile from business and I have started walking 2 or 3 days a week.

        So whatever Matt does he can rest assured that he has helped a lot of people think more about their

        health.

  189. jared Goodman says:

    so what are you gowing to do with your website now?

  190. Cindy A says:

    Congrats, Matt!!

  191. Noel in Michigan says:

    Great Job Matt, I have enjoyed your adventure through your pictures. I will miss seeing your pictures.

    Now go relax and enjoy yourself. :)

    Thanks again for the wonderful “adventure”

  192. Laci in Texas says:

    I have loved your blog!

    So glad you made it!

    Congrats!

  193. Jennilea says:

    YAY!!!! Sooo happy for you! I have watched your progress from my cubicle the entire time. You’ve inspired me and I am incredibly pleased for you!

    Go rest!

    and, er, what’s next? ;-)

  194. Ike, Eindhoven, Netherlands says:

    Matt,

    Congratulations for completing this adventure.
    I was silently following your stories and pictures and was quite amazed about the hospitality and generosity you encountered.
    And now, I know there is more out there in the US than the obligatory sites a European must see, though Fishkill and Boise are not unknown to me.

    Ciao Ike

  195. katzien in austin says:

    Here’s the hobo gathering site, started by a fellow hobo Deanna.
    http://hobonationunite.blogspot.com/

  196. Omar in Los Angeles says:

    Congratulations!!! have been following your adventure almost since the beginning. It is going to be a long walk back home… ;-)

  197. Kathy says:

    Wow, I’m going to be so sad that I can check in every day!!! Congrats, Matt. What an awesome ride with you through the net. If anything, you may want to consider going into photography! Your pics where amazing with just a camera phone! God bless!

  198. Randy in MN says:

    Well done! Congratulations. It has been a wonderful part of my day to check in on the daily progress and to share your world with you from a distance. Blessings on your next adventure!

  199. Michelle in LA says:

    MANY CONGRATS MATT! I’ve been watching from the sidelines for months with no posts, but just wanted to send you some well wishes! Glad you made there in one piece! Hope to be hearing more from you! You have been a great inspiration to us all. Thank you and God Bless!…

  200. Stephanie says:

    I’m so happy for you Matt!! I’ve been watching this adventure unfold since the beginning. Everyday I would eagerly open the website to see where you were at and the gorgeous pictures along the way. I’m inspired by your courage and faith. Lots of goose bumps & smiles as I watched the video :) Congratulations!

  201. nicole in chicago says:

    an amazing adventure. i’ve been stalking your website from my cubicle and have been enjoying the gorgeous scenery vicariously. congratulations! i’m so sad there is no more american pictorial to be had. i’m hoping you’ll walk back at some point and take a different route.

  202. Donnell Hauck says:

    Wow!! All i can say is that was awesome!! It has been so fun and interesting to read your daily posts on this website! I hope to read about your adventures someday in a book!!

  203. Jessica says:

    Congratulation!

    What am I supposed to do now? — please take another journey!

  204. Karl Morishige says:

    Congratulations from Hawaii! Been following you daily since Minnesota. Planned a trip to Oregon in October and hoped to see you, but you were just too fast. Way to go!

  205. Dixon Harper says:

    Remarkable feat, Matt. I congratulate you and thank you for sharing so much these past few months. Rest and then head for NC and your cousin’s wedding.

  206. Angie says:

    Daily viewer, first time poster: Congratulations Matt!! Loved “tagging along” with you daily this summer…gonna miss your photos and witty comments…they always gave me a much needed chuckle in the daily grind! Hope to see/read more of/about you in another web post of some sort…maybe a different route next time, on a cycle perhaps…or around Europe? My best to you!

  207. Joel B says:

    Congratulations, Matt! I’ll miss reading about your adventures every day. I’ve appreciated the beauty that you have found in unexpected places, and your willingness to share that with the rest of us. I’ve also been grateful for your optimistic view of the world around you. You’ve shared with us so much that is positive about people across the country, and the value in that is beyond measure. Thank you.

  208. Laurenis says:

    Matt, will you go back through these and read them? Or have you had enough for now?
    Is there anyway to keep updated about your happenings? Whether you like it or not, you’ve created this little community and I’m sure we’ll all be wondering how/what/where you are and doing… Again, thank you so much for so many things, from opening our eyes to parts of the U.S, the beauty, and for bringing peace and happiness to this blog- especially around the fact that there are indeed so many wonderful people out there. So often the news is negative and sad about people and violence- nice to know that there are still kind people out this way.

    I hope you rest up, and wow, what a story to tell to the Grandkids someday! You should be proud of yourself….
    and if you can, keep us updated!

    Will miss you, even though we never met…I do hope we’ll meet again.
    Love,
    Laurenis

  209. chett from Ohio says:

    awesome job, ive been following you every single day since your story appeared on the yahoo front page. maybe may i think. ive been selfishly hoping you would walk back home but this time through the south!! loved 98% of your pics and witty comments..loved the “oh, one of those” comments, those were great. heres to another 3000 miles, good job matt

  210. Judy Minter says:

    Matt: Greeting from sunny hot Florida!! Have enjoyed following your travels. Congratulations on finishing the trip!

  211. John in Redford says:

    Ok Green – you’ve had your swim – your pedi/mani – your cheese, ice cream, specialty meats, beer and your soda/pop, a huge hug from Mom and a knuckle busting hand shake from Dad and the kleenex box is empty. Now lets get on the key board and send a word or twenty out to the world wide hoards of shadow walkers. It hasn’t been 24 hours and we are in withdrawl! Where are you????? I want a mailbox picture today darn it! Ok tomarrow will be ok – rest up if you have to!

  212. 1sun goddess says:

    Pics I took of Matts arrival to Rockaway enjoy!- http://www.flickr.com/photos/51870199@N08/

    • Kherri CLT via PDX says:

      Thank you for taking and posting these! And representing Hobo Nation Bloggers (even though you didn’t get a chance to talk to him). I’m jealous you got to be there. ;-)

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      Wonderful pics – Thank YOU 1sun goddess for the link AND for sharing the pics!

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Love the pictures NICE JOB Did you ever tell Matt who you were.

    • Absolutely great pictures…probably others will come…but these a precious for sure…glad you could be there…I, of course was busy with my colonoscopy “prep”…happy days…wish Matt could have picked a better day for me…but I still was able to follow him to the end…wrote a little about it…but Matt will be on my mind for a while…maybe we will see something come out of this yet…

    • LaraPenny, CA says:

      Awesome photos – thank you for posting and for being there, lucky gal…
      I’m going to miss you all!!!

  213. David Chavez in central California says:

    Congrats on your accomplishment!!! I will be watching to see what challenge you pursuit next.

  214. Marie Perry says:

    Congratulations! I’ve so enjoyed following your blog, and I’m going to miss it now that you’ve completed your mission!

  215. Les says:

    Congratulations! I have looked forward to your posts and followed your progress for some time now. I want to thank you for sharing your journey with the rest of us, it has been fun.

  216. Nick in Ohio says:

    Perfect ending to a great adventure. Now I have the weekend to start back from day 1. Congrats Matt and Green family!

  217. Kirk says:

    Congratulations Matt! It was fun to see the people and places along the way.

    Thanks for sharing your journey.

  218. Charles Heming says:

    Congrats Matt! Thanks for letting us all follow along.

  219. Gail D says:

    What an accomplishment! I loved the photographs you shared along the way. May we all learn from your journey!

  220. Cassie says:

    Congratulations! I have enjoyed seeing your pictures everyday. i’m gunna miss this 5 min diversion from my work!

  221. Jeff from PA says:

    Matt

    Please recap your journey! Would love to hear a video blog about everything………..

  222. Reanna G says:

    Congrats!!! What a totally incredible adventure you have had and I am totally jealous of you!!! Thank you so much for sharing. What are you going to do next? Well, what ever it is, I know you’re going to make the most of it.

  223. mike g in NC says:

    Congrats man! I’ve been following your walk since you were in MN. Throughly enjoyed your travels and pictures. One from Montana graces my desktop here at work. Thank you!!!!

  224. Ally says:

    Congratulations! I’m going to miss following your trip but I am so glad you made it safely! Thanks for letting us peek into your adventure.

  225. Dave in TN says:

    Congratulations, Matt. That is quite an accomplishment. I will miss the daily updates and pics of where you were and the interesting things you were seeing on your trek. All the best for your future endeavors. Dave H

  226. Janette says:

    You have one of the nicest smiles I have ever seen. Congratulations! It is an honor to have met you. Thank you. Take care.

  227. Kim in Utah says:

    Congratulations Matt! I’ve been following you since Penn, and I have loved your blog. What an accomplishment.

  228. Melvin says:

    Congratualtions Matt, and in only six months!!! That is awesome!!! I’m going to miss the pictures and the commentary. Thanks for taking us along on your Journey!!!

  229. JEN says:

    YOU DID IT!!!!!!!! CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS!! It’s been so much fun following your journey along with you! What an accomplishment! :)))))

  230. Marie says:

    Way to go Matt, Thanks for taking us all on that great walk with you, Good luck on what you do next,

  231. marlene says:

    Congratulations Matt!!! I’ve also been following you since you since were in Pennsylvania. There has been so many of us that have enjoyed your adventure following along with you. Congratulations again and all the best for the future! Let us know when your next trip will be!

  232. Chris P in Northern VA says:

    Congratulations Matt! I have been a silent follower since I read the article about you in Yahoo. I am a huge fan of the old roads and historic sites off the beaten path, and you gave me some great ideas! (For road trips though – I am not a young man anymore). I hope you keep your web sjte up as it has some great social and historic information. Well Done!

  233. Jen Small says:

    Congratulations, Matt!! You are so amazing!!

  234. Uncel Bill says:

    So very proud of you, Matthew! We love you!

    Uncle Bill

  235. Dj Jones says:

    MATT! COME BACK! Oh my gosh, now what will I do with all my web surfing time?

    A huge congrats to you. I will miss “walking” with you every day.

  236. MN Kirsten says:

    congrats, thanks for the memories…

  237. Rosemarie says:

    Congratulations! Wow. Awesome. Thank you for the trip. Now how does one pass the time. :)

  238. Hannah says:

    Hey Matt! Congrats! I have been following your amazing journey since PA, you’re so awesome!!

    I thought the Hobo Nation might like to see an article Matt’s uncle wrote: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/blogpost/8193270/

    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s conversations and will miss following Matt’s amazing journey, but am glad he made it safely to the finish line :)

  239. Trevor says:

    Congrats Matt. I think you should pull a Forest and turn around and do it all over again. Was amazing to see all sights. GOOD JOB.

  240. Jeremy says:

    Hey Matt – i’ve enjoyed every picture, every post. Looking forward to you walking across Europe! -jeremy w

  241. Peacenik in Oregon says:

    It is complete, but it will never be done…

  242. Eric in Texas says:

    Matt,
    Congratulations! And thanks for bringing so many of us along on your journey. For the past six months I’ve been looking forward to your stories and pictures. I was impressed time and again not just but what you saw, but the people you encountered along the way. Have a safe trip home… wherever that may be now.

  243. Jennifer says:

    So how is he gonna get home?! Fly? I know I would after all of that walking!! But im glad he completed it!! Gooo Matt

  244. CP in MI says:

    Anyone have a link to the Matt Green facebook page that Bill Leslie mentioned?

  245. Heather says:

    Matt,
    You did it! I have enjoyed sharing your adventure and pictures along the way. You did something that 99% of people would never dare to do, you traveled by faith. What an amazing person you are! Thank you for taking the risk, for dedicating your time to your website, and for sharing this incredible experience. May God bless you, always!

  246. Mike Helms says:

    Massive congratulations.

  247. Donna says:

    I watched the video early this morning and was grinning from ear to ear as I cheered for you, Matt. I am glad that you had a safe journey and I thank you for sharing it with us.

  248. Georgia says:

    Congratulations, Matt! It’s been a pleasure to follow your journey.

  249. Steve says:

    Thanks for sharing your incredible journey!!

  250. e says:

    no wrap up?

  251. Joel from CA says:

    It was sheer joy to see you run to the Pacific Ocean! I feel like the kid who wanted to run out with you! What a great ending to a memorable journey! Thank you for sharing your incredible adventure with the rest of us!

  252. Dave from MA says:

    Nice! I especially liked seeing the people that took you in for the night. Random people trusting you, feeding you, and helping you made the trip for me – probably the difference between checking your site daily (which I did) and checking it weekly.

    Now I have to find another website to keep an eye on every day when I need a break from work …

  253. paul in tx says:

    i know he reached the end … but i keep coming back here hoping for more updates :)
    thanks for sharing your journey matt!

  254. ******WATCH THIS CLIP ****** says:

    Matt should make one more post to wrap things up. It should be this clip below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVZobzVJrSo

  255. ZC in MN says:

    Congratulations! I don’t know what we’ll do now that we won’t be following you daily. We’ll miss you, Matt. And look forward to more journeys. You’ve inspired us to explore the world around us at a slower pace! I’m sure this website will remain in our favorites for a long time.

  256. Barry Butrymowicz says:

    Matt,

    Congrats on making it, been following ever since day one, never left a comment, but would check in at least every other day to see the new pictures. You have seen America like many few others have. The pictures of the great mailboxes and funny signs along the way. We have seen much of the back roads of America also as our interest is in the sport of Geocaching it brings you to some of the greatest spots in this country. If you have a GPS you should check it out. Geocaching.com

    Hope the trip back is easier

    Barry and Valarie Butrymowicz

  257. Doris says:

    Matt,

    Well, I guess this is the end of being able to follow you each day. I sure have enjoyed it. And I know you are

    glad that it’s over and done. Man, do you ever have a story to tell for the rest of your life.

    I sure wish I could have been to greet you at the finish line. If I had been there, I would have carried your

    container down to the beach and I would have ran into the water with you. I’ll never forget you and I hope you

    never forget me and Baxter. Speaking of Baxter, he said, “Arf Arf, Woof Arf” He said you will know what that

    means

    Enjoy and cherish the rest of your life and I guess I’ll see you in the funny papers. Bye and good luck

    Love ya, Doris

  258. kheavner says:

    Matt,

    Thanks again for bringing all of us along on your journey; showing us the beautiful people, places and things of our beautiful country. May we never forget just how blessed we are. You’ll have to let us know if you decide to do more treks. You’ve inspired many to do things they have always dreamed of. Thank you to all who posted so many neat comments and links and for keeping it light and friendly. I have so enjoyed logging on and relaxing. Take Care Matt, I’m going to miss you!

  259. Don in Tennessee says:

    Dang it! 338 comments since I left this morning. Do you guys think I am as smart as a 5th grader or something-Give the Mayor a break-

    All day I have thought about this tek of matt’s ending and al I could think of was –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaPYcsv14Q0

    • Lori in Ohio says:

      Good one Don. I’ve come back a couple of times today hoping for just one more picture.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      trek, Matts and all- looks like I am not as good a speller as a 5 grader!

    • Julie in Cincinnati says:

      Don! You’re back! I’ve been checking in on & off all night waiting for some of the regulars. Finally I see a few of you have come back. Woo hoo!!! And that song – you should have given us a “Kleenex warning”. Love the song!! So appropriate. How was the bus trip today?

      • Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

        Hi Julie, I just wanted to tell you that I think that you are one of the nicest posters on this board. Always a kind word for someone. I was not only thinking about Matt last night, but about the special individuals that stand out in my mind on here. You were one of them. Have a nice day!

        • Julie in Cincinnati says:

          Thanks Lisa! Did you give Jeff your email address so you can keep in touch with all of us? He’s already sent out a “group” email to everyone who gave him an email address. Many of us plan to keep in touch. Join us! The more the merrier!!

        • Julie in Cincinnati says:

          By the way, where is Goldsboro? I have friends in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.

          • Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

            Sorry for getting back so late, had errands to run. Goldsboro is about 100 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean in NC. We are about 50 miles to the east of Raleigh NC. I didn’t get in on the e-mail thing in the beginning. Didn’t know just how much I was going to get attached to everyone, so I kinda just stayed on the sidelines. I am not sure how to join at this point ’cause I think Jeff has closed the web address out. But thank you anyway. I will be checking back on the site later…….

            • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

              Jeff still has it open. It is: mattwalkingpool@yahoo.com Give him an email now if you can. He will be on vacation for a week but said he would get the list when he gets back. Said he has a long list to go through. We will be in touch soon! Hang in there.

  260. Don in Tennessee says:

    and now 3 more comments!

  261. Ann says:

    Wow! What a great accomplishment!

    Thanks for giving us something special :)

  262. Katie J says:

    Congratulations, Matt! What an accomplishment…you should be so proud.
    It’s been an absolute joy following along with you on your journey. Thank you for sharing it with us. For showing us hidden treasures in small towns across the country. And mostly for introducing us to the people you met along the way. It’s been such a fun adventure!

  263. Reise says:

    Congratulations Matt…When I first came across this site.. I was like.. I give him 3 weeks.. tops.. boy was I wrong

  264. sandy repke says:

    wow! i watched the video an was just thrilled to see you “run” in that brrr cold water in celebration. we have had so much fun following you since you were here in mn. i will be looking for the news of your book “I’m Just Walkin”.. our congrats to you, i can’t wait to hear what you have planned next.. sandy an russell

  265. Eleanor says:

    Congrats! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us! I’ve loved tagging along!

  266. Terry and Janice from Missoula, Mt says:

    Congratulations Matt – Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure, also thank you to everyone who supported Matt along the way and here on the blog. Best wishes to you all.

  267. Dad of Ben & Ian says:

    Just saw this article in the paper today:

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20100826_Japanese__planet__walker_rests_up_in_Philly.html

    Up for another challenge, Matt?

  268. Linda says:

    MAzel Tov, Matt. I am so happy you finally arrived at your destination. I was so happy to be along for the ride in spirit.

    HUGS AND KISSES

  269. Steph and Aaron says:

    We’ve been lurking most of the journey. Just wanted to say congratulations and thanks for the amazing adventure that we got to experience through you, Matt.

  270. Bill from NJ says:

    Congratulations!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences!
    I found out about your journey several weeks ago and I have been fascinated by it since. And since then, my 11 year old son asks me every few days “Did that guy make it across America yet?”.
    Well, you’ve made it and then some.
    Hopefully you have inspired him to think about the adventure and not just about the destination.

    Good luck to you and your family in the future!

  271. Rachael from Tulsa, OK says:

    Huge congrats, Matt! What an awesome, inspiring accomplishment! I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the book! Thanks for bringing us along!

  272. Amy says:

    Congratulations!!!! Awesome journey and thank you for sharing it!!

  273. Ames from HellsKitchen says:

    Congratulations! I’ve loved following your blog. What an amazing journey. I hope there will be a book in your future. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

  274. Don from Perth, WA, Australia says:

    Matt, I am in awe. Congratulations and well done. Thanks for sharing this with us and I look forward to your next adventure.

  275. Linda from San Diego says:

    Congrats Matt! Thank you for sharing your journey and adventure with us. What a spectacular accomplishment!

  276. Wayne from Fl. says:

    Congratulations Matt, Thanks for the journey!

  277. Barbara says:

    Here is another nice video to take a look at. Enjoy. Matt congratulations. Thank you for the wonderful journey!
    http://www.usatoday.com/video/index.htm?bctid=595436338001#/News/Video+Essay%3A+The+man+that+walked+across+America/42804638001/40264770001/595436338001

  278. Nina says:

    YAY!!!! Congratulations Matt it was a joy following your journey!!! (:

  279. Matthew from Chicago says:

    Matt…this is my first comment but I’ve been following you every day for months. Thank you for the inspiration and for letting us all join you as you made your journey. It seems like you had the experience of a lifetime…I don’t know why, but I got choked up as I saw you run into the ocean.

    You may want to watch the Ken Burns documentary Horatio’s Journey…the story of the first man to travel cross-country in an automobile at the turn of the century, and who did it all for a $50 bet.

    Thanks again, and good luck with your next adventure…

  280. Mynique Morrison says:

    Congrats!! On accomplishing your voyage…I am sure it’s a wonderful feeling to accomplish what you set out to do. I have a goal of my own i’m working on..Not like yours at all, but one I hope to have a feeling of accomplishment from in a few months..How wonderful for you and the life experiences you had along the way must have been unforgettable. My best to you in the future. I will miss checking this sight for updates on you..lol. Best Wishes!
    Mynique

  281. curtis b says:

    congrats congrats congrats!
    you deserve all the love that has been received, you have filled our hearts and minds with such a positive outlook on our country that is so easily forgotten.

    you are a remarkable man.

  282. Nancy in Mt. Lassen area CA. says:

    Congratulations. Thanks for taking us along with you and for sharing your experiences with all those good people along the way. I think everyone needs to be reminded of the good that is still out there and in us. You truly did an amazing thing and I’m sure you learned things on this journey that you will draw strength from in your lifetime.
    It was so awesome to see your smile as you ran to the ocean! What a moment. God bless!

  283. Pete says:

    nice… ive been watching the entire way. i bet that was a pretty good feeling jumping into the water… im going to miss checking every day to look at the new pictures haha.. but congratulations

  284. Francisco in Orange County, CA says:

    AMAZING!!! I’m so happy for you Matt!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!! I’ll miss checking in, take care and Congratulations!

  285. Anna London says:

    Congratulations Matt! Thanks for showing us lovely scenery, interesting “whatever that is” and that people still let a stranger stay the night. Well done and good luck for the future.

  286. Doug says:

    Hey Matt,
    I have followed your travels on this site for a while now, I’m glad to see you made it safe. Congrats best of luck. Thanks for sharing your journey with us I got a lot of laughs from your pics and comments.
    Doug

  287. Chad in MI says:

    Is anybody else finding themselves continuing to come here each morning, knowing that “it is complete”? It’s going to take a while to break the habit! I just keep hoping they’ll be another post of some kind from Matt. Hopefully he’ll share a summation of his thoughts after completing his epic journey. God Bless Matt and the Hobo Nation!

  288. Saun in Ohio says:

    Your not the only one Chad…… Still hoping for some more pics

  289. Marie says:

    Congrats Matt! I loved following you and will miss logging on every morning to see where you are. All the best!

  290. George says:

    Congrats Matt! Thanks for the ride!

  291. Miss M says:

    What I Did On My Summer Vacation

    I travelled across America, vicariously. I learned wonderful things about people, places, thnigs and animals. I learned that I need a longer summer.

  292. G. Midwesterson says:

    Congratulations, Matt! Now swim across the ocian! :)

  293. Abby in Indiana says:

    Congratulations, Matt! So happy for you and I’m sad to see it end! I don’t know how I’m going to survive in my little beige cubicle without your blog!!! :)

  294. Jen says:

    Congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed traveling with you along the way through your pictures. What an amazing journey for you. Way to go!

  295. Carol in Georgia says:

    Woo hooo!! Way to go Matt. That is great. I have really enjoyed checking in every day to watch your journey and see the places you’ve been and the folks you’ve met. I’ll miss you and the journey. Again, congratulations. So, now that the journey’s over have you decided what you’ll do next?

  296. Lacy says:

    Congratulations Matt!!! Best of luck in your future endeavours.

  297. Cheryl in MN says:

    Congratulations Matt! Been following since you were in LaCrosse, WI, just after I saw the AP item on you…you came through our way shortly after. You must be ecstatic…and your parents must be very relieved (and proud)! Best wishes on your next venture!

  298. Okay…I have decided to come back from time to time and check too…but to take your mind off “no pictures” again…how about a “Colonoscopy”…yes, that’s what I did…and wrote about it too…www.jre1.wordpress.com …this may take your mind off no pictures for a while like it did me…

    But I will be back for more…maybe some will be here…maybe not…thanks Matt…for everything…

  299. cactus bob says:

    Congratulations Matt. I’ve been faithfully following your trip and Ireally happy and proud for you! You should be commened for following you heart and fullfilling an adventure that most people only dream about, but never take the initial step to start! A lot of people have been inspired by your adventure. I don’t know what your next steps will be, but Iwish you happiness and success at whatever you do!

  300. Linda says:

    Thanks, Barbara, for the ap footage of Matt jumping into the pacific. WOW Matt I have to say what a remarkable journey it’s been. I hope you’ll write a book about your experience. I’m sure you have tons of stories to tell.

    It just restores a lot of faith in the goodness that is out there (all you hear on the news is the bad stuff that happens in the world, your journey is a great reminder of all the good, caring people that inhabit this great country of ours

    big hugs

  301. Flavia says:

    i keep coming back in the hopes Matt will post one more picture. :-( but at least people keep posting, which keeps me coming back. Thanks again Matt for sharing your walk! And thanks to all the people who have posted during Matt’s journey, it’s been a great adventure!

  302. RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

    Matt while you’re flying back take picture and post or this one will be so long you will read forever. Just joking but it would be nice, if you did post some while you are high and pressurized. Maybe even shoot one or two above where you were walking. Its been great but as you see we have nothing to blog about unless you work with us and let us down slowly, we are what you say ADDICTED TO MATT GREEN”S BLOG. Does anyone else aggree if not then just look around.

  303. John in Redford says:

    All right then – I’ll take the heat or perhaps no one cares about my opinion BUT…. Matt, you’ve got to share a moment with the folks who supported and became quite caught up in your wonderful trek. Even if it is only a few words pending a longer statement after yoiu have had sufficient time to rest and catch up on family and personal needs. Even a word from those who have had your ear from the past six months would be appreciated. Lastly, a picture of a mailbox would be neat :)!

  304. Ellie in Texas says:

    Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your journey….it has been wonderful! Best of luck on your next chapter in life!

  305. Birthday Bill says:

    Congrats Matt – hoping you much success on your next travels

  306. Stephen says:

    Great adventure, i followed it everyday while working.

  307. Michelle says:

    Tears and Cheers for you Matt! Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!!
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  308. Katie says:

    My grandaughter and I say “yippie kiy yea”. You did it Matt. I viewed your photos and comments every morning and I am going to miss you. My grandaughter wants me to walk across America with her. She thinks you are a great man.

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      You grandaughter is very smart. Matt is also very brave to do a trip like this by himself.

      Most people who do things of this nature, have someone following them in a vehicle.

  309. Sal Salerno says:

    Awesome man. I’ve been coming to the site watching your progress almost daily for a few months now. I enjoyed the simple pleasures you took throughout your journey.

    Next time, stop through Pittsburgh, I’ll have a place for you to sleep, shower and eat for the night. My wife and I will make some great food for you!

    So are you walking back home now? LOL.

  310. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    What a traffic jam! I was gone all day long yesterday trying to buy a new mini van and this place has become very congested with congrats for Matt. Which is exactly what should be. But there’s lots of “traffic” to go through to read everything. Wow.
    I just wanted ya’ll to know I didn’t drop off the planet(he he) I was just running around all day yesterday. Yes, I keep hoping to for some follow up pictures. I know the video is the end and all but would be nice for some follow up pictures.
    Glad the planet is still hanging on. We need a less congested space to see everyone though. Not sure how to do that but I will still keep checking in here. Don’t worry if I don’t post as quickly I’m still here. : )

    • Julie in Cincinnati says:

      Hi Dorinda! I was wondering about you. I got on here several times last night looking for some of the long-time posters (like you). Glad to hear from you!!

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        Thanks. I’m still here I’ve just been busy trying to work out financing to buy a vehicle. Did you know that ones credit score could go down to zero?? I didn’t. I’ve had problems in these last few years but never thought it would bottom out. I find it funny and am laughing because I didn’t know it could do that. So I feel like a 16 year old teenager again just starting out trying to buy her first car. Weeee!!!! I’m young again. NOT. ha ha. It will work out. Not in any hurry. Took time to break it will take time to fix it.
        So, cheer me up hobo planet because all the real world stuff can get you down. That’s what I loved about this. Everyday something new. And peoples comments are the comic relief we all need. So have no fear, Dorinda is here. Just lost in this darn traffic jam! Anybody got some good tunes to jam to while waiting for this traffic to clear? Maybe we need to pick a Photo day and go back and continue there? Like finding an alternate route around the traffic so we can zoom along easier.

  311. charles says:

    wow. congrats and cheers and God bless you’s! thanks for all the pics, memories and comments for all us stay-at-homes.

  312. Bud McDermott says:

    Congratulations Matt! Nicely done. I have followed your journey since Warren, OH and have saved my favorite pics as my screen saver. By any chance might you be walking back via another (southern) route?? LOL! Again nicely congrats and well done. I look forward to when my boys are grown and we/I can attempt the same thing.

    Bud.

  313. Sue says:

    Congrats Matt!
    Thanks for taking us on your journey.

  314. Tina says:

    Congratulations! I truly enjoyed taking this trip with you; experiencing it through your pictures and posts. I will miss logging on everyday to check out your progress. Good luck from here on out!

  315. TooL says:

    Congratulations!! Thanks for taking me along!

  316. Don in Tennessee says:

    It is killing me’ I just can’t live without this-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr4kbVNB5rk

    What am i going to do? Honey, please bring me some more Prozac.

  317. Don in Tennessee says:

    Where is everyone? I am – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbT5W4O0tZY

  318. Julie says:

    WTG Matt!!!!! Congrats on your journey….I will miss following you!!!!

  319. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    It’s gonna be ok Don :) (I think)! Some of us are still lurking here from time to time. Not much to see anymore. *sniff sniff* I guess this is the end of my summer trip.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Lisa

      Hope we can keep in touch. I have enjoyed your comments and friendship. Best of luck in whatever you do in the future.

      God Bless

      Don

  320. Zimmer says:

    Oddly enough, I am rather depressed. I wish you happy travels…and the best of luck! You really must stop at voodoo http://voodoodoughnut.com/locations.php for me!!! I hope you let us know what your next step is!

  321. Ron in Calif says:

    Congrats on the completion of your adventure! You did what many talk about but nobody actually does!

  322. Chrissy Cleveland Hts, OH says:

    Im Not normally one to beg but….. MATT WILL YOU PLEASE POST SOMETHING … ANYTHING!!! LOL I think you have spoiled a lot of us with your pictures pretty much everyday!! and the fact that you didnt really take a break in the last month or so has not helped!! LOL Anywho.. I am sad that your journey has ended, but happy that you have accomplished your goal and way ahead of time I might add!!

    I was thinking it would be pretty cool if you took a car back to New York and stopped at some of your favorite places on the way that you didnt get to spend enough time in….Wishful thinking I know!!

    Thank you for the last 152 days, it was really Sweet!
    Blessings to you and yours,
    Chrissy from OH – HI – OOOOOOOO!! ha!

  323. Don in Tennessee says:

    OK-You made me do it!!!!!

    PLEASE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfyFI-4ZsaE

    • Saun in Ohio says:

      Good one Don, School has started back up so back to work I go. Haven’t been able to check in as much. I guess that’s a good thing. I won’t have much time to miss all the pics and posts to busy. I still check in at least once a day. Take Care I always enjoy your post….. :)

  324. Don in Tennessee says:

    Do you know the way I feel?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us9vHI2zRoE

  325. Linda McLellan says:

    Congrats. Like many others, I will miss your rambling and ramblings.

  326. Terry from NJ says:

    I keep coming back to check for more photos, and to read the posts. It did hit me that these are the photos that Matt took with the Droid, but he did have another camera with him, so hopefully those get posted at some point.

  327. Ryan from PA says:

    Is there anyone else doing a trip like this with daily updates so I can follow them now that Matt is done with his epic journey??

  328. John in Redford says:

    O K – THE TIME HAS COME! YOUR MON AND DAD WILL UNDERSTAND, HONEST! S P E A K T O U S. HOLY COW, PEOPLE ARE BLEEDING AND ALL THEY WANT IS A SIMPLE FEW WORDS SO THAT THEY CAN NUKE THEIR PC AND GO OUT, SPURE ON THE ECONOMY, BUY A NEW DELL OR IPOD AND FIND A NEW BLOG TO HELP MAINTAIN THEIR EQUILIBRIUM IN THIS CRAZY WORLD. IT’S GETTING UGLY – READ BETWEEN THE LINES AND SHOW US YOUR BUNIONS – PLEASE.

  329. Don in Tennessee says:

    All over the world there is a hush – due to sadness of no more Matt photos -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gatIk3z9a7Y

  330. John in Redford says:

    I believe that my son told me that to type in caps is to be screaming in oral communication !?

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      John-

      I have heard that but I use it to draw attention not to be screaming. If I was going to scream I would just say scream. I guess I am not hip on this one.

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      All caps is considered as SHOUTING (or can be used for emphasis/draw attention).

      Some people have limited mobility – so it’s easier for them to not to have to capitlaize words grammatically – so they use all caps for everything.

      I guess you were meaning to SHOUT?

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Candice In Alabama

        How are your eyes doiong? I hope better. Take care of yourself and stay in touch.

        Don

        • Candice in Alabama says:

          Don,

          My vision varies from day to day.

          Until I get over this ACUTE eye problem, I won’t waste my time and money on getting a new glasses prescription.

          Hope you and all the rest of the Hobo Nation are well!

          Withdrawal is easy for me – except for checking back in occasionally.

          I’m so proud of Matt and am sending him best wishes and sending him many thanks for the inspiration and entertainment.

          Best wishes to ALL!

          Candice in Alabama

      • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

        Candice let’s not get on the caps again,you know me and you can see caps better than small, who

        cares if it shows that someone may be shouting. JUST KIDDING……………………………………………..

        Have a fine weekend Best of Luck in Everything,, Raymond Edwards

  331. Jaime says:

    I’m going through withdraw symptoms now that the trip is over. Isn’t there anyone else walking somewhere we can follow along with :)

    • Alisa 11 says:

      Me too Jaime. I keep coming back, hoping there might be something more. Or maybe some comments from Matt. But I’m sure he’s just recuperating and enjoying spending time with his family. But I’ll keep coming back each day and hope to see something.

  332. Kevin says:

    I’m sure Matt is just ,..resting up, …or working on a book deal (he should! …do both ;)

  333. Tna says:

    I’m walking Jaime, but I just went to the store….and I stopped walking for a while to make something to eat but I’ll ‘prolly walk some more later. ; )

  334. Beck says:

    Woo hoo that is so awesome thanks for sharing your journey with us. I will miss my visits to your site to see your progress. God Bless!!

  335. Beck says:

    Maybe you could walk north to south now? You can stay with us if you come to Texas.

  336. Jamie says:

    Congratulations Matt!!! I was so happy when I saw this video. :D

  337. Don in Tennessee says:

    Matt –

    Don’t make us be this way tonight!!! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9w9qGQixw

  338. Don in Tennessee says:

    This is a beautiful song by a talented singer –

    Listen to the words – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkM_O27tSVM

  339. brian says:

    Congrats. A true accomplishment and inspiration.

  340. brian says:

    And if you decide to continue south through san diego, I can promise good burritos and scotch.

  341. Tim Stevens says:

    Matt,

    Congratulations! This is, I’m sure, an adventure that will be with you for the rest of your life. I applaud you for doing the walk and I thank you for letting us all tag along! My recently deceased father made it a point to visit every county in the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) during his lifetime. He completed his journeys twenty five years ago. Over the course of the next 25 years it became nothing but more important to him and a source of great pride for him. I suspect that the same will hold true for you, and it should! Well done lad.

  342. Anna One in CA says:

    WTC — Absolutely perfect! And funny! LOL…

  343. Colin in Sconi says:

    Absolutely a great journey…thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    What a fitting ending too…a run into the ocean.

    Congratulations Matt!! Hope to see some kind of coffee-table book with your collection of photographs!

  344. Chris in Wisconsin says:

    You made it!! Awesome. But now what am I going to read every morning while eating breakfast?? You need to walk back to the Atlantic now.

  345. flavia says:

    it’s sad to see the map with the red line in the upper right hand corner is no longer there.

  346. Beth from Maine says:

    I’m sad that I wasn’t here on the day that it happened to read this… BUT Matt, you made it! WOW!!! What’s next?? We’ve all enjoyed your journey and the photos to go along with it. This blog has been a pleasant view and I will be sad to not be able to read it anymore.. but all good things must come to an end. It’s great to see the end result and I am so happy that you stuck with it for 152 days.. that’s amazing and something to be proud of :) KUDOS!
    -Beth

  347. Congratulations Matt! We’ve so enjoyed watching your progress and will miss your daily updates. What now? Rockaway Beach, Oregon to Miami Beach? You’d get there just in time for Spring Break. Cheers!

  348. Jim from illinois says:

    Congrats, Thanks for sharing your journey ! It was great to follow your progress.

  349. Lori in Ohio says:

    What a void I feel here

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Feels like something is not right, and you cannot put your finger or mind to it. Funny thing but a lot of people feel this

      way since it’s all over……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

      Until we meet again in hobo land. Raymond””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””’

  350. mari says:

    Matt, I loved following your walk via my laptop here in Iran. Thanks for confirming the existence of goodness and the good things in the world. Hope this was just a beginning and not an end of your walks.

  351. Terry in NJ says:

    There’s a Rockaway Beach in California, and a Rockaway Beach in Missouri, KEEP THE WALK GOING!

  352. Congratulations, Matt. A true inspiration for us all.

    PM-Boston, MA

  353. John in Redford says:

    Did anyone actually see Matt return from his Pacific dip? I recall that someone suggested that He swim to Japan?
    Isn’t it logical to assume that someone would have suggested that a brief statement be prepared for the press or media types who keyed on the human interest element of his 3100 mile walk. Enough mental wanderings! This site was created by Jason Eppink so I Googled his name and found some interesting reading?!?

  354. John in Redford says:

    Raymond – just trying a little humor to pass the time – I’m very sure Matt returned from the surf BUT… Like many posters I’m just trying to figure out where he went when he got dried off? Seriously I believe there might have been a family wedding this weekend???????

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      For the last 2 or 3 weekends he has had a habit of getting lost. All up until then he would post on weekends but he has his sweetheart close by I do believe, but that’s only my opinion. Thanks John until next blog that comes along. Raymond

  355. J.Macias says:

    CONGRATS MATT!!!! I so happy you finished your journey!!!!!!!!!

  356. John in Redford says:

    Holy Triptik Batman what if Matt’s plan didn’t work and he is in Peru, Mongolia or Pennsylvania. The Riddler must be at the bottom of this ploy to confuse the bloging world. Where is Alfred when you need him?

  357. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Okay, wow. It’s 4:30pm here and I FINALLY reached to bottom again since Thursday. Re-reading through it all to see what was new and who is still hanging out. I know I will keep checking in until this site is taken off the net. So if there are any hobo-nites out there please respond. I will check and hope to chat.

  358. Lori in Ohio says:

    Wow, it got empty out here. It’s like looking into the parking lot after the county fair is done for the year. There used to be noise, commotion, energy,excitement, now it is silent, vast and still…

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Oh I know what you mean Lori. I love the fair and I know when they are over it’s so empty. I think that the traffic jam on here is pretty much over and if we keep coming on here at the bottom there will be space for us to chat a little longer. Glad you’re still here checking things out. I know I’ll keep hanging around until the fair comes back again! lol.

      • Lori in Ohio says:

        Come on down next week to the Canfield fair. Its smaller than state fair but not by much. Now that they kids are grown I dont go cause we spent a lot of years there with 4-h projects.Im sitting here eating my dinner thinking about setting up a farm cam or something

        • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

          Oh how would you do that? And would it be of the cows looking at you the way they did with Matt? lol. Where exactly is Canfield? Which direction in relation to Columbus? Sounds like a good idea but need transportation first, which I’ve been working on getting. What days are the fair?

        • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

          I looked up the Canfield fair as I have a link to all the Ohio county fairs and you are so close to me! A little over an hour which is nothing to meet a fellow hobo follower. How cool. Who else would be interested in meeting up at the Canfield fair? It is near Youngstown Ohio and runs Labor day weekend. Wouldn’t that be something if some of us could do this?

          • Lori in Ohio says:

            Wouldn’t that be a great way for all of us Ohio and N.E Pa hobo followers to get together. There is a common meeting area known as the rock there. I’m just about an hour from there. Sorry no cow cam could do a view from a horse, goat or a chicken

            • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

              So you’re an hour away from the Canfield fair? I’m sorry I assumed when you said Canfield that that is where you live. Why go that far then? Help me understand what you mean. thanks.

              • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

                What I meant was why would you go that far then if you’re an hour away from the fair? Or is it you’re an hour away from downtown Youngstown? I only used Youngstown as the nearest big city that people may know. Okay, I’ll be quiet now until I hear back from you Lori before I dig myself deeper. lol.

  359. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    Dorinda, I got your message from up top…..I sent Jeff e-mail address, thanks a bunch. Talk with you guys later on the other side. Have a great weekend.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Thanks Lisa and you’re welcome. It may take Jeff a week or two to get to everyone but he’s been such a trooper and helper through all of this I really do appreciate all his time, hard work and effort. Matt finished up just in time for Jeff to go off on vacation. Wonder if those two had it timed this way? hmmmm…. he he he.

      • Doris says:

        I know Jason will not take this site down until Matt makes his last statement. I’m giving him time to get home to rest and talk to friends & family. I think after all that is said and done, Matt will write an article up and post it here for us all to see. If I was a betting person, I would say it will be before the end of next week. I’m sure he won’t leave us hanging.

        • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

          You really truly believe that Matt is going to make a final, follow up story ending out this trip here? Would be nice if he did that. Would complete his blog site with a final end to the start of his story letting everyone know he made it and what it was like. I think we are all just waiting and wanting for that to happen.

  360. Brandon from California says:

    I miss those daily pics that Matt post everyday. I feel so empty iniside when I realizing the walks is over.

    • Doris says:

      I know what you mean Brandon. I kept his site open 24/7. And I sure do miss the pictures and everyone’s comments.

  361. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    I haven’t had a withdrawal like this since I gave up ???????????? so long, long. long ago. Matt, thank you so very much for allowing us to live vicariously through this so important step in your journey of life. May you have inspired many of us to get up, get moving and likewise enjoy our own journey. May your God, spirit, ???? move you in ever more wondrous experiences of this thing I know as “the gift of life.”

    Walk on my friend. For there are so many roads still waiting for your sweet footsteps and friends you have yet to meet.

    “What a long strange trip it’s been.” The Greatful Dead

    Your friend here in Phoenix, AZ ( a former Long Island boy)

    • Jo from New Orleans says:

      Yes. A weird withdrawal. I agree with you Mike in Phoenix…. A really big weird withdrawal. I find myself wondering this week if Matt has decided to walk back home to New York… had he become addicted to this as much as we have???

  362. Jennie G from Ottawa, Canada says:

    Hey Matt, congrats on achieving your goal!

    So what now?

  363. I just wanted you guys to know that I started a blog for any and all of the Hobo Planet to participate in, if you’d like. I’m going to try to post most every day…so chime in anytime. :) Click my name above and it should take you there….or else, you can click here:

    http://hobonationunite.blogspot.com/

    I’m going through withdrawals from all of you!! :)

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Thanks deanna. I have gone to your site and checked it out. Have read some of the comments just haven’t commented myself. I keep checking here as this is where we all met. Hoping to still find some of us regulars lurking in the shadows waiting still. ha ha.

  364. Jo from New Orleans says:

    Matt, congratulations on an epic journey we’ve been following for months. You’ve inspired many to attempt great things… for the sheer joy of it! Thank you! We can’t wait to buy your book and see the movie documenting your marvelous journey!

  365. Amazing how so many southerners have followed this guy from “up north” with such enthusiasm–even though you didn’t make it over the Mason-Dixon, we have enjoyed your journey..safe travels home, friend.

  366. charlie says:

    Where is Don in TN (the honorable mayor of this hobo-nation) when ya need him? hey Don, did you see this post? Terry in NJ says: August 28, 2010 at 3:12 am There’s a Rockaway Beach in California, and a Rockaway Beach in Missouri, KEEP THE WALK GOING! it’s only 2100 miles to MO and then 1200 back to NY!!!

    let’s rally Matt and get him on the road again! (betcha you could find a song about that!)

  367. Melinda, PA says:

    THANK YOU for the experience of traveling coast to coast !

  368. Mindy Curtis says:

    Congrats! What a fulfilling accomplishment. Very inspiring to the rest of us. Thanks for the journey! I’ve enjoyed following you.

  369. Delores says:

    Congrats! Way to to go. Thank you for sharing your travels.

  370. Monkey King says:

    Gratz, dude…..

  371. DD in Nevada says:

    I stumbled on this adventure while trying to find out how long it would take to walk to Colorado. Then of course, I had to go back and read each day to catch up, been following along since then.

    You made amazing time !!!!!

    Congratulations on your success, treasure all the people & places you saw along the way.

  372. e says:

    wtf……. no wrap up? an opportunity missed

  373. ed robinson says:

    Thanks Matt! We may never meet again. However, one can only hope! Take Care…Eddie

    You’ll Never Walk Alone

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark

    At the end of the storm
    Is a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk alone

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark

    At the end of the storm
    Is a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk

    You’ll never walk
    You’ll never walk alone.

    You’ll Never Walk Alone
    R. Rogers/O. Hammerstein II

  374. John in Redford says:

    From my little corner, Matt never seemed to express the need for notoriaty, status or recognition. But as the Blog grew and as each step brought him more shadow walkers he may have become concerned about those very issues. I’m not trying to psych him but Matt never really spoke to the Blog in 3100 miles. Miniscule excerpts along with his descriptive one liners for his pics was the bulk of his communication. This was Matt’s trip planned and carried out for Matt by Matt with no stated goal other than that he was just walkin.
    But, yes, I’m disapointed that he didn’t take a brief moment to say thanks to the many who followed (without an invitation) his daily grind. That’s not a condemnation, because in truth, Matt doesn’t owe us or anyone any explanation. I do respect this guy who could have kept his trek private and secret but didn’t and yet it was his trek start to finish – thanks or no thanks. However, I will watch the movie when and if it is produced.

  375. Deb from CT says:

    video made me tear up a little . . . i’m a stranger to Matt but have followed the whole journey faithfully and found that it has enriched my life tremendously. PLEASE turn around and walk back . . . a more southerly route so you see different sites!! totally selfish on my part . . . i will miss the photos and fascinating observations. plus there must be hundreds of awesome mailboxes you haven’t seen yet!!! i’ll miss you!

  376. tom says:

    I got to see Matt’s final lap at the rotaway beach finish line. Wish I could have talked to him but the yocals who put together the little FEED for Matt were consuming his time. Their should be story on matt come this wednesday 9/2 on the headlight herald website from tillamook.

  377. Sarah from Mt. Dora, FL says:

    Congratulations Matt! We’ve been checking out your pictures everyday. What will we do now??? Hope you enjoyed yourself and thanks for showing us the backwoods of America. We truly enjoyed it!! If you’re ever planning to walk to the south, we’ll be waiting : ) We’ll miss you!

  378. Kevin from NC says:

    Congratulations Matt!!! You showed us a wonderful America.

  379. Shannon says:

    I am feeling an overwhelming sense of withdrawal as well! I wonder what is next on Matt’s agenda? I can’t wait to find out!

  380. Lost in Cleveland says:

    Congratulations Matt. I watched you with delight and a little envy. You did what some of us dream of doing but have neither the heart or will to act on that dream. I wish you all the best.

  381. Miranda says:

    Congratulations on finishing a wonderful journey! I’ve been following your journey from my often boring climate controlled cubicle sometimes jealous of your freedom and sometimes glad to not be out in the rain and gloom. I admire your determination and thank you for letting us all take part in it as well. This country is so big and there is so much to see and yet so many people never take the time or the effort to go out there and explore it. I hope your trip has inspired others to do just that.

    I wish you the best of luck in all you do from here on out!

  382. Renee says:

    Congratulations on finishing your journey across our wonderful United States. Thank you for your daily updates of friends that you met along the way and the pictures of your journey. I will miss visiting your site as it was my daily retreat from life here in Williamsburg, VA. Best wishes in your next adventure!

  383. o.vasudevan says:

    Congratulations on an awesome trip. we enjoyed following your journey from faraway India . Best wishes!

  384. Shar says:

    Well done – Congratulations!!!!!

  385. Michael Dodds says:

    Congratulations! You’ve found more spirit about America than anyone else! Coming back through Canada next year? My family is very proud of you and your accomplishment. Maybe we will find you in NYC some day.

  386. e says:

    yeah- why the fuss- is a “cuss” ? Anyway good show- abrupt ending

  387. Felicidades desde España. Hemos seguido tu viaje con gran interés e ilusión. Mi más sincera enhorabuena!!!!

    Congratulations from Spain!. We have follow your journey with great expectation!!!

    Regards!
    Paco.

  388. dawn says:

    congrats Matt!! so proud of you

  389. RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

    When will the POST end. It’s over as bad as I hate to say Matt has closed this chapter of his life and moved on to another.

  390. JAMES FROM NY says:

    Congratulations Matt!! I have been checking in on you daily since your site was featured in Yahoo in June. Its been an amazing journey, and I am somewhat envious. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with myself now that I dont have your daily updates to escape to at work. How about you walk to San Antonio now?! You need to publish a book on this. Best wishes in wherever your path takes you next.

    James from Fishkill, NY

  391. Ashwin says:

    hey, I’m not even from America, but I must say your journey has been truly inspiring. Congrats!

  392. Jonathan says:

    Congratulations Matt! thanks for sharing this incredible journey with all of us.

  393. Norwood says:

    LAST !!!! BITCHES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Everybody go home. The show is over.

  394. Francis says:

    Matt
    Awesome journey. I thought about such trips when I was a kid. Now I think I know better. Ha
    I love your openness about your faith or lack of it.
    I have been reading some of the writings of one of your ancient ancestors. Moses
    Either he was a blooming idiot or delusional or both. Or truthful?
    I see creation everywhere I look. And you saw it every step you took.
    Someone put together or created everything you saw and enjoyed.
    I don’t want to believe. I want to do what I want to do.
    But, for me, at my age, I think I’ll just keep looking up and ask for mercy. And I need a load of it
    too.
    Francis

  395. Dale Wickum says:

    Congratulations Matt! I think you might be the king of the Nine-Milers!

  396. Jessamyn says:

    Congrats, Matt. I hope that water felt good. You are truly special and I feel privileged to be your friend.

  397. Emily from Atlanta says:

    Congrats Matt! It’s been a joy to read your blog every day and travel along with you. I love this grand finale video – it’s amazing!

  398. charlie says:

    I wrote matt back on august 16: to think that you estimated appx. nine months to do the walk and will be finishing it in appx five, are you at all surprised? astonished? did you ever project where you would be walking or was the reliance on the walking map system given to chance/fate and wherever it told you to walk is the route you took?

    He responded today, august 31:
    I was definitely surprised I was able to move as fast as I did. I just followed Google directions, but I did look ahead a bit to make sure it wasn’t telling me something crazy.

    …………i can’t even begin to imagine the thousands of emails he has received!

  399. Norwood says:

    uhhh…HELLO ……I think I called LAST!!!!!!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Oh Norwood you poor thing. You can call last all you want but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be last. : ) Keep on walkin’ Norwood.

      • Norwood says:

        That’s the problem with the internet, no etiquette anymore. What about the unwritten rules? Do I have to write them so everyone can see them? I am going back to work….

  400. Jason in Arkansas says:

    congrats, thanks for sharing your journey. the end video is great.

  401. Dee*in*SD says:

    Amazing Trip! Going to miss viewing all of the pictures to pass the day. Glad you made it safely across the US. :o)

  402. abby from cali. & Destiny says:

    we’re so glad to see you made it. thank you for letting us come along on your walk. thank you for all the wonderful pictures.

  403. Heather says:

    Matt, congratulations. It’s been great to follow your journey online and to see what a community of friendly folks has grown around your posts.

  404. James says:

    Just wanted to say congrats on your accomplishment. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and watching your journey. I’ve been fortunate to read not only your post, but some of the post of the people who have followed you day to day and you have inspired more people than you know to continue to have faith in “man” in this beautiful country we live in. I wish you much success in whatever you do and that you continue to touch people. God Bless!!

  405. RickCO says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been lurking for months and enjoying every picture. Thank you so much for all that you shared.

  406. jawalives says:

    congrats, now walk it back.

  407. Brandon from California says:

    No no this is last.

  408. Norwood says:

    OK you Brandon. You win, you can have last.

  409. Karen says:

    MAZOL TOV!

  410. Norwood says:

    uhhh, Karen….Brandon had last. ok? And why did you bring up the subject of mazol tov coctails? do you condone such terroristic activities?

  411. Paul says:

    Great job did it it no time lol did you lose any weight?

  412. Norwood says:

    final last

  413. Kristina Bell says:

    WOW!! HOW AMAZING! My boss and I have enjoyed watching your progress! What wonderful stories you will have for the rest of your life!!!!!!!

  414. Norwood says:

    I give up

  415. Jim Davidson says:

    Matt, thanks for what you’ve had to say about America while on your journey. Thanks, too, for the beautiful photographic record! Your deed was an incredible thing to watch unfold. When you write your book, and I assume you will, I’ll be one of the first in line to purchase it.

    Your indomitable spirit makes this grandfather proud to be an American!

    Jim

  416. Tom in Alabama says:

    I last checked in on you just as you were approaching the Rockies…. I see you made it… hallelujia! What a wonderful What a wonderful accomplishment… congratulations!

  417. Dave from 4-Oaks says:

    Ever so often, I check back to see if there are any updates or announcements regarding a book or tour or something. Just saying so, because I suspect others “stop by” from time to time as well. I didn’t post much during the journey, but looked in daily.

    Best of luck to you, Matt, you sure provided a lot of energy here while it lasted.

  418. KarenToo says:

    Happy Anniversary, Matt. :-)

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