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.
The name Descheemaeker seemed a bit unusual, so I went in search for information on it. Imagine my surprise when I found an article about this very ranch. Is there nothing that is not on the Internet?
I wonder, too, about the meaning of the “E” and the “6” on the sign. That’s probably their brand, but I wonder why it was chosen.
I found that article quite interesting. I didn’t realize how much work/tech/science/genetics went into getting “tender beef”. That is amazing.
http://www.tendercross.com/ – found this in trying to find the “brand” explanation for the Facedown E with the hanging 6.
Thanks, Candice. Love “Flash,” the bull.
Wondering also about the E-6 brand (assume it’s the brand they use on their cattle anyway!). According to the article, the family has been cattle ranching for 3 generations and started developing the “Tendermax” breeding program only six years ago. Logically that leads me to believe the ranch could have been named the Descheemaeker Cattle Ranch before 2004…there are six “E”s in “Descheemaeker Cattle Ranch” so there’s a possibility that’s where the brand E-6 came from.
Yikes, I could read that article but I didn’t really understand it! I grew up a rural kid and am living in a rural farming area again but farming & ranching have been high tech for some time now. What the heck is a terminal sire? And do I REALLY want to know? Is that similar to what happens with a black widow and her mate???? :o)
Sadly – right click, search with Google, any terms/phrases you desire – Terminal sire – http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_terminal_sire
It means the breeding stops here!
Genetix, quotha? Bull, I think they use more prosaic methods, such as the Comfy Chair E6 or the Rack 101, time tested solutions warranted to soften up even the toughest meats and hardened flesh. But they can also prepare cold cuts in brine, smoked or just plain dried on scaffolding. Moreover, there’re rigorous quality controls to ensure no artificial additives are added to their preparations and potations. See?
Matt – You’re back! Woohoo!
I’ve had my Matt fix this morning – waited the hour for my “take on an empty stomach” meds, going to go brew some Dr. Perky (Folgers).
One lump or two?
I’ve seen Dr. Perky as a generic Dr. Pepper. Don’t think I would want it brewed.
it’s good to see you posting again Matt! Glad you are safe!
Yes very glad your safe Matt and its good to see you posting again. MT is a very big state Matt so have fun out there and you will meet some interesting people on your way.
I can be somewhat of a fanatic when it comes to things like recycling, non-Monsanto seeds and local ’causes.’ For this reason, I won’t let myself watch Food Inc or read articles about mass-produced food/meats. I also won’t read that article on tender beef. Would there be anything left for me to eat? I’ve got a freezer full of chicken, pork, beef, goat and lamb that I just can’t throw out.
We can have a HOBO NATION celebration and I am sure we can help you take care of you freezer vittles. Not much on lamb or goat but the chicken, pork and beef sound good.
I wish we did not have some many additviesin our food-I really think a lot of our cancer issues are caused by these additives!
I have been a fanatic about recycling as well Katzien. I’ve had to give it up somewhat since the city stopped curbside pickup. There was some rumer about a “plasma” plant perhaps coming to our area. Now that would be great, if plasma plants can do what they say they can do. Convert ALL garbage to energy with no emissions.
oops – cows on my mind too much – rumer should be RUMOR.
They stopped recycling?? Criminal. Write your city council and give them an earful!
In the city where I live they stopped curbside recycling but have bins by our city hall for us to take our recyclables to. It’s very nice and is always full. This way we don’t pay for curbside service but it is still available to use. And this city uses it big time. Contact your city Candice and see what alternatives are available.
They only stopped the once weekly curbside pickup and established “drop off” points for every other Saturday. I still take my stuff to a local recycler – at MY convenience. I’m just not as fanatical,because of space requirements, about separating EVERTHING LITTLE RECYCLABLE THING. I would love for our city to get a Plasma plant!
Try working directly with a rancher – one who specializes in grass fed beef. See http://www.eatwild.com/products/texas.html as an example of what alternatives are out there.
Oh my goodness, I know. I watched Food Inc and i swear it was traumatizing… but so so eye openning. It makes me wonder if enough people watch it, could change be brought about?
I have a few freinds who “cow-pool.” They go halves on a grass fed cow and get all kinds of steaks and cuts. I’d love to do that too. I’m also a member of a CSA (www.urbanpatchwork.com) and get some weekly veggies and eggs, but I still need to buy veggies at my local grocery store. Other friendly meats can be found at local farmers’ markets, but always for twice the price per pound. It’s enough to make me go vegetarian out of budgetary necessity. ;-)
Welcome back Matt! The Hobo Nation is whole again!
Welcome back Matt, we have all missed you! I must say your pics are the highlight of my day. It really breaks up the work day dulldrums. Thanks Matt!! Thanks to the lovely family that hosted you.
Can you imagine the pressure for the cows? They must be just anxiety ridden beasts. WILL I BE TENDER ENOUGH!?!?!? Do you get a fork stuck in you before slaughter to test? OUCH! Get ’em some zanax and let ’em graze!
I was missing Matt the last few days, but I figured he might be somewhere with no cell reception.
An old friend of mine calls places like that “Out where God lost His shoes.”
cause he knew Matt needed them.
LOL !!! Oh Jeff, good one.
So glad to see new posts! I was getting worried! At this pace you’ll be in Washington pretty soon. :)
Ahhh….I just love the Hobo Nation! The spunky comments are a great addition to the awesome posts Matt puts up. Always, always, always a highlight to my day. Thank you Matt…thank you to the families that take good care of you along the way and thanks to everyone out there who contribute in this great way. It’s epic people…just epic!
He’s back!!!!! I checked in while I’m at work and this just made my day!! Finally my withdrawals are over! :-D Glad to hear you’re safe Matt and I’m so glad you had a place to stay last night to take a break from the tent.
Matt – may be passing by – Hope the 10 minute interval image captures “capture” Matt! Matt estimated 11:15 Mountain time to be passing the station: http://rwis.mdt.mt.gov/scanweb/SWFrame.asp?Pageid=Camera&Units=English&Groupid=&Siteid=268005&Senid=&WxId=2685&DisplayClass=Java&SenType=All&SenStatus=&Camera=1
Bummer! I missed him, and the picture won’t show on my work computer…I’ll have to watch it at home. Happy trails buddy!!
doh! I knew my job would interfere with HoboNation business one of these days! I’ve gone and missed the weather station appearance!
I posted a screen grab on the facebook page – that features Matt.
Darn – that’s not right – try this:
Thanks Candice… I was able to see Matt !~
Is this Matt’s facebook page or did someone make this up for him? Is it yours? I don’t have a facebook page nor will I get one so I don’t understand if it’s your page, his page or if someone made it up about him?
I just saw Matt at the Weather Station! – 11:16 AM!
Saw him too, Pretty cool
That was pretty cool – wasn’t it! :)
he got our emails. I told him that it was a 15 minute wait between two shots. I said it is only 15minutes…
You rock Candice. I don’t care what Phenias or Ferb might say.
I’m not sure what Phineas or Ferb might say – But I’ll find out! – http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/phineasandferb/
Aw Man! You mean I missed it? Was anyone able to save a camera shot of it to their computer? (don’t know if you could do that as I’m not the “tech dept.” in my family).
I got you covered. Will email it to you tonight.
Jeff, can you e-mail it to me as well? I missed it. I will go back through past comments to find your e-mail address.
You da man Jeff, you da man. Thanks buddy. : )
Me too please! I’d be curious to see if Jeff’s snag is a bit closer up shot that the screen shot Candice was able to post on facebook…what’s the walking pool email address I should use to get my email addy to you Jeff?
I did not know that ants had tender lil ers!
I keep learning new things everyday-what a great world we live in.
Glad you are back with us and thinks for the e-mail report last night for me to give the HOBO NATION. I went to bed at 11:00 PM last night and did not get the message until this morning after almost everyone else had found you again.
Tell your Mom and Dad we apprecaite them sharing with us info. about how they know you are safe each night.
Heel Toe, Heel Toe – keep walkin’ my dear Matt – keep walkin’
I saw Matt too!!!.
He even waved at me.
Did he wave at anyone else?
Thank you Matt for pausing long enough to be “captured” by the Lewistown weather tower camera – and thanks for putting up with all my emails about it – I’ll leave you in peace NOW! :) Thanks again for sharing your journey, your humor and your good naturedness. Best wishes and safe travels! I’m still VICARIOUSLY enjoying YOUR journey!
Thanks it has been a while since we had vicariously or matt !
I missed him live, but saw him on the loop. Very cool. Thanks for the link, Candace.
I missed him live too, but saw him on the loop. pretty cool
Anyone else notice that he apparently started the trip off the coast of Ghana according to the little map now?
A Homerian Odyssey. In two thousand and ten, Matt Green did strongly swim, from Gham to Far Rockaway. Now he’s walking the rest of the day until he reaches yon other Rockaway….
Ghana, even. Gham is different.
lol, besides seeing Matt update again, that beautiful passage made my day. Considering the time he’s been making, though, he might as well walk back and then swim to Ghana anyways. Ya know, just to prove how BA he is.
I never get a live feed…just the stop and loop thing
That’s all it was – a stop and loop thing. Matt sat still long enought for his picture to be taken. But still – IT DID CAPTURE HIM – that one brief moment in time!
Didn’t see him…or was he the one hitching a ride on the back of that truck hauling a tractor???…course I didn’t get to look until 2:20 CDT…well, okay…I may have missed him…but I’m still not sure he wasn’t waving at me from the back of the tractor…whadaya think???
anyone looking for a screen shot curtousey of Candice (phenias and Ferb love thier sister candice) email me at mattwalkingpool@yahoo and I will send you the shot I got. T-shirts are 20 bucks….coffee mugs 5….Wave from Matt…priceless.
Do you take stimulas credit cards (U S Government IOUS)?
Matt will hopefully be in Lewiston soon. I still have a sleeping bag and fishing pole I bought there 14 years ago. I suggest you get yourself a weekend fishing license and relax and do some fishing while you are there.
I agree with that, Christine – good fishing around Lewistown.
I can’t believe I mispelled Lewistown. I guess my mind spelled it the way it sounds, the way they pronounce it. It took me a while to get that right while I was there. We would go to Lewistown for groceries and other items. They have rodeos there quite often too. Matt needs to take more breaks, especially before the mountains. This is a good place to spend a few days. Hopefully someone is watching and will take him fishing and put him up for a good rest. Peace
If your gonna cattle rustle, might as well make sure they worth eating.
I have emailed the shot to all who have asked. Just remember it might come into span folders….but it is there. Sent it at about 7:30pm eastern time
Glad to see you safe and posting! Thanks for keeping all of us updated! Love logging on to see your adventures. I learn something new everyday! God, keep Matt safe!
That Tendermax Beef sign belongs to my brother. Love the comments and I thought I would help with some of the questions raised in the comments– the brand is called “walking E hanging 6” and it has been in the family for many years. People who liked the movie Food Inc. should really like what my brother is doing. He is committed to raising all natural beef without the aid of any antibiotics or hormones. The Piedmontese breed of cattle carry a natural tenderness gene and my brother is selecting for this characteristic in the cattle he is raising.
I’m glad Matt had a chance to see this part of Montana– most people that visit Montana just see it from the Interstate Highway. I now live in California but enjoy every opportunity I have to visit the ranch!
Awesome. Thanks for sharing. You should tell your brother to give a coupon code for Hobo Nation! I would order.