That's the idea, at least. I'm walking westward from New York City for nine months or so.
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be in Oregon when the clock runs out.
If nothing goes according to plan, maybe I'll end up in Peru or Mongolia or Pennsylvania.
You can read all about the details of my trip
if you're so inclined.
I understand it may be your birthday today. Happy Birthday.
Congrats on taking the jump to do this. I think it is awesome!
What do you do when it rains or storms? Get in the tent perhaps?
I hope you do well!
Congrats! I think this is great. Having grown up my first half-century in Minnesota, I wish you well (moved to NC). I hope the people back home treat you with the utmost kindness, as we are the “Minnesota Nice” people. I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Grew up in Wabasha, so really appreciated the pic of the Mighty Mississippi. Have a safe and awesome journey. God Bless and Peace.
Hi There, i just want to say this is really cool, i was wondering will you ever make it CA, to be axact SF, if so please let me know, your pictures are beautiful and the article i read was amazing very touching. Best of luck on your trek through the U.S…take care
I’m a Mississippi Girl and I understand the kindness of strangers. I wish you all the best…but do take care of yourself and be safe! Thanks for the beautiful pictures…they allow us to take this magnificient journey with you!
Have fun & God Bless!
Hi! I just read an article about you on my yahoo homepage and just thought I would leave a quick message to tell you that what you are doing is truly amazing! I love your pictures and can’t wait to see more. Congrats on making it this far, and good luck on the rest of your walk! I will be checking this website often! =)
I think this is pretty cool.
When I was 17, a friend and I rode our bikes from Plymouth Mich to the Mackinaw bridge. Not nearly the distance of your trip. But a really neat experience for us. Twenty some years later and I still think about it.
Good luck to you.
I just saw an article about you when I was going to check my email. What a fantastic experience this has to be. You’re only here once, you might as well see what you can and experience it all. I’ll pray for your safety and health during this long journey. Hopefully you find kindness and hospitality along the way.
Enjoy Minnesota! If you can go through Spicer and/or Detroit Lakes!
Love this pic. The upside down effect is great. I sent you an email, hope you got it. I think there is a little wandersut in us all.
I’ll be checking in everyday, so you won’t be able to get rid of me too easily!
If you’ve got extra time, head up to Winona.
Just looked at your map and saw you will be heading up river. You will meet good people at Ed’s bar (3rd and Franklin) that will take good care of you.
What a wonderful journey you are making both physically and emotionally. I hope that you continue to find kindness and support from strangers and meet some really interesting people. Your pictoral journey is fascinating and a nice way for others to experience a little bit of what you see every day. Keep your chin up and dreams true and your wishes will come true! Best of luck and wish you continued success on your journey.
Welcome to Minnesota! I think what you are doing is absolutely wonderful!! Good for you! It’s great to see the kindness and generosity of others as you continue on your journey.
Good luck and be safe!
I have been across country about 4 times and it never gets old…so many new and beautiful things to see! I wish you luck, happiness and continued growth!
Awww. Yay for the birthday boy and his journey! Stay safe my friend. And happy trails. (Also, watch out for ‘Skeeters in Minnesota.)
I just read the story about you on Yahoo and I wanted to wish you luck. Be safe and keep on blogging.
I’m in Minneapolis right now! Good luck! Minnesota is great!
Just saw an article about you on AOL – awesome! I am from NY as well – would love to do something like this, but just don’t “have the guts”! Your pictures are great – it reminds me of the travels I have taken to many places. I hope you enjoy your journey and find what you are looking for – if you are really looking for anything…I say why can’t you just be going on a journey??
I read about you on MSN today. I just finished a book last weekend called The Walk which brought my wanderlust to the forefront. Now that I have read about your adventure, it makes me want to do it all the more. When I was a junior in high school, I read a book called A Walk Across America which planted the tiny seed that contiues to grow inside of me.
I am a 27 year old female though, so I worry about my safety if I were to do something like this. For now, I am going to live vicariously through your website (and cross country road trips)! I hope you have a successful journey across this beautiful country! If you end up passing through Salt Lake City, Utah, you’re welcome to stay at my home. :)
That is such a pretty picture! It’s amazing the beauty you see in the world when you just slow down and actually look at it. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations on your courage to go outside the box! Good luck and a safe journey!
I just wanted to say that you inspire me. What you are doing is a huge feat and it awakens so many desires that I hope to one day accomplish. I love your pictures. I want to become a photographer. Right now I am attending College in Texas to do just that. Though I have just started out I hope to add another checkmark on my “Bucket List” once I am finished and then set forth on so much more. Stop by Texas on your next trip!!
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY!! I think what your doing is awesome, enjoy our wonderful country! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Good luck and God speed.
I just came across your website via yahoo news and I love what you are doing. If you come as far south as San Diego, give me a shout, I’m sure I can rustle up some cupcakes by way of a celebration!
Good Luck Mr. Green!!! I hope you enjoy Minnesota. It’s a beautiful state and you picked a good Spring to walk through. Remember we are known for our kindness (this is unless your stuck in traffic)!! When you get to Western Minnesota in every small town you will find at least one church and one bar, enjoy our simple, Viking loving, state.
If you come by austin, tx shoot me an email. Happy to hook you up with whatever! good luck!
Happy Birthday!! Stay safe and watch out for Big Foot :-)
I just read the Yahoo article, too. Will say a little prayer for you every day. It seems that 99.99% of people are good and kind–your trip should continue to be wonderful.
Your epic journey put life in perspective for me. It’s truly an inspiration. What you’re doing is indeed epic. Epic for your life and no one else can ever take that away. That’s awesome. Good luck and if you walk through St. Paul, Minnesota, we’ll have dinner ready.
Take care, man.
Fantastic trip! May God watch your back and bless your days.
You are an inspiration! I’ll be as nervous as your parents while you are on your walkabout. I’m sure you won’t be walking through Nevada but I’ll be keeping an eye on every person I see walking down a backroad. Good luck to you.
What a wonderful story! May God bless you over and over, and may you bless the people you encounter on your journey. :)
I love the reason… No reason at all.. Just because.
Last year I took a month off of work and traveled across the us.
I visited 21 states in a 18ft camper. I have been to a lot of places in
this world, but my cross country trip by far was the best.
Take it all in because it doesn’t get much better then this…
Freeport NY :)
In life there seems to be two dominant attributes of humanity – Settlers and Pioneers….each being equally important and each complimented by the other…yet, it is the Pioneers, those dreamers and journeymen/women that give a living word to us settlers that a life without wonderment and exploration is a life that may lack complete fulfillment…blessings to you friend…thank you for being that good living word for us all…
Matt! Wow, I just read your story online and had to visit your website…so cool! I live in South Carolina but am originally from Minnesota so I got a big kick out of the fact that you just arrived, today!
If your walk takes you through Northfield, Minnesota, please stop by Calvary Cemetery and say “hello” to my dad for me. He passed away in December of 2000 (Leukemia), and because I was in the Navy (now retired), I just haven’t been able to get back to visit his gravesite except once (when my little brother got married). Anyhow, like I said, you can find him in Calvary Cemetery, he’s buried under a tree (which I’m sure he loves) and his name is Thomas Blackford “Ford”. If he were alive, he would offer you a nice cold beer and play you a song on his guitar or harmonica.
Northfield is the neatest little town, so quant and lots of history such as the great bank robbery in late 1876 which ended some of the careers of the James-Younger Gang, consisting of Jesse and Frank James, Bob, Jim and Cole Younger, Clell Miller, and Charlie Pitts, and Bill Stiles.
If you don’t happen to be going that way…wave in that direction! Be safe and I look forward to following your adventure on line.
What an adventure! I have a friend that road his bike to Argentina from Austin, TX. For the most part people were nice and generous. He had logistical issues from time to time but he worked it out and kept moving. May you have all that you need on your journey! Keep on truckin!
You should have had your cell phone provider sponsor this journey somehow, since your phone seems to be working most everywhere you go! It would have been great exposure for them!
Good luck and all my respect.
be safe this weekend. and keep taking in our great MN landscape
Good Luck! I think this is an awesome adventure you have chosen!
Welcome to Minnesota!
Welcome to Minnesota, from a life-long Minnesotan! And, Happy Birthday!
I don’t know if you’ve read much E. Tolle, but you seem to be the embodiment of living in ‘the now’. Not unlike the Buddha – you are a living saint my friend.
I have a quote that someone shared with me long ago I’d like to share: “If you have no keys, you have no doors. If you have no doors, you’re free.”
Enjoy your freedom. Be well and Namaste.
Just read your story…blessings of safety to you on your journey.
I applaud you for doing this! It must be so freeing. I see that it’s your Birthday – so, Happy Birthday. You are a Gemini! that explains it all. From one gemini to another, stay safe and continue to live life!
New York, NY
Welcome to Minnesota. We’re supposed to be “Minnesota Nice” here – I hope that is your experience!! Stay safe, it’s supposed to be a hot weekend!!
Matt, and to all others that may read this….
My wife and I had the wonderful opportunity to have an adventure very similar to yours last year. We traveled on our motorcycles across the U.S from Southwest to Northeast and Northwest to Southeast. We found places to stay at a free website called couchsurfing.org We met some incredible people along the way and forged friendships that we still have going strong. If and when you get a moment, visit the site, and see if there are places for you to stay at your next destination. Great job in your adventure, and keep strong, you will have lived more life in 9 months than most people do in their entire lifetime.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Welcome to Minnesota! Love what you’re doing and the fresh views you are sharing with us. Seems like you may have missed some recent tornado outbreaks, which would be very cool to see but not up close! Enjoy the Dakotas and the change in landscape. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and keep going!
Just saw this article on Yahoo this morning…Have seen all the posts/pictures/commentary – what an adventure Matt! The site here is good, but would be even better to get updates as you post them. Twitter/FB, or the like being set up??? I’d be willing to bet after today, you will have a nice following;)
Good luck and be safe out there!
You can always subscribe to the RSS feed!
I just read your story on Yahoo! and I am profoundly moved by your epic journey. All great change is achieved one step at a time, and, as it has been said, the trip is the trip, not the destination. Continue to enjoy each day, and thank you for sharing the great pics, so the rest of us can vicariously make the trip with you!
I just read the article about you this morning and forwarded it to my family and friends! I hope you are having a wonderful adventure, the kind most people only dream about. You are very brave to be doing this, especially by yourself. Stay safe and enjoy every minute!
Hello there. I too just read the Yahoo article, and wanted you to know how deeply inspiring this is. I often wish for time to just be very silent – time to hear myself. I love that you went out and did it. Be safe, and if you’re ever in Salt Lake City, you have a couch to crash on!
Matt! This is amazing. Congrats on taking this huge leap. I wish you all the best of luck in your adventure and I hope you continue to meet kindness along the way. Best wishes!!!
Welcome to Minnesota and Happy Birthday. I wish you luck and enjoy your trip.
I saw your story on Yahoo today. You will have lots of stories to tell when you come back, I’m sure!
P.S. That photo is beautiful!
This is AWESOME Matt!!! I think that what your doing is truly amazing and inspirational!! I know there are many things out there that one misses due to always being worried about working and paying this and paying that. I wish I could just drop everything and do what you’re doing. I wish you the best on your trek! And, I’m sure you’ve heard this one before… wish you were walking down south… here in Texas we’re nice too :) !!! God bless!!
I’m a cuban guy that lives in Miami, and I know how walk feels like…..what your doing is Epic my friend. May the world protect you and keep you safe, so you could finish it! Best wishes!!
Amazing journey. Have a fabulous adventure. Stay safe and happy birthday.
What an awesome journey! Enjoy!
As a fellow adventurer I understand your desire to just walk! My husband and I walked the Florida Keys (120 miles) in 2007, then bicycled over 3000 miles before our journey ended. It was brilliant and the people we met along the way far outweighed all the incredible things we saw!
Good luck, stay safe and keep walking!
Priscilla from http://www.littlechanges.com
Hey Matt, just saw you on Yahoo, and you’re heading my way – I live in Tillamook County, about 1/2 an hour south of Rockaway. If you need anything when you get closer give me a shout! I’m also a massage therapist, and wouldn’t mind donating a massage to someone who’s made such a long trip! Stay safe, and enjoy the adventure!
Happy Birthday and wishing you a wonderful safe trip on your walk across the country. Pictures are so Beautiful. Stay Safe…
Good luck with your trip. As a 28 year old Structural Engineer I have had the same feeling of just needing a change. Congradulations with making it happen.
I live in Robbinsdale, MN if you end up walking thru this area let me know.
You are my hero Matt. I ask my self every day “why am I wasting my life working? Why can’t we be happy and JUST live?” Sometimes you just gotta grab life by the horns and just do what you want, and I applaud you for doing just that. Safe travels my friend. I hope you find everything you are looking for.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu
Good luck!!!! You are amazing!!
Wow Matt, what a great adventure you are on. Your pictures are amazing. I look forward to following your journey from here on out. I would love to do what you’re doing. Blessings to you.
Just read your story. Want to wish you a safe journey. Nice hearing about someone living their passion by doing so. Good luck!
I think what you are doing is totally awesome!! You’re here on this Earth a very short time and I think you’re definitely making the most of it. It would be wonderful if you could meet some of the kindest and warm hearted people while taking this journey. May God bless you and be with you on this magnificent journey~be safe:)Also~Hope ur having a very Happy Birthday!!
My sister and I did an across the country trip during one of my “random” whims in 2007…I decided to buy a 1986 Caddy Cimarron off of eBay and drive it home to San Antonio, Texas….did I forget to say the car was located in Mechanicsburg, PA or that along the way we home we had to stop for: new Serpentine Belt, new tires, car wheel alignment, new windshield wipers or that we had to blow the 2 inch gorilla fur headliner out of our faces so we could see to drive the silly car home? We had such a great adventure though!! We stopped at Hershey Park, saw the Rockettes Christmas Show in PA, visited some family in KY, went to Graceland in TN, then went over to AR to dig for diamonds in the State Park there….this trek for home took us like 9 days but it was the adventure of a lifetime! I’m happy and proud that you decided to go on this journey…may you find happiness and peace along your journey as you make memories that will last your lifetime! Wish I were there walking with you!
Welcome to Minnesota! This is a perfect time to see our wonderful state. Have a great birthday. I look forward to following your journey. Best Wishes!
I just ran across your walk on yahoo today. How freeing this must be. Should you continue with even more of a walk and make it into South Carolina, maybe you’ll run across us. Keeping on walkin’…keep on enjoying life. This picture is totally beautiful.
Happy Birthday! Hope your walk today is lovely! Just read about our story on the web and went to check your blog. Very cool and inspiring. We will be praying for you and your journey out here in South Carolina. :)
Happy Birthday! Hope your walk today is lovely! Just read about our story on the web and went to check your blog. Very cool and inspiring. We will be praying for you and your journey from out here in South Carolina. :)
I applaud you for being bold enough to do what others only daydream about. There’s a glorious freedom and yet that risk involved when attempting a trek such as this. I’ve jump started many times to try something as daring as this, only to turn back in doubt a few hours in (though the rush of even trying was good enough for me sometimes:)
I hope everyday brings you an interesting adventure, manageable weather, and another mile for the books! Congrats on your personal success so far and to many more kind strangers along your path!
Happy Birthday to you. Today is also my birthday. I just read your article on Yahoo. How inspiring. It is so true what you said about saving all our lives to only enjoy it at the end. We should all venture out of our comfort zone and see the beautiful country God has given us. Best wishes, be safe & God Bless You!!!
Thank you for reminding me to stop and smell the roses once more. I smiled about how Gloria still finds the good in people. I can relate to that…I’m from Chippewa Falls, WI, and to go even deeper, I’m going to put Tilden, WI on the map. LOL. Living in Southern Maryland currently…I’m just thrilled I could see pics of places I’ve seen myself. Just gives me goosebumps:-) Godspeed!
Just found your website, Matt, and have to say I’m really looking forward to following the rest of your journey.
Back in 2006/2007 I spent 8 months in China, where my friend and I hiked from the westernmost end of the great wall to the easternmost end, a total of 2,400 miles. Although the day to day walking got to be monotonous, the thrill of meeting new people and seeing new things every day never wore off. And, there wasn’t a day that passed–not even in the middle of the desert–when one of us didn’t say, “Man this is hard/awful/sucks, but it sure beats work!” :~)
I miss those simple days of putting one foot in front of the other, and so for the time being, I can at least live vicariously through a fellow wanderer.
Keep on walkin’ the walk, brotha!
I ENVY you Matt! You got guts & you are one of the few that have the courage to just drop the mundane life & pursue what makes you happy! Thank you for sharing your adventures. You inspire people to find what makes each one of us happy……savor each & every scenery you come across & may you continue to find those awesome people that is willing to share what little they have with you without reservations! Happy traveling & here’s to wishing you a successful & safe journey!!! If you ever make it to Sacramento, CA I would be honor to have you camp in my backyard! ^-^
It’s a dream come true, only the people who know the joy of walking into unknown will realize it.
Wishing you a safe journey.
My sons and I were excited to hear about your journey. Last summer we rode our bikes from Maine to Oregon and not a day goes by when we don’t think about it. My boys were 11 and 14 at the time and learned more about our country than most do in a lifetime. I said many times that our country is made up of great people and by going slow, we were able to meet many of them. We also know of the long stretches ahead of you and will be praying for water, kindness and perseverance.
Just read your story – FANTASTIC!
Living in the Rockaways, NY I guess I missed you here before you left.
Hope to see you safely back here soon – perhaps do a North – South trip next!
Just read about you and wish you well!!
Right on Brother,maybe youll see some freedom riders harley bikers wavin and thumbs up to yah along the way.The stars must look so great at night maybe you’ll get a chance to have a small fire under the stars along the way one time .like the cowboys.Iheard it’s awesome under the stars along the country of our great land.
so awesome ,keep on bro.
keep On Walk’n Young Man What A terrific way to share YOUR experience With US KEEP the faith ill be bk to check see how its going !! one beautiful story :)ArmyWf in Columbia SC Wish’n you the best !!
Goodluck on your journey. I hope you find peace, happiness, and the kindness of mankind that is so often lost in todays society. I think it is so great what you are doing. NAMASTA
Just read the Yahoo article about what you’re doing and love your website. What great photos and stories. If only everyone had the guts to do what you’re doing at some point in their lives…I think it would give each of us a greater understanding of ourselves and the great people we share this land with. What a great peek into so many beautiful lives. The kindness and open hearts of the people you’ve met is beautiful….Thank you for sharing your journey with us….
An article on my homepage caught my eye and I read your story. The coolest part is you are travelling today very close to my daily route to work. Isn’t the river beautiful?
Happy Birthday and best wishes for a safe and happy journey.
Wow. What an exciting venture you are on. I agree with another one of your posts. When we take time and slow down you will find the world to be a pretty amazing place. Be safe and take it all in. Oh yeah, happy birthday.
Congrats on taking the leap to do such a cool thing! So neat. Hope your journey is exciting and safe. Take care!
Just learned about you today while cooped up in my room studying for my boards and dreaming of better and easier days… In a way, I can identify with your need to “walk,” feel that way too when so many frustrations come my way..There is that urge to just let go of everything and all of life’s complications and just be with nature and everything that is simple and free! Enjoy yourself…stay safe!
How cool is that?? Just wanted to let you know that what I think you are doing is fantastic! I loved the upside picture you posted either by design or accident. You should write a book complete with pics when your journey if finished. I bet it would be a bestseller. Take care on the rest of you trip…
I really admire what you are doing. Walking is great meditation. If you walk through Los Angeles and need shelter, food, or beer, we will supply it for you. From all the comments it looks like you will have support every step of the way.
Welcome to MN!
Thank you very much for sharing those beautiful pictures that means alot for you and for letting us be in some way part of this journey… Please be safe, i wish you all the best and congratulations for your courage!
Following from Sonora, Mexico
Kudos to you, for escaping the dreariness of cubicle life and doing what most people only dream about: living each day to the fullest, enjoying the great outdoors, and making joyful memories. Godspeed!
I hope you find what your lookin for on your walk. I have only one sugesstion. Get a dog. Preferably a work-dog of some sort, not a little shiteater cockapoo or some crap. A good dog, even an older pup can grow up with you while on your walk. Anyways Have fun!
Welcome to ‘Sota! It’s a great thing your doing, and I’m sure a heck of learning experience. Very Cool. Good luck and enjoy the scenery.
I am so inspired by your journey. I read the article and saw that you stayed in our little town of Milton, Wi. Wish I could have met you. Have a safe journey. I will pray for you often.
Best of luck Mr Walking Guy! You are an inspiration, from the people here in Costa Rica and Sweden!
Just heard about your trek today. I’ve always loved reading about epic hikes, walks, bike rides and the like. No doubt I will enjoy your trip vicariously as well. Would you be open to having someone walk with you for a day? I’m a Minnesotan, living in the Twin Cities, and would love to walk and talk.
By now, you should be sleeping. Just read the article on Yahoo! I’m going to forward it to my twin’s teachers, so they can follow you. This will be a great learning experience for them, seeing the US through your eyes.
I spent a lot of time driving cross country, between Air Force assignments or on leave. I preferred that to flying, because I knew I would miss seeing something. Enjoy your trek! I’ll be checking back often. Be careful and be blessed!
wishing you every kind of goodness out there – and i can totally resonate with the simplicity of your overral message (living things real and learning every step of the way quite literally)! :-)
Haha I was commenting on this blog before it was cool. Just saying.
Way to go…
I read your article at yahoo this morning here in the Philippines and checked your website.CONGRATULATIONS!
Your decision to quit your job to walk accross America and experience the unknown..is COURAGE in itself. True to what others have said…you will meet good people along your journey and real scenarios that will give you life’s insights. These are just few of the things that will inspire you to continue your journey. I always make a point that every 3 months I would take a vacation to visit the different places here in my country. It’s really a great feeling.You will love the nature more, treasure the people you meet, and keep living the moment..
Keep on walking and enjoy every moment of it.
(Love your photos..)
Drop a line when you arrive in California. We are about 45 miles south east of Los Angels. We have a spare room, no bed but it come with five cats and you are welcome to spend the night. My brother-in-law makes a great frittata. Your quest to walk our nation is admirable.
Change the e-mail extension to “net.”
What an amazing journey!! You are such an inspiration to all of us. I know you end in Oregon, but if you come by California my household would be happy to have your as our guest! You are more than welcome in San Luis Obispo CA :)
If you need any replacement gear, just post a message on your site. I have no doubt that anyone reading your blog and who is nearby will resupply you. Best wishes on your awesome journey. Hope that a book will come out of your experiences.
Hi Matt! You are such an inspiration. I was reading a couple of the comments that people have left on your page, and one said that you truly live in the now. I completely agree with them and your journey is going to teach so many people that they really don’t need a lot of the things they think they cannot live without. :) Best of luck to you on your journey and I can only imagine how much you will grow as a person. You are amazing!
I loved the yahoo article about you! I’ve read all the comments left for you here and I just think it’s amazing all the people thinking and sending one young man such good energy and love, all because you had a passion. Thank you for your bravery!
im so proud of you even tho i dont even know you
your courage inspired me to believe in being strong in wat i think and believe, all because of your walk!!!!!!
Hello Mat, I just read your journey on Yahoo! News. You are an inspiration and the photos are beautiful. I feel that you are sharing what you see with us. Thank you for taking this journey and sharing your journey with the world. Sending you peace and love and safe travels. You are amazing!
Just thought I would say Happy Birthday from the West Coast! I live near Lincoln City OR.
I really love this pictures of the reflections in the river.. This is one of those thing that so many people see or just take for granted. I think you see it thru totally different eyes.
My husband is deployed overseas right now and since we have been apart we have both opened our eyes to life and now see what truely is important in life. All those little things that we took for granted so many times, we now long for.
I admire what you are doing. So many people live there lives wondering instead of doing.
Have a wonderful adventure and Safe Traveling!
Best Wishes and God Bless,
Another great shot.
Matt – you are becoming so popular – There are so many comments on this page – I may have to skip it and save for later – I’m still trying to catch up to you! Hope your walk is going well. Best wishes!