Day 101

Montana vs. Verizon

July 5th, 2010

From here on out, I'll probably walk through some big areas without cell coverage. I may not be able to post to the blog for several days (or possibly more) at a time. So don't worry if you don't see anything new for a while; it doesn't mean anything bad has happened to me. The red line on my progress map, which is updated from my GPS beacon, should continue to get a little longer each day, whether or not I have cell service.


  1. Angelica says:

    Good luck dude! I think I read somewhere in the comments that there’s 80 miles between road signs and 150 miles between towns in parts of Montana, or something. Stay safe out there.

  2. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    i am sure that I speak for all the others posting here on your blog that your daily postings will be greatly missed. I know your God, spirit, or what ever your beliefs will continue to comfort, protect and guide you as you walk on.

    Wishing you peace, good weather, friendly people and awe in all the wonders of the “Big Sky” state.

  3. Jeff says:

    Us worry … Naaaaaaaaa We just will have to go through Matt Withdrawl. Group therapy starts at 10:00 be there or be square.

    THis is one of the better shots. The composition is great and it goes great with your commentary…Well in case it happens, no cell service, be sure to press the OK button for your mom…and those of us out here in Hobo Nation will keep checking for the next picture/post. But I warn you … you will end up with a page with a 100 posts if we got a week with nothing.

    Peace… travels while you head behind the moon, catch you on the other side….

    • Julie says:

      EEEK Matt withddrawl is right!!!! OK, so Jeff if he can get a call into you…..better keep us posted ;-)

  4. katzien in austin says:

    Well thanks for the heads-up about the cell service. I know we’d all freak out if you missed a day or two of posts. If we don’t hear from you in a week, we’ll call the mounties and send a search party. Best of luck out there, and safe travels.

  5. Saun in Ohio says:

    Thanks for the info on the cell service. Believe me I would start to worry. Awesome pic be safe : )

  6. Brenda Senne says:

    Woo hooo! Matt’s finally in Montana! Having lived in Montana for most of my life, I can certainly attest to the lack of cell phone service. Still, I am SO psyched that Matt has finally reached my home state! No one can really appreciate the awesome space unless they travel thru it themselves. Then again, sometimes you wish there were more rest areas!

  7. sandy repke says:

    montana on the 4th of july.. that was neat! don’t worry us all too much. be safe.. sandy

  8. carolyn says:

    Be safe Matt, again we will go through withdrawals without the daily posts. I was lucky enough today to walk part of your journey where you came across the orange and blue trunks of tree in Chicago. That was the first time I saw that tree and love the memory of your post. I hope this will be the point where God carries you. Footprints

    • Jeff says:

      He and st. Christopher have been doing so since day one. I remeber seeing his Good Luck was a card of the “guardian” of travelers….

      We joke a bit about dieties here..but no matter what your faith, it is my belief that the supreme being was watching since day one….around day 40-50 he brought unto Matt a writer from AP…and the rest of this an us is history. We have all been tagging along since then or abouts and I think we carry him along.. I pray for Matt’s safety and posts and all good news. If we all did that (and it reads as if we do..) then oh do we see the power.. Nice post you wrote.
      One day when he can sit and read all of our muses..he will realize that someone had his back…He knows now… The guy upstairs has a special plan.

  9. Nick in Ohio says:

    I echo everyone’s feelings here. Be safe Matt and look forward to your posts. Not to pressure you any, but how do I pre-order your book?!

  10. Gigi says:

    Great pic, as usual .. home on the range.

    Will still be checking in on the site everyday. Hope there won’t be too many days interval between postings. Stay safe Matt.

  11. Ginger says:

    I’ve been watching you for a few months now. As a Montanan, recently returning home from places beyond, I’m looking forward to your observations. I have had Verizon since cell phone stopped being as big as a brick and can say I’ve had better coverage at home than in DC. Depending on your route, you should have regular coverage. Then again your route will have a lot to do with it.

    I’m looking forward to your arrival in my neck of the state. At your rate of travel, that should be in about 3 weeks. Watch for Rattlers and bears. Safe journey.

  12. Karen Too says:

    Another stunning shot. Thanks for the heads up about the lack of cell coverage.

    While you are out of range, and out on the range, we’ll all be walking with you in spirit just a little bit more than usual.

    Don’t let the loneliness out there get you down, and we look forward to when you’ll be able to post again.

    Be safe, Matt, and know you have a lot of people thinking of you.

  13. Sharon P says:

    Really like the composition of this shot! Keep taking pix, even if they can’t always be sent. Take care, and hope the coverage is just spotty and we’ll be right there with you.

  14. Sarah says:

    150 miles between towns? What are you going to do for water? I know you have water purifying tablets, but those only work if you actually find water. I’m worried now….

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      I would say at Matt’s rate of travel – He’ll be able to carry (push on his cart) enough water for travel between towns at 150 miles apart. (6 gallons of water?)

      • Jennifer in KY says:

        Was a little concerned about food myself. Hope his cart has room for all the essentials until he can get to restock!

        Matt – will miss your daily posts if service is interrupted, but will continue to say a prayer for your safety.

  15. Ruthie of CA says:

    Save travels Matt, we will be thinking of you every day, I will pretend you are using snail mail, keep a few notes of your highlights and send them along when you can…

  16. Candice in Alabama says:

    Stay Safe Matt. Enjoy your journey. I’ve never been to Montana – but would love to travel there one day. Beautiful photo!

  17. Matt in WY says:

    Enjoy! Once you get used to the remote areas devoid of congestion and technology you may find yourself never really wanting to go back… I hope it doesn’t get too hot on the plains. The summers can be terribly hot and the winters unbelievably cold – at least the summer is manageable on foot. Looking forward to your future posts…

  18. MN Roxanne says:

    Be safe….walk on and enjoy the Big Sky!! We’re with you in spirit…

  19. Chris says:

    Hey all you that live in Montana!!! Do Matt a favor and try to track him down for some good food and water supplies! Best to you Matt!

  20. KL says:

    Just a post to let you know that strangers wish you well.

    I’ve been following your blog since you’ve been in Ohio. Firstly, this is amazing. The fact that you walked from Rockaway to Jersey across the GWB is seriously mind-blowing. It took me two hours to get from Rockaway to midtown via MTA yesterday, and you walked it. And walked it and walked it some more.

    Secondly, the last few posts of desolate scrubland have been TERRIFYING. I Google Earth’d your route and it doesn’t seem like there is much in the way of roads, much less civilization. The open plain is like the void of deep space. Be careful!

  21. Can’t believe nobody has said it, “HELLO ? Can you hear me now?”! Good old Verizon. Keep strong Matt.

  22. Laurenis says:

    Verzion should have sponsored you or something… “can you hear me now?….” as Matt walks across the country. But wait…then it would turn all corporate and totally lose all the fun of “just walking for walking’s sake” right?

  23. Rachael says:

    I just went through SD and my cell had been out for days. I’ve been following you for a while. I’m taking a different path to CA from DC. To bad it would of been great to meet you. Keep up the GREATNESS!!!

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