Day 72

Lake Wobegon Trail

June 6th, 2010


Minnesota has been the most pedestrian-friendly state by far.


  1. Christopher says:

    Keep Up the Excellent the Journey you taking.I like the sign on the front of your cart.
    Thanks for sharing with us the friendly people along the way.
    I walked 19 miles the other day.Still amazed at how you walk an avg of 20 miles a day.Your an inspiration.

  2. Karen Too says:

    Pedestrian-friendly, yes, but not so much for the horseback rider. Sweet dreams to you, Matt.

  3. Steph says:

    I just found your blog and will be following along from this point on. What a great adventure! Too bad you’re not coming through Oklahoma–we’d be happy to extend a warm welcome for the night.

    Keep on truckin’ man!

  4. audy says:

    Hey Matt, I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia, just read about you on Yahoo News. I have to say that what you did give me strength, in a way, to open my eyes and try to actually live.. I’m praying for your safety, and anytime you decide to walk across the world, probably swim your way through the Pacific, we in Indonesia will try to welcome you in anyway :)

    Keep the spirit dude, you”ll make it

  5. Curtis says:

    And that’s the news from Lake Wobegon. Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.

    • Miranda says:

      LOL, I am actually reading his book as we speak, Curtis. It made me chuckle when I saw this. Keep up the good work Matt! I love checking your site everyday to see what you’re up to. You are single-handedly restoring my faith in humanity!

    • Sue from Newport Beach says:

      Hahahaha. My thoughts exactly Curtis! Love me some Garrison.

      Keep on Keepin on Matt :)

  6. Craig... (Yeah, From NC!) says:

    “News from Lake Wobegon”!

  7. Jeff says:

    Hay – with a good sharpie you could have reconfigured that sign to show the hiker with push cart…but I suspect that is not your style….hmm no horses…must be that uctio – no more left. Did your google maps take you on the trail???

  8. Jeff says:

    Hay I just noticed the billboard in the picture….I am not sure what was cut off..but I have been looking for that all my life….” …. a career you’ll love”.. It is on the Wobegon trail !! Thanks Matt..I owe you a beer brotha !!

    PS…Hope your Mom had a safe flight home….Give her our best.

    • Michael in Atlanta says:

      We’re all getting very hyper-analytical of the pics (probably because they are so interesting). I noted the billboard as well and was disappointed that the actual career is blocked by the tree!

      And can i say I love Garrison Keilor, but when he says “Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” I’m always creeped out a little bit. There. I said it.

  9. Molly says:

    Hey Matt, just checking in to see how your glorious trip is going. I’m loving all the pictures. You are compiling some awesome images. Blessings and keep safe.
    Molly In Maryland

  10. Abby says:

    Great pictures! I see a book in your future…

    And, thanks for the walking inspiration. My friend is walking a half marathon this fall and I told her this morning that I would join her.

    Abby in Michigan

  11. Jay says:

    Yay for Minnesota!

    I love my state, lots of trail here.

  12. Anthony says:

    We also have one of the best hiking trails in the nation – the Superior Hiking Trail!

  13. Rod Norris says:

    And again Matt WTG!! lovin the pics an interviews with all the people you are meeting. More more more!!! All the way with you my friend…

  14. Andrew in VT says:
    Great use for an abandoned rail line.

  15. Linda Connelly says:

    its real? I always thought is was a magical place that Garrison made up, now I have to go there! keep it up matt!

    • Anna says:

      No, it isn’t actually real. Once upon a time, Garrison lived in Freeport, MN and drew his inspiration (now he lives in a very fancy part of St Paul). That said, Minnesotans–and Central Minnesotans especially–realize the show is how most of the US understands us, so we try to embrace it.

  16. Gloria says:

    The Famed Lake Wobegon! I admire you walking! I love to meet people and have spontaneous conversations and hear their stories.You learn an awful lot that way!How blessed for you to meet so many along your way. I’m working on my Passion for story and sharing by interviewing folks who inspire. If you’d so oblige, I’d love to share your story. I just need to learn how to interview: I’ve already got the little MP3 recorder, so I got that going for me, Which is nice :)

  17. Tim in Texas says:

    So what does Minnesota have against horses? Down here in Texas, horses have the right of way. :)

  18. Nicole says:

    Really!?!? No horseback riding, but snowmobiles are okay?

  19. Dennis says:

    Hi Matt,
    Its me again, Dennis. I emailed you a few weeks ago, but you probably don’t remember me. I wanted to thank you and wish you the best of times while on your journey. I read you blog and it makes me feel like I’m part of your journey just from reading your stories and looking at your photos. You are truly inspiring. In college I used to listen to Garrison Keillor from his show, A Prairie Home Companion while on my drive back from a weekend visit with my parents. This photo brought back so many memories. Thank you and I wish you well.
    San Francisco

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