Day 106


July 10th, 2010


  1. Dan says:

    I can’t believe how green the grass looks in the Jordan Country in mid-July this year. It’s usually brown by now. Matt picked a good year to do this!

  2. Gigi says:

    Lol at the title .. So what’s the purpose of the flags when the cattle is crossing? Hope someone could enlighten. Thanks!

    Love the scenery at the back of the pole.

  3. Glenda says:

    cattle ranchers move cattle from one pasture to another during the year – fall and spring – which means when moving them (several hundred at a time) down the highway and accross the road this lets you know what to expect

    • Barb C. says:

      Glenda thanks for the info. I remembered that I saw a show on PBS about the ranchers moving their cattle. If I remember right they don’t use horses like they use to==they use ATV or 4=wheelers. Talked to a friend in Mn last night. Told her about the web site ( she had just heard about it) and that looking at the pictures of Montana we really needed to get back out that way.

    • Janine says:

      So the sign says, “Cattle Crossing,” and the orange flags say, “Right Now!” Right on.

  4. Jeff says:

    ahh so the ranchers hops in the truck and marks all the signs with the flags…..then when the crossing is complete they fold me back up. Awesome.

  5. Jeff says:

    Good one Carolyne

  6. Nancy says:

    Morning Hobo Nation! I just reread the posts on day 103. I have a suggestion to live vicariously through another road warrior while waiting for the next post from Matt – read about Peter Jenkins’ walk across the US “A Walk Across America”. He walked for six years from NY to Oregon. I read his first book as a teenager in the late ’70s He then went on to write nine other books about walks and a journey along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Keys to the Rio Grande.
    I think I might go back and reread this one to appreciate what is being destroyed in the Gulf… I’m enjoying Matt’s journey with each of you – Nancy, Spring, TX too!

    • MN Roxanne says:

      thanks for the tip on Peter Jenkins, Nancy… I’m going to ck him out…

    • Kevin from NC says:

      I read that book years ago and loved it. Also, you may like The Man Who Walked Through Time: The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon by Colin Fletcher, another amazing journey by foot.

  7. DawninIL says:

    Matt, I look forward to your next posting or picture. I have learned things that only if you live in that area you would know what they meant. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Heck I might do this one day. Except I think mine would be to just do a Great Lakes walk around or something since I am originally from Michigan.
    Happy Trails Matt!!!

  8. Christine says:

    Aha is a word used in old times in Europe for a retaining wall around the house to keep farm animals out of the garden. Just sayin.

  9. Craig ( NC!) says:

    ok I’m daft here…
    Instead of Cattle X-ing all the time, they use the flags for like where there is a actual drive happening?
    Not like here.. I’ve seen them. But always it was a road decoration.
    Wonder at the next Deer X-ing if I put up little triangle and a pair of flags if anyone would get it?

    • Glenda says:

      in some more remote – less traveled areas the sign are used like deer x-ing sign – this is evident if there are no fences on either side. If Matt were to have walked between Brockway and Terry he would have come accross this situation. If traveling a rural area and one crosses a cattle guard and see these one would know to what for cattle on the range.

      • Craig ( NC!) says:

        ok the flags go up for active drive/cattle crossing?
        The the gates in the other pictures that go up, are you allowed to cross when an active
        heard is in the area/road as long as you are careful or do you take the long way around?
        I’m just trying to figure out what is common courtesy / practices are.
        It’s interesting to me.

        • Glenda says:

          cattle guards are open gates that have the metal grates (bars you saw earlier) the bars that swung accross to close the road are not common at most cattle guards – i could take numerous photos of cattle guards without the cross members, between greybull, wy and great falls mt

    • charlie says:

      perhaps only those of us that are following this trip!

  10. Angelica says:

    oh man the view behind that sign is mindblowing…so frighteningly beautiful and remote.

    • Yeosaph Ferguson says:

      As remote as it is I am surprised to see what amounts to smog on the horizon where I come from (Los Angeles).

      • Glenda says:

        I’m sure its not smog – you sometimes see a haze when there are wild fires further west or smoke brought down on the jet stream from fires in Canada – or could just be storm clouds or clouds

  11. Don in Tennessee says:

    It is still the Wild Wild West! Glad we still have unspoiled land in our great country.

    I am sure Matt is in awe of this great vast land.

  12. Pacis says:

    Round parts traveled last year they are often for ‘Flooded’, ‘ Flooded Road’. But also saw one ‘Low Flying Aliens’ in Nev.

  13. Chaser1 says:

    was this about when my brother in law saw you, matt? by the way everyone. matt says, ‘hi’

    • Are you trying to say that your brother in law saw Matt along the way?? Neat. You weren’t able to get out there to see him though? Did your brother in law have time for a chat with Matt and find out some good things about his travels there? And he must have told Matt how nuts were are about him and his walk? Would be kinda neat I think to actually be able to go find him and walk beside him for a spell.

      • Chaser1 says:

        Yeah, My brother-in-law is from Great Falls and came to visit for his Bday. He saw matt on his way here and thought matt was a bum. So, I told him who Matt was and to stop and say “Hello,” from all of us watching him. My brother-in-law called me to say that he was about 20 miles west of Jordan, Montana and that Matt is a bit tired of walking (understatement) and that more than likely will fly back home instead of walking after he reaches Rockaway Beach, OR. Matt had all of his stuff laid out to dry since it got soaked in a rainstorm. I wish I could have gone with just to walk 1 mile with Matt. I think the conversations we could have had would have been enlightening.

        ON the plus side, I think Matt gained a new fan since my brother in law, Alan, got to see him in action.

        • Wow. Yeah, one can only imagine how tired Matt is. And this part has to be hardest because there aren’t enough people around to break up the monotony of the day. Looking like a bum huh? I think most people who’ve seen him on his trek have thought that unless they know the true story behind it all. How come you weren’t able to go with your brother in law and see him? You must have been working and unable to get away? Glad to hear your brother in law will be following along here now. One more for the hobo nation.

  14. Jeff says:

    Hello Dorinda, Chaser1 and others….I heard from Matt…and he says “thanks” for all the well wishes, the furthes thing on his mind is a Book ( we will change his mind on that) and his main focus is the walk and Oregon. So that is a update without pictures. I know Don said he heard from Matt too…and it was something like Matt would be out of range for a little while.

    Chaser1 did you get my info a few pages back on my location in Jersey??

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      Jeff – I emailed Matt about a heads-up on his passing the Lewistown Weather Station Camera – He said to email him Thursday morning (July 15) to remind him so that he could send an estimate of what time he thought he’d be passing by.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        That is, IF he has cell phone coverage!

        • Don in Tennessee says:

          Candice in Alabama-

          Would you please keep me in the loop with this information when Matt will be at the Lewiston Weather Station Camera? Could you also get me the link?

          Thank you.

          • Jeff says:

            Don, Mayor of hobo nation…..the link is below…under Janine.

            • Don in Tennessee says:

              Thank you so much.

              Counciman Jeff.

              Hope you are having a wonderful day at work! Finally rained some here in Maryville today, but we need much more.

              Matt did say in his e-mail Saturday that he would be out of range soon. He did not gave any indication as to how long!

              Stay cool!

              • Don in Tennessee says:

                COUNCILMAN_sorry. Maybe since we are a Hobo Nation we should use Native American titles; esp. since he is in the heart of their country!

    • Thanks Jeff. I sure hope Matt isn’t so focused on his destination that he misses the journey. After all it is the journey and the surroundings that make the whole trip to Oregon what it is or should be. Like the dog running along with him for 8 miles. If that dog hadn’t slowed him down just a bit and shown him the “scenery” Matt would have missed the wildlife. I just liked the irony in that photo and post.
      Thanks again Jeff for you informative postings on Matt.

    • Chaser1 says:

      No I didnt, link me?

      • The dog photo you mean chaser1?

      • Jeff says:

        Chaser1 – email me at….i’ll forward details back…

        Dorinda: My pleasure. We are all family at this point. And so many have shout-outs about a book…so what the heck I asked.

        Isn’t it cool that Matt does take the time to shoot back an email. Even a ‘thanks’ – but he takes the time.

        Candice: You rock on that one too. I think the camera takes a shot every 15 minutes right…so if he passes he would neded to hang out for at least 15 minutes waving (that would be a sight) or we won’t get to see him…..
        I know, I know…get back to work.

  15. Pat in CA says:

    Looking forward to hearing from you, Matt.

  16. Janine says:

    Will someone be sure to post the link to the weather station cameras again? Please don’t make me go back through the posts, you guys have been too prolific in your comments. *L*

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      Thank you for the camera post again.

      I was looking back at Matt’s travel and he has only taken 4 days of rest since starting at Rock Away Beach on March 27. He took rest days on April 25, May 15, and June 20 & 21. I am sure his adrenaline has been pumping him and he is way ahead of where he thought he would be at this time. He has also had much encouragement from the HOBO NATION and from the many kind and thoughful people along the way!

      This is like a marathon (I have run 3 of them), or triathlon (I have not done) you are pumped and ready to go but once you get to about 18-20 miles, muscles start to ache and you need to replenish your energy level with gatorade type drinks and water. It gets hard to maintain the momentum you started with as you deal with aches and pains.

      I wonder if he is still on his original pair of boots or has he changed to his backup pair. Worn soles on shoes/boots can make your feet hurt.

      Matt took his first rest day after 29 days of walking, his 2nd day after 19 days and his last 2 days after 35 days. He is now on his 21st day since his last rest day. I believe he will have to pace himself and take a few more rest days after fewer days of walking to keep his energy level up for the rest of the trip.

      Once in the mountains, he will need all the energy he can muster to push his cart.

      We need to pray that he continues to be safe and that he does rest and pace himself to complete his trek. He has been an inspiratin to all of us!

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      Don’t forget you can “loop” the image there. Click “loop” above the upper right of the image. I sure hope we get to see Matt walking by!

      • Anna One in CA says:

        I just bookmarked the weather station site; the last updated time was 17:47 though. It’s 7:05 (19:05) in CA so I wonder if it’s possible to get that close to Matt’s walkby time…

        • Anna One in CA says:

          P.S. I think it’s funny that Matt is out of range but more than 135 of us still continue to yick yack…..

  17. Barbara Kiviat says:

    Jeff, is there a pool going on Matt? When he’ll finish or somesuch? I saw the email address “,” but I’m missing the context. Thanks.

  18. Jeff says:

    Yes Barbara…email a date to me at and leave a date, a couple of dates and some kind of info so I know who you are….and I have been marking the dates on a excel calander. Earliest Date is April…she put Sept 6th (her birthday) latest date…it is a secret right now. I would be happy to add you to the pool…and the winner gets to shout … YAHOO I won…and Matt made it we hear the worlds greatest sigh of relief. I will give a shout back to you – just so you know I got it.

    • Barbara Kiviat says:

      Thanks for the clarification!

    • April from CA says:

      Correction- I guessed Sept. 9th! No biggie. I probably won’t be right anyway. It’s just fun. :) I’ll e-mail you, Jeff!

      • Jeff says:

        my bad not yours….I posted 6th but realized labor day was the 9th. U can email anyhow…

        • Jeff, Jeff, Jeff, Jeff, Jeff….whatever am I going to do with you?? I, me, Dorinda, said Labor Day, which is Sept. 6th. I didn’t say anything earlier because if April said it than she said it too. No biggie either. But now I see she didn’t and you still seem to have something mixed up. Labor Day is the first Monday in September, which this year is Sept. 6th. The 9th is a Thursday. Geez Jeff, do I need to buy you a calendar for Christmas this year? : )

  19. Saun in Ohio says:

    Well I know what everybody is going to be doing on Thursday. Waiting on some more pics be safe……

    • Nick in Ohio says:

      As a fellow Buckeye Saun, I agree.. Matt, be safe… I have cold beer in the fridge if you should walk east and stop in Cincinnati!!

  20. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Just checking in for the day. It looks like Matt has gone out of internet range again. I guess we will just have to wait for the next town in a day or two.

  21. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Matt’s next “big” town is Winnett. Here is some background info about it…

  22. Stephen says:

    From the size of that giant nail there must still be cattle rustlers in them parts… this must be the famous hangin’ post of Jordan County.

  23. Jeff says:

    Aha….Matt still not around. Your welcome Barbara. hmmm wishing Matt alot of luck and peace these days.
    Awaiting pictures to fill our minds.

    • CHUCK U. FARLEY says:

      jersey jeff, do you have a life?…besides being a member of the Sangria Swilling Society…, why do you feel the need to dominate the airwaves… I thought this was about Matthew…

      • Christine says:

        I think we all know it is about Matt. I enjoyed all of the comments until this one. If Jeffs comments bother you so much, I think you have the problem. Why be a hater. I don’t think anyone here appreciates your low blow insults either.

  24. John in Redford says:

    Jeff – I can’t imagine what Matt anticipated as far as the size of his peanut gallery but it must exceed his expectations. I thought about contacting corporate at Verizon and letting them know about Matt and his hike. I don’t know if Veriaon offers Satilite Phones but what a great lead in to a national ad…. Matt green wonders if America can hear him now/yet? This trek has become somewhat compelling, this need to check in on a man my son’s age that I haven’t met and yet I want to see the rest of his trip through his eyes and hope to God that someone is there when he cools his heels in the Pacific. I hope Matt takes a moment to check out the Finnish word “SISU”. Matt keep on keepen on – you have SISU!

    • Jeff says:

      I agree John. Thanks Christine.

      Charles this is all about Matthew. Not dominating but if you say so ok. The waiting is when there is muse back and forth…and a few comments in between. I have another cheek should you like to take another shot at me…but it is ok if you choose not too. I wish you a peaceful day today. If you want to comment – feel free like we all do. But remember what your mother said Charles. ” if you don’t have nothing to say – then don’t say anything at all.” Will you be a the finish line, cause I would like to shake your hand too.

      • Jeff says:

        have nothing nice to say..dont say anything at all.. freudian slip I suppose. Sorry.

        • CHUCK U. FARLEY says:

          I apologize Jeffery…

          • Jeff says:

            So Accepted. Past is the past…walking forward.

            • Michael in Atlanta says:

              Admiring my Jersey brother Jeff and feeling grateful that I’ve rubbed shoulders with him here on the net. And recognizing some goodness in brother Chuck too. Very nicely done, fellas. If you could package that into a 2 hour seminar, we might could solve some of the worlds ills.


              • Jeff says:

                Michael – thank you. ditto, amen. Peace.

              • CHUCK U. FARLEY says:

                I was counciled by Brother Odo…

              • Donna in MI says:

                Hay Chuck,

                That’s a good one. I like that. I forgot about Brother Odo at the monastery. So many posts, and you have to remember them! He was a good Brother to Matt. He took care of him, fed him and gave him a place to rest his weary body. Peace.

      • carolyn says:

        Dr. Jeff, I’m going through withdrawals again without the daily updates from Matt. But know that your daily comments and update from Matt from emails is good medicine for my soul. Plus anyone with the name Jeff is great in my book. My husband and brother carry the name.

        • Jeff says:

          Good Morning. I was thinking emails would be able to travel over weak signals. But I suppose you would need a strong signal to update all the ‘data” that is required by the pictures and such. Husband and your brother have the Name Jeff? Thats a good one. Not many of us..but where there is one there are many. Peace and thanks. The Dr. is in and will dispense details when I have some. Hope Matt posts soon…kind of tired of the Cattle Crossing.

        • Ron says:


          I hope your husband and brother are two different people! ;)

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Well – if Matt doesn’t check out the Finnish word SISU – I am!

  25. winnie says:

    still no sign of matt! thanks to the “regulars” for keeping the hobo nation entertained and updated while we wait for matt’s return

  26. Candice in Alabama says:

    As always, hoping Matt is safe and well – Hang in there Matt!

  27. Zimmer says:

    What is going on with Matt? Everything okay, I hope? Have anyone heard anything?

    • Dennis in So Cal says:

      He’s in a dead zone on his way to Winnett, MT. Maybe by tomorrow he will be in range of a cell tower.

  28. Barbara Kiviat says:

    Matt is fine. The “OK” signals from his GPS gizmo are still reaching his parents. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear from him on the blog for a few more days. In the meantime, here are some more things to read about Matt—stories that have been written about his walk:

    • Michael in Atlanta says:

      Thanks for the links.

      Just checking in with my fellow HOBNAT’s. or are we MattNats? This is like Where’s Waldo. In your book, Matt, you will have to inlcude a Where’s Waldo’esque adventure page, amongst all the pictures. Also, if you could find a way to include smells and sensations that would be nice. And pictures of the sky at night. And warm fuzzies. And anxiety. GET BACK ON LINE MATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ok. Back to work.

    • katzien in austin says:

      Hey Barbara, the brooklynrail article was fan-freakin-tastic! THANK YOU!! My favorite line “…and all over your body you feel the soreness of a day well lived.” Amen to that.

      • Stephen says:

        I totally agree Katzien, the Dave Kim article for Brooklynrail certainly captured the essence of this adventure and Matt’s quest. Definitely a MUST read for all Hobo Nation devotees. Thanks for the link Barbara and your update on Matt’s signals.

        I also think I figured out the sign. In Montana, cattle just love playing Tic-Tac-Toe, but always insist on being ‘X’. (grins)

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      Thank you for the posts.

      I enjoy reading articles from various parts of the States about Matt and his trek.

    • Craig ( NC!) says:

      tap tap tap ….is this thing on???
      Testing 1
      Testing 2
      Testing 3’s on.

      OK what to do during a black out.. or a “Mattout” if you will?

      ummmmm HI JEFF!

      ummmmmm wow… wonder if we can urge him to take a southern route back to the east coast ?
      Can you imagine the photos of THAT?
      I’ll donate new shoes if he says yes.

      • Jeff says:

        Craig: r u out there…..Shall we pass the time by taking the kids for some Carvel? Sherbert and Cotton Candy, maybe party cake too….That’s the ticket. Your daughter is cute. I think Matt should fly first class, spare no expense.

      • Kheavner says:

        Craig, I’m from NC too and would love for him to do just that. Maybe a nice long rest in Oregon, head south to CA, then east to the Atlantic and north to NY! Praying Matt is safe and enjoying all the scenery!

    • Barb C. says:

      Barbara Kiviat that was a great article on Matt. THANKS. It seems that Matt has done more than he realizes. He has brought us all together to wish him well and godspeed. With all the ugliness in the world he has restored my faith in humanity. I wonder if Matt had any idea that there would be so many giving, kind and generous people out in the world.

  29. Donna in MI says:

    John in Redford,
    Thanks for the new word. I had to look up the word SISU when you used it in one of your previous posts. I never heard it before you used it. Matt definitely has SISU!! He couldn’t have made it this far without it, and he’s got to be pretty worn out about now out there in the middle of God’s country. He’s going to need lots of it to finish this last leg of his trek through the lonely BIG SKY country and the mountains, the B I G mountains. I like that word. Matt’s got SISU!

  30. Donna in MI says:

    Mom, Dad, Jonathan, Bill Leslie, anyone
    Do you know if any of Matt’s family and friends from the East are planning on being in Rockaway Beach, OR when Matt arrives. He’s got to have a welcoming party. Also, does Rockaway Beach have a newspaper. I hope someone from a newspaper out there interviews him at the end of his trek. Does Rockaway Beach know he’s coming.

    • Jeff says:

      That would be yes, in that someone from the “nation” contacted thier (rockaway beach) chamber of commerce. I could be wrong but I think the woman from AP checks in on him from time to time too. CBS news has been contacted too, I think. He won’t be alone. He has never been alone this whole trip.

  31. katzien in austin says:

    At this point, my hubby now knows who I’m talking about when I say ‘Matt.’ We were talking about phones, and I said I was very impressed with the Droid (I have an iPhone3), and he asked me when have I ever seen a Droid. I said “Well, Matt has one and I just love his photos and videos, so I would buy one.” He rolls his eyes! Ba ha ha ha! He thinks I have a crush. ;-) By the way, lots of love in the room, thanks everyone. You’re the highlight of my 9-5 day.

    • Barb V from Michigan says:

      I have the same kind of husband! And what’s wrong with a harmless crush? :) Isn’t that just another form of admiration? BTW – I have a small crush on Jeff the Jersey boy, too. I like a lot of what he posts, and he displays great character in the process. Also, my husband’s name is Jeff.

      • Jeff says:

        Is today Crush on Jeff day?? I started my day with a gut punch and I am ending it with all smiles. Talk about brotherly and sisterly love….. Thanks Barb….on behalf of all Jeff’s.

        Now where is Matt and what is he doing. I can’t wait for photo uplinks..I’m betting on a Awesome Mailbox. This time around…

      • Patty says:

        Barb V – add me as another fan of our Jersey Jeff – even if he did scorch his shirt! hehehe

        Jeff – loved the way you turned the other cheek and offered a hand in friendship. Applause, applause to both Jeff and Chuck for handling the ruffled feathers so eloquently; almost wish the Nation wasn’t a closed audience and more people could learn from your example…very nice guys!

  32. Don in Tennessee says:

    SISU-Should I say uh –

    Matt can you hear the HOBO NATION NOW- Verizon; get it together – is the HOBO NATION going to have to resort ot our new high tech communications – a strings and 2 tin cans so we can hear from Matt.

    Hope Matt is safe and he is getting refueled by more warm and friendly people!

  33. mike g says:

    it looks like that sign folds down and you attach the flags to the back of it whenever there is actual cattle crossing

  34. Don in Tennessee says:


    There you go hogging the string and tin cans again. Are you not suppose to be at work?

    Finally, we good some decent rain after a 3 week drought.

    Bet Matt has not seen much rain.

  35. Donna in MI says:

    The ‘walk’ is 76 miles from Jordan to Winnett. Does anyone out there in the BIG SKY country know if he will get Verizon’s cell service in Winnett? Glenda? anyone? His last pic was uploaded abt. 10:00 pm mountain time on the 10th. I would think he should be in Winnett sometime today. It was abt 90 deg. in Jordan yesterday or day before…probably makes for slow going in that kind of heat pushing a cart day in and day out. He needs days in the low 70’s.

    • Glenda says:

      Been a while since i traveled that way and used my cell – don’t remember what hills close to where should get service – but i’m sure he should get signal on some hill…

  36. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    Just wanted to give out a “woot woot” to all who are going the extra mile to provide all of us with the additional info while we wait on Matt. Love reading your posts………and Jeff…….don’t know you but luv ya for being a great soul! You are my inspiration today!

    • Jeff says:

      Peace Lisa! with a big wink and a hugg. No worries.
      Donna in MI. Thought you might like to know .. that was uploaded at 10pm but it did not hit the website until the following day. I caught some as them as they were posted. And was shocked.

      • Patty says:

        Mr. Jeff, if you’re handing out hugs I sure would enjoy one too! Could use a good hug right about now…

  37. katzien in austin says:

    Dang, still no new Matt news….it’s my third time checking and it’s barely lunchtime. Hmmm, what to do, what to do? Work?? Nah…maybe I’ll reveiw some random posts and reminisce.

  38. Jeff says:

    9789 Posts have been made to as of this post here. how is that for trivia.

    • Is that all you’ve got to do with yourself today? Go back and count all the comments people have made so far? I thought you were supposed to be working. Some work. *smiles*

      • Jeff says:

        ODE to matt….I quit my job…and now I’mjust countin…… thanks again, friend. I think the vent is over.

    • katzien in austin says:

      How did you count those Jeff? Did you click through each day and count the posts of each and every picture??

      • Jeff says:

        heck no….here is the secret….put your cursor arrow over the infinity thing on the left next to Reply. look at the bottom of your internet page and you should see the comment #. Had nothing to do waiting for matt to show up.

        • katzien in austin says:

          Cool trick! I always wondered what that little thing was for. We’re up to 9810. I’m sure we could all find something more useful to do, but not nearly as fun. ;-) I really wish we could all hook up in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, and have a few drinks together. What a fun welcome party that would be for Matt.

  39. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    i hadn’t really thought about it but I thank you for the hither too unknown fact. Now it’s 9790.

  40. Don in Tennessee says:

    As Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose would say-

    My Mama told me
    She said son, please beware
    There’s this thing called walking
    And it’s addictive
    She told me, It can break my arches
    And leave you in blisters
    Since I started this USA walk
    I feel it’s happened to me
    And I’m tellin’ you

    It’s too late to turn back now
    I believe, I believe, I believe
    I’m getting close
    Oh, it’s too late to turn back now
    I believe, I believe, I believe
    I’m getting close!

    Matt, we hope you are OK and THE HOBO NATION BELIEVES IN YOU!

  41. Don in Tennessee says:

    Day 106 and 106 comments. – Now 107!!!

  42. Thomas says:

    Well, he warned us that there would be vast areas going forth with no cell coverage. Here we are.

    There is also a FB group page “Fans of Matt Green’s Walk Across America” … search for it. Mostly me posting, but anybody can post there!

  43. CHUCK U. FARLEY says:

    Just talked to Matt on the phone, he is just finishing up some pie at the Kozy Corner Cafe in Winnett… He sounds like he is in good spirits…. 406-429-2621

    • young says:

      Well, thank you very much Mr. Farley for the update on Matt’s mental health and pie intake! It would seem that “imjustwalkin” has become quite an obsession for some of us. Like it or not, the Winnett’s Kozy Corner Cafe is now on Hobo Nation’s radar. ;-)

    • katzien in austin says:

      OH no, does Matt want his number “out there??” I can imagine he’ll get 25 calls a day…at least. ;-)

    • And just how did you know where to find him and when? And why post the number for the cafe? Those people have work to do and don’t have time to be answering a phone all day about Matt Green. Not cool dude in my opinion.

  44. deb says:

    I can’t believe how addicting Matt’s updates are! I have to check them every day at my desk. My goodness…what in the world will I do after Matt finishes his big walk?!!

  45. Don in Tennessee says:

    This website shows a photo of the KOZY CORNER CAFE and other shots of landscape in immediate area!

    • young says:

      “It’s Ryegate, Montana’s Testicle Festival time” (spelled “testical” in Reygate, apparently). Could this be a bona fide Montana festival, and is it open to both genders? My oh my, the things one learns from virtual trekking through America. Thanks Don!

      • Don in Tennessee says:


        See my comments below about the testicle festival(s)!! Yes at least 5 (NO BULL) in Montana every year.

    • Dan says:

      I’ve been to Ryegate’s testicle festival. Good food, good beer, good time – and supports a community on the Great Plains. – Oh – Did I mention a good time?

  46. Beth in Maine says:

    i check in everyday at this site to see what interesting things matt has seen today… sad that there aren’t any new updates to be had!! but i understand lack of service.. (maine service isn’t the greatest either). has anyone seen finding nemo?? when dori sings, “just keep swimmin, swimmin”? if i were matt, i’d probably sing, “just keep walkin, walkin” to myself quite a bit! kudos!

    • katzien in austin says:

      Ba ha ha ha! LOVE Dori…she’s such a sweet friendly soul. Icheck in everyday too…..often serveral times day. It’s a minor addiction. ;-)

      • Ann says:

        It’s hard waiting but we all know that it will be worth the wait. I check daily also maybe 2 to 3 times, it seems like its been along time since Matt’s last post. Its also fun to read everyone’s posts. Have a great night everyone we will see tomorrow if we have any posts from Matt.

  47. jerry's kid says:

    I loved that article from the Brooklynrail, thanks so much Barbara Kiviat. I check this site daily and really enjoy reading everyone’s comments. It feels like we almost know some of the people who post regularly. I live in Northern California and am really tempted to drop everything and drive (sadly, not walking!) up and join the Rockaway greeting committe! Seriously thinking about it…

    • katzien in austin says:

      Me too, sorta seriously want to take some time off work and take a nice drive up north. We know people in Seattle, so maybe we could combine the agendas?? We have time work out the details…..

      • Jeff says:

        Mee too. Brother in law lives in Redding, he wants to move back…so this might actually work out….but we would need a insider to tell us his expected arrival date. If family comes from east then they would need a little heads up – you know.
        He won’t be alone. But again….would he want hoopla? Something to ponder. God above, Diety of choice, watch over matt…and let him get us picture, a post…or just a hay….Godspeed Matt…like you never heard that one before.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks for the article posted above. This part caught my attention:

      “One would expect Matt to return from this tour with the authority to say, “The folks in Chicago are x, while those in Warren, PA, are y.”

      I actually live and work in Warren, PA. Matt walked through about an hour south of here, didn’t really come near the NY border but I loved the mention none-the-less. But compared to city-folk, we probably are ‘y’.

  48. Saun in Ohio says:

    Glad to hear that wasn’t Matt’s phone number. I wonder how many called the Kozey Corner Cafe. Waiting on pictures…. : )

    • Jeff says:

      especialy because I don’t think that was all truth…but I suppose I could be wrong. Anyone call and get confirmation of Mr. Farleys post???

      • Thanks Jeff, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was a bunch of bulls testicles about the phone call. And I hope people DON’T call that number as it will only harm others by driving them batty with a ringing phone all day. Not cute man.

  49. Don in Tennessee says:


    I posted earlier about a TESTY FESTY in Clinton, MT. Clinton is 20 miles east of Missoula, MT home of the University of Montana. I even said that Matt might possibly be in this area during the Clinton festival, which is August 4-8, 2010. There are at least 5 of these festivals (including the Reygate shown on the post you refer to) from the link I have posted (check the bottom of the page).

    These delicaices are referred to as ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS- Some poeple would think these people had gone NUTS!

    • young says:

      Thank you Don! Your wide breadth of knowledge of Montana’s testicular festivities is quite impressive. I must say though that this bizarre thread is giving me queasy flashbacks of that reality show Fear Factor where dainty debutantes were hurling chunks after trying to gobble platefulls of those monstrous aforementioned RMOs. Matt, please keep your focus on Rockaway and don’t be tempted by the local “delicacies.” *praying for Matt’s well being*

  50. Jeff says:

    Hello Don. get your tin cans and give Matt a message from E.T. Phone Home (home being hobo nation).

  51. John in Redford says:

    Hey folks – common sense tells me that we all could Google for a burger joint, bar or rest home where “someone” reported sighting or hearing or talking to Gulliver and… so what! It’s Gullivers hike and if he should want to kick back for 24 or 48, so what! Most of us have indicated the pure, simple pleasure of being in the back seat on Gullivers trip! I’m really enjoying the ride and will not let a fly on the wall take away from the next amazing mail box. Gullivers got SISU and the fly don’t!

  52. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    Dorinda, I think that most of the posters on here WOULD NOT call………..think we have pretty good manners. Matt’s a big boy and he has proven that he can take pretty good care of himself. I think that well wishes on here and prayers are all we need to do at this point!

    • Lisa and John,

      I’m sorry but I may be misunderstood and I’m sorry if I’ve upset anyone, not my intent. I will not say any more.

      • Jeff says:

        if you stop, I will stop, and if I stop the rest will stop…we will have mass caos (kay os) how do you spell it? I’ll call Get Smart or Agent 99….. I digress…….Don’t stop….or else……

        The beasties will come and get you……What say you?? Dori?

        • lol. It’s Chaos and who or what are the beasties?
          (and just a little note-please don’t call me Dori okay? Not to be mean or anything and certainly not stuck up or snooty but I don’t like my name shortened. Please?Thanks).

          • Don in Tennessee says:


            Such a pretty name should not be shortened.

            As for my name Donald (reminds of the you know what Quacks) – I like Don much better.

            Dorinda, hope your having a great day in Ohio (buckeye Country)!

            • Thanks Don I appreciate that.
              You know that’s what my Mom said my pediatrician told her when I was born, not to shorten my name with a nickname because the name was so pretty. I’m glad she listened to him. Thanks for the compliment.

              Yes, gorgeous day up here in the Buckeye state, at least where I live. Sunshine galour but hot and getting hotter. Had rain here so that’s been a huge help as well as air conditioning. God bless the person who invented that. Sure does help.

              Hope all the Hobo Nation are having a great day today. Wishing Matt’s phone would get service already! We need our “fix” and I can’t wait to see the beauty of Montana. Really looking forward to it. And glad that Matt is okay according to his Dad and glad his Dad shared with us how to check on his progress line. Great.

          • Jeff says:

            Dorinda. It is then. I dont like blue anyhow. Beasties – “Lord of the Flies” book…..
            I just wanted to see you back. I can live with Dorinda. No worries. Thanks for the spell check.

            • Ah, the Lord of the Flies book. Man I read that wayyyyy back in Jr. High school. To long ago to remember all that.
              And I never saw Nemo so have no idea who blue is anyhow so it’s totally cool. My son is almost 27 so I don’t get to see all the animated movies any more like when he was small.

  53. Don in Tennessee says:


    East Tennessee Tin Can to Matt Hobo Green Tin Can, somewhere West of Winnett, MT. Could you please give THE MATT GREEN HOBO NATION a tinny idea as to where you are and how you are doing.
    Rumors have it you were seen stuffing your face at the KOZEY CORNER CAFE in Winnett.

    If you can hear us; please rattle the cow testicles given to you as a the KEY TO THE CITY at the KOZEY CORNER CAFE so we can hear them bang! As an alternative you can flash a light from your tin can to us from the sun!

    THE HOBO NATION is praying for you and anxiously awaiting your next AWESOME MAILBOX PHOTO!

    • Dennis in So Cal says:

      If my calculations are correct he might see Winnett by the end of the day. I’m hoping so any way. Matt has got to be getting tired….mentally and physically. It’s just miles and miles of the same terrain.

  54. Dan says:

    It occured to me that Maybe Matt has been invited to a Ranch and may be getting a taste of the Cowboy (or Sheepherder) lifestyle for a little bit. The people in that country are great at that if your humble and honest about your knowledge. And he would be good company.

  55. John in Redford says:

    Dan you may be correct and maybe Matt (great name – my son’s name) got a chance to have an adult beverage and watch the All Star Game. Cowboys like baseball – Gene Autry owned a team!

    • Barbara Kiviat says:

      Interesting. I didn’t know that about him. Gene Autry, I mean. Although I suppose I didn’t know about your son and his name, either.

  56. Ruthie of CA says:

    Hey everyone it took me an hour to catch up on all comments and links! Wonder how many comments when we hear from or friend SISU Matt! Can’t wait… peace out…

  57. Dan says:

    Hopefully, he’ll be able to “triple S” in Lewiston and spend a day or two. The scenery gets more majestic from there west.

  58. Jeff says:

    My sweet lord give peace to the walkers of the world, most especialy Matt at this time. Bring safety to all that travel the roads of America during this summer and vacation time.

    Hoping a cell tower is in the area soon. Peace to all who post or read on this post.

    Gosh this page is getting longer.

  59. Nan says:

    I was gettting a bit worried about Matt, but it seems that some here have heard from him, and he is ok, just without service to post pics. Rooting for you here in Maryland, Matt!!

  60. Dennis in So Cal says:

    There are going to be a couple of tough days ahead for Matt. The temperatures on Thursday and Friday are going to jump up to the low 90s. I hope he fills up on water in Winnett.

  61. young says:

    162 and counting. Wow! “Cattle Xing” must be holding the single-pic record for the number of comments? Take heart Matt. The battle is nearly won when you get past the Rockies – Godspeed!

  62. Pacis says:

    Wonder if his Google Map on his index page updates automatically from SPOT or manually updated over web. If it’s automatically there could be a problem.
    Hope alls well.

    Need to research my SPOT to map feature.

    • katzien in austin says:

      Surely it can’t be updated automatically. It hasn’t moved in 4 days. Let us know you find out.

    • Dad says:

      There’s a button on his SPOT that he hits when he settles down for the night that just lets us know he’s ok. Because the signal is via satelite we can get the message when he has no phone signal. The map at the top right of his blog, the one that shows how far he’s come, is updated based on that signal.
      Something I didn’t realize until a couple of days ago is that you can put the cursor on the red line, where the map shows he last signalled, and double click and it’ll focus in on the area where the signal last was. If you keep double clicking the map will keep telescoping so that you can get a pretty good picture of where he was last night.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        Thanks Dad!

        • Candice In Alabama says:

          Wow – Now I can watch for Matt approaching Lewistown! And perhaps the Weather Station Camera!

          • Jeff says:

            reminder to email Matt tomorrow. I will do the same. Thanks to Matt’s Dad. you guys got that OK signal to check out…we just wait for a new picture. Appreciate you “personal” update.

      • Pacis says:

        Good to know that.
        Glad the red line still moving.


      • Barb V from Michigan says:

        Thanks, Matt’s Dad! My prayers are also with you and Mrs. Green as you await verbal word from your son.

      • Don in Tennessee says:


        Thanks for the update and the fact you guys know he is safe every night. The tidbit about the progress map I had somehow already stumbled upon somehow and I guess ! thought everyone knew this. I was wrong again.

        It takes a lot of planning, willpower, strength, and perserverence to do what Matt is accomplishing. I am sure that you and Mom are very proud of your Hobo Matt! The HOBO NATION prays for his safety daily and apprecaites that he is sharing his adventure with all of us!

        God bless you both!

  63. Chaser1 says:

    HOLY CRAP! 165 comments on a cattle X-ing sign? LoL JK. Once matt gets past the mountains, Other side of cour de laine, his cell coverage should be less intermittent. Once he hits the Great Falls, Helena, Missoula area, it should stick around for 1-3 days of his trek. I might be able to call a friend for him to stay somewhere if he heads through Great Falls.

    • Glenda says:

      Chaser1 – if you check his route he does plan on coming throug Great Falls – I was gonna offer him floor space and laundry and shower and a good meal – (we’re in a small 2bd apt), but if you know someone who might have better accomations let them know that’d be great. I’m keeping tabs on him as he gets closer here.

      • Chaser1 says:

        Thats interesting. The brother-in-law of mine, who met matt near Jordan, lives in Great Falls. Small world, eh?

      • Chaser1 says:

        Also, Glenda, by chance, when he gets there. Maybe we could phone each other. Id love to have a chance to speak with him, that is, if you wouldn’t mind.

        • Glenda says:

          you might email matt with your number and I’ll let him call from my place or cell if he’s game.

          • Chaser1 says:

            I think that he already has my number. It really depends on where he stays too. He’s rather unpredictable also. When he was east of Sidney, MT (where Im from), I gave him weather updates since the weather has a tendency to travel from west to east at this latitude. I thought for sure that when he started to loop north past Wibaux, Montana that he was headed towards Sidney. But it made sense that he didn’t since it would have been roughly 120 miles, round trip, out of his way. It’s interesting that he took the central route across the middle of Montana, where the population is scarce.

            • Glenda says:

              I happen to agree with you on that one – but as locals we realize how desolate and remote some areas are – I would have thought he would have gone towards Terry and along the interstate via the frontage roads.

  64. katzien in austin says:

    Darn! I thought for sure there would be news this morning. Inspired by Matt, I’ve been out hiking the last two Sundays. First Wild Basin Preserve in Austin, then Bastrop State Park in Bastrop. What fun! We saw no one but critters, it was peaceful except for waterfalls and babbling brooks, and the terrain went up and down to the equivalent of 20 stories. What a workout. My sister gave me a book called “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles” and I’m going to try and do them all. Missing you Matt!!! xoxoxo

    • young says:

      katzien in austin: Are you telling us Austinites don’t consider waterfalls and babbling brooks peaceful? Your idea of a possible Hobo Nation welcoming parade for our transcontinental explorer at Rockaway is a grand idea. Need to ponder the logistics and run it by Mom and Pop Green to see if it is something that would be welcomed my Matt, family and friends. I was actually thinking of flying up there myself to shake his hand or give him a great big man hug and buy him as much cold beer and pizza as he cares to consume. At the very least, we should let the Rockaway locals know of the future arrival of our beloved hero Matt and let them roll out the red carpet for him.

      • katzien in austin says:

        Oh no, that reads wrong, doesn’t it?? I meant that there’s no traffic/city sounds. I live off a major roadway and near a highway, so to be in the wild and only hear the wind in the trees, the forest sounds of birds and critters, and the water is extrememly peaceful.

        • Jeff says:

          Hip hip horay Katzien. You’ll be ready for your walking trek across the usa in no time. Remember hiking boots not those sneaky tenny runners. Congradulations.

  65. kim says:

    I miss you, Matt.

  66. JLarrry says:

    Fourth day without my daily Matt update! Would someone out there in Montana drive out to where Matt is at and download his stuff and post it on his site, please?

  67. Gentle Giant says:

    Will do if we don’t hear from him soon as its about 140 miles to where his last post was, from here, would have to take the day off. This guy has alot of people watching out for him and that’s good. Your in our prayers Matt.


  68. Donna in MI says:

    Thanks for the fantastic information. You’re so Smart!! Google says it’s 25 miles from Winnett to Grass Range. The map shows he was over half way from Winnett to Grass Range last night. Maybe 15 miles west of Winnett. He probably stopped at the Kozy Bar & Cafe in Winnett to refuel yesterday. So he’s got 10 miles to go to Grass Range and then 34 miles from Grass Range to Lewistown. So from last night when he camped out he’s got 44 miles of just walkin’ and takin’ in the scenery before we get any pics. It’s great to know where he is, and that he’s OK, and now we can hunt him down! No sloughing off on the job for him! He did mention something about that red line moving when he pushes his OK button, and sure enough, it does. I thought he meant the big map. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Donna in MI says:

      Hmmmm…..just thought about his walk. If the Lewistown cell tower signals pick up within 30 miles of Lewistown, we should probably, maybe? hear from him today.

  69. Jeff says:

    Nice legg work Donna.

  70. Laurenis says:

    After hearing from Matt’s dad, and knowing that Matt is a-ok, however lonely with no signal out there, I’m thinking there’s gonna be a whole ‘lotta pics that are going to be posted … Hope you’re hanging in there Matt!

  71. Pacis says:

    Only 479 miles left to climb uphill and 495 down.

    Appx 974 miles to Rockaway Beach, OR taking a fairly direct route. 730 miles if he grows wings and can fly straight.

    Max Elev. 6322′
    Min 5.8′


  72. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    Hey, Dorinda! This is for you only! Sorry, this is the first time that I looked at the site since last night. You didn’t upset me at all! Love reading your posts. You are so funny at times! I think that sometimes reading a comment doesn’t always come across the way it would if someone were face to face. Your cool girl. Keep posting and say it like you mean it!

    • Jeff says:

      Lisa you are so right. Anyone who shares the name of the blue fish in Nemo has to be awesome!

    • Thanks, I appreciate that Lisa. I was pretty upset last night and decided I wasn’t going to do this any more because my comment was obviously misunderstood and I have a hard time explaining what I mean through writing. I’m glad you understand, nothing was meant to insult anyone’s intelligence or manners. Thanks for your understanding and kindness. I’m glad you like my posts. Thanks.
      And God Bless Matt wherever he is. I’m getting worried to but after reading his Dad’s post I feel better that he’s safe, just out of range.

      • Jeff says:

        ahhh the crystal ball never lies…Dori. Welcome back. ..Now where is that Matt…oh I see him in some field, what’s that water covering a road again……

  73. katzien in austin says:

    >sigh< Still nothing from our true traveller. In the meantime, here's something to keep us occupied. The talks from various people are always so amazing, educational, inspirational, and many times, jaw dropping. Check out a few over a cup of coffee. Hey! Anyone on LinkedIn?? I'd love to connect with some of you so we can stay in touch after Matt's journey comes to its (sniff sniff tear) end.

    • Carolyn says:

      Katzien, did you have to say that bad word…”end”. I’m already having major withdrawals and you have the end in sight. I know we will all be cheering for Matt at that word but I can’t face the thought of it yet. Plus I will miss Matt’s Hobo Nation. xoxox Princess Carolyn aka Blackfoot

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      I am on Linkedin but I do not use it much. Last name is Watson. I would love to connect owith others from the HOBO NATION. Already have e-mailed 3-4 or people.

  74. Jeff says:

    Did you contact me at yet? I think you did but if not…shoot me a email. So I can get back to you off page please.

  75. Michael in Atlanta says:

    *stares around the room and sees no Matt*
    *wonders if Matt has a banjo on his knee*
    0 Susannah, don’t you cry for me. I’ve come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee!

    Whatever it looks like on the page, it looked good in the comment box. Time for my nap.

    • Jeff says:

      Michael my brother. Matt is still yonder. pictures will hopefully show up soon. Keep those tunes a coming. Hay speaking of tunes and Atlanta…that (Atlanta) is the home of Casting Crowns. That has nothing to do with Matt though.

      • Michael in Atlanta says:

        Hey brother Jeff!

        We should be in for a picture storm when he gets in to range. Get your umbrellas and MY PICTURES folders ready! When I want to relax at my desk I just run a Picasa slideshow of the trip so far.

        Yes it is their home. They are pretty cool to listen to, aren’t they?

        Chris Tomlin is in Atlanta as well, if you are familiar with him. Would love to go out and hear him one Sunday.

  76. Don in Tennessee says:


    You struck a nerve when you mentioned my buddy Gene Autry. Whatch his TV western show every Saturday morning when I was a kid. The theme song was “I’m back in the saddle again”

    This song was a remake by guess who – AREOSMITH!!!

    Go to this link and listen to and sing along with the words. Change sadlle to feet and we have our MATT HOBO GREEN! We miss you MATT!!! Where are you.

    • Barb C. says:

      Hey Don==What about Roy Rogers==my favorite. Have “Happy Trails” on my Ipod. Christies auction in NY having an auction 15th and 16th, thinga from Roy and Dales museum . Trigger, Bullet, Buttermilk, nellybelle, etc.
      Was glad to hear from Matt’s Dad and about the red line. Hopefully tomorrow he will be in Lewiston and we will get pics and know for sure he is o.k.

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Hey Barb-

        I missed another great one-dad gimmit-that is what happens when you have SOMETIMERS-Sometimes I remember and sometimes I don’t. My wife thinks I never remember. I always remember to get my YUENGLING!!!

        Happy Trails to you until we meet again! Happy trails to you until we meet again! – How appropriate for the current times-as we await anxiously for MATT to welcome back the HOBO NATION!

        Whoa! Nellie!!! Don’t run away from Matt-you have his goodies on board for a safe trip!

  77. John in Redford says:

    Don, Jeff, et all- Since we have become each others entertainment and further source of useless, misc information pending the return of Matt SkyWalker – I share the fact that Gene Autry was the owner of the California Angels baseball team until 1997 AND, Further… Yesterdays All Star game was played at …….while this is not as interesting as Matt’s Pic’s……….Angel Stadium in Aneheim California. I need more coffee!

  78. bullcitymama in NC says:

    whew that was a marathon comment run…

  79. Candice In Alabama says:

    Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
    Don’t fence me in.
    Let me “walk” through the wide open country that I love,
    Don’t fence me in.

  80. Don in Tennessee says:

    Candice In Alabama

    Looks like GENE AUTRY’S COWBOY CODE is applicable to everyone. The world would be a better place if we all followed this code.

    Wonder if Matt has seen The Lone Ranger, Trigger, Dale and Tonto?

    Another great Saturday morning show when I was a kid!

    Actually Matt could be the Lone Ranger right now!
    Trigger could be his three wheeled cart.
    Tonto (Kemo Sabe) meaning trusty scout could be his Driod
    and Dale – well that would be the nice women who feed Matt.


    • Candice in Alabama says:

      The Lone Ranger used to be my boyfriend – I would kiss the tv screen when he came on! Back in my YOUNGER days! :)

  81. Ruthie of CA says:

    Where is Sky King when we need him…

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      RUTHIE OF CA – I have a good friend from college in Pasadena. Are you close?

      AH-Another great Saturday morning tv special –

      “From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King”

      Flying over the Flying Crown Ranch in his 310 Cessna “Songbird”

      Penny – his niece would wave to Sky King and he would wave back with the wings of “Songbird”.

      Maybe we could get Sky King to come from Arizona and watch over our Matt Hobo Green!!!

      I believe I am still a kid at heart.

  82. SandyM says:

    Wow, but loving it.

  83. Jeff says:

    I am gonna try the secret code to get matt back on line with us……

    B I G S K Y !!!!

    is there a new post??

  84. Saun in Ohio says:

    nope no new post = (

  85. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Wow! So many comments to get caught up on!

    Hey Mr. Green – Thanks for the update! I was getting worried about Matt. Glad to hear he’s ok.

    Michael in Atlanta – Chris Tomlin is awesome! He was here in Cincinnati last year and his concert was great!

    Now…….we need Matt!!! It sounds like we’re all going thru withdrawal! :-D

    • Nick in Ohio says:

      Greetings Julie. From another Cincinnatian.. Withdrawal pains can be severe.. Guess I’ll head over to BW3’s for wings and a cold one. Matt hope you’re OK.. As Jeff says, the “Hobo Nation” awaits your return.

  86. John in Redford says:

    OK Don – for $1.39 what was Mr. King’s first name? What about Lash Larue, Hopalong Cassidy and the Cisco Kid?
    Too much coffee!

    • Gayle Opie says:

      I’m not Don but can I play? Sky King = Schuyler King or Skyler King, not sure of the spelling. I didn’t watch Sky King as a kid but I did watch Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and the Cisco Kid. Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok, Lone Ranger and Tonto. Before that I listened to Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke on the radio along with some of those same TV characters.

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Good job Galye Opie!!!

        I can not resist after seeing your last name- I thought of the ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW

        Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, (Ron Howard)as Opie Taylor, Don Knotts as Debuty Barney Fife, Francis Bavier as Aunt Bee, Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle, George Lindsey as Goober Pyle, Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson etc.

        Watch the reruns everyday and still laugh.

        Listen to the music from this show –

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Sky was his first name! Maybe I have had to many YUENGLINGS!!!

      Those were the days!!!!

      We did not even have color television and no cable. We received 3 stations. Guess whcih ones? ABC, CBS & NBC; and TV went off the air at midnight! GO to bed and get some sleep. The internet is shutting down at midnight. The internet CZAR is on the warpath!

      Lest we forget –

      Ah-One, Ah-Two! “CALCUTTA”

      THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW with all of hte bubbles and the Lennon Sisters. Lawrence Welk was born in Strasburg, ND-the last state Matt was in.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      John in Redford-

      I had to take my wife to the Sonic Drive In for a $0.99 sundae – so I was not home when you sent the e-mail out but Gayle Opie did a great job with her answer.

      YES- I am the last of the big spenders-when you are jobless for 12 months it gets that way, but I get spend more time with my beautiful understanding wife and drink YUENGLING before 5:00PM if I want!!!

      Just glad I lived below my mines all of my life.

      Oh where oh where is that HOBO MATT or where oh where could he be!!!

  87. SandyM says:

    I see Matt is quickly approaching Lewistown, MT. I had a short pitstop in Lewistown once when I did a roadtrip from Oh to Seattle, nice town with nice folks. Has one of those great regional small town museums that are fun to browse in to find oddities, hopefully Matt will get to experience the fun of Lewistown as I did. Nice little park to relax in, had a picnic lunch there. He should definately get cell reception there, I did.

  88. John in Redford says:

    And the winner is “Gayle Opie”! The correct answer is Skyler – Well done! I now owe you $1.39 and my undying appreciation. I think Matt had better get back on line soon or there are a lot of folks who are going to: 1) start some bad habits 2) find or change religious directions 3) start a road trip to western Montana (with a satilite phone and portable generator). Picked a bad time to quit smokin!

  89. Craig ( NC!) says:

    I was so looking forwards to seeing new pics and knowing Matt was doing ok.
    hurried my a$$ home from water aerobics class (after working a 9 hour day)
    thinking about Matt and his new exploits and pictures and NADA!
    What a bummer!
    Jeff…any insider info? (salutations to you and yours , btw…)

    • Craig ( NC!) says:

      Must be in Verizon country. maybe it like lousy T-Mobile service out there?

      • Craig ( NC!) says:

        I meant to say ” He must not be in Verizon Country, maybe he’s in like lousy T-Mobile service area?
        ..or the dreaded “dead zone”?
        (But most of T-Mobile Area Map is pretty much a dead zone… grrrrrrrrrrr

  90. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    ok then early tv shows. how about Zorro with his sidekick Poncho or maybe the Andy Devine Show with his animal side kicks of Midnight the Cat and Squeaky the Mouse. during the week there was Hoowdy Doody with Buffalo Bob Smith, Clarabell, Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring, Mr Bluster, Dilly Dally and of course the inimitable Hoowdy Doody. i was actually part of the Peanut Gallery. heck, i’m so damned old i remember stick figures in cartoons on tv; comedy that was really funny, live tv shows without canned laughter.

    Ok George who are our next contestants. well Groucho we have ………………………

    MAtt, help! hurry back! i’m losing it big time. lol

    God bless you all my online friends.

    Ho yo Silver away.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Right on Mike in Phoenix, AZ-

      How was Zorro always able to cut a perfect Z in the shirt of his enemies? Was that cool or what. Se Senior-Zorro – Me Poncho like!


      Were you Alfalfia or Buckwheat?

      Just thought of another one – AMOS AND ANDY SHOW – black comedy radio and tv show. It was hilarious!


  91. mojinator says:


    i can’t read em all… *phew*

  92. Jeannie in PA says:

    Thought I’d add one more post to the 261 comments. Matt, stop by again on your walk back!

  93. Candice in Alabama says:

    Matt’s back! Forward Troops!

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