Day 116

Great Falls, MT

July 20th, 2010

Rest day!


  1. young says:

    Woohoo!!! I am the first to comment on this awesome photo of Matt!

  2. Stephen says:

    Is that ladder the only way to the roof?

  3. Sarah in OR says:

    My freshman roommate in college was from Great Falls. You’re just truckin’ right along…

  4. montana lover says:

    Hope you took the opportunity to visit the very excellent Lewis & Clark Museum in Great Falls.

  5. katzien in austin says:

    What do you do on Rest Days?? You gotta hang out and nap somewhere right?

  6. young says:

    I wonder if that red light was put there to keep people from driving straight into the Civic Center?

  7. A well deserved rest in deed! Please rest up we worry about you here in the hobo nation and want you to be okay. Hope you rest for even 2 days. You deserve it and I think we all can agree you need it. You’ve walked a long way so far and have little left but that little can be a lot because of the mountains. Rest up Matt. Have a good day.

    This civic center is nice looking. Glad you made it to Great Falls.

  8. Steve Bolstad says:

    Welcome to Great Falls! Hope you have a great stay!

  9. Don in Tennessee says:

    OK- you are in Great Falls and you are resting today!

    1. Pick up your new pair of boots at P. O.
    2. Have your Civics Lesson at the civic center – that is what that place is for, isn’t it?
    3. Test the new chocolate covered prunes for proper consistency.
    4. Have a ice cold mug or two of your favorite libation.
    5. Rest your feet- go have a foot massage and manicure – you know get rid of the TOE JAM
    6. Hope someone feeds you your favorite meal!
    7. Enjoy your day off.
    8. Last but not least -CALL MOM & DAD!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Is that like Tennessee Toe Jam? (Some preserves a friend of mine received in a gift basket)!

  10. Michelle says:

    Hey…I used to live in Butte. Great country out there…a nice place to rest.
    Peace, Michelle from Providence

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      I am going to go ahead and assume you are from Rhode Island. My mother’s parents immagrated to the U. S from Bradford, England in 1910. They settled in RI and my mother was born in Johnston and grew up in Pawtucket. My grandparents are buried in Central Falls in the Moshassuck Cemetery.

      My mother, who passed away in 1963 from cancer, has a childhood friend who still lives on Lennon Street in Providence. Beautiful state – Newport is just beautiful!

    • katzien in austin says:

      Sadly, I knew I would find at least mean and snarky comment about that story in the Great Falls Tribune. If only they would begin the journey from Day 1 and get to know the Matt we know and love. Otherwise, nice story. They are all reading the same, arent’they?? The various stories about Matt as he passes through towns. The one really great story I recall was from the Brooklyn Rail by a writer named Kim. Thanks Don!

      • Don in Tennessee says:

        Katzien in austin

        I read that comment from the person who did not take the time to go to Matt’s website (given in the article) and do the research before passing judgement or making negative comments. I started to reply to his (crap) but he nor his remarks are worthy!

        This person is probably just jealous he is not doing this, or thanks Matt is a bum, or maybe he is just an idiot! I tend to think the latter.

        He is not a part of the HOBO NATION – thank goodness!

        The article is very good and makes good of Matt and what he is doing!

      • Ray says:

        Yes, it’s a shame. Some people in this town are extremely closed minded. I think it’s a great adventure.

      • Jeff says:

        Katzien, it was a good read. If the comments bother you dont look. They have not been along for the ride. They comment on a snippet not the experience. Take it from me I have had my fair share of haters recently.

      • Barb V from Michigan says:

        In a country plagued with sky-rocketing unemployment, I can see why one’s mind would automatically assume that Matt lost his job. Well, we know what assume does… makes an ass out of u and me. If the man who left the comment was interested enough to read the article, maybe he’ll follow through with that interest by catching up with Matt on imjustwalkin. And then maybe, just maybe, he’ll have revelation, seek forgiveness, find redemption, and jump on the bandwagon to Hobo Nation in support of an amazing young man (yes, Matt, you’re young compared to me) who has become a source of inspiration and light to those who have come along to “walk” beside him. Maybe.

    • Glenda says:

      The picture is taken just after i and the boys walked with him just a short distance, I caught up to Matt just before that on the hill behind him.

      • Barb C. says:

        Glenda, I’m so jealous that you got to meet “our Matt ‘ and walked with him. As far as the comment in the paper====
        well you can’t please everyone. Matt has the love and support of so many good people that we can overcome one “bad” apple!!!!!

      • MN Roxanne says:

        Glad you looked up Matt, Glenda and walked with him… fun to put his face with the name… he’s such a nice guy… you’ve been waiting patiently for him to get to Great Falls. So glad he’s taking a well deserved rest!

    • Craig ( NC!) says:

      fantastic find don!

    • Janine says:

      Great article, Don! Thanks for sharing!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      What the heck does this mean???? How in the world do the get the “May we….”?!?!??!:

      “The front of Green’s cart reads “We may never meet again,” though it’s often misread as the far less generous “May we never meet again.”

  11. Sherry in Houston says:

    Agreed, thanks Don. I thought the same thing Katzien. If that person would just go back to Day 1. I got “here” on Day 62 and went all the way back within a few days.

    • Donna in Texas says:

      Sherry, I got on about the same time you did, and did the same. Even if I don’t post much, I’m following along with all of you regulars and feel that I know you. Matt is an inspiration to many across the nation. Even those of us who will never meet him at all.

  12. katzien in austin says:

    Well, you know what they say. You can’t please all the people all the time. ;-) IF they are at all curious, they’ll check out the site find out they were the topic of a few conversations. heehee

  13. Nick in Ohio says:

    Let’s not focus on the one negative.. Matt I am sure has inspired every one of us. Mainly we live VICARIOUSLY (just for you Jeff) through his feet and eyes. Matt, enjoy your much needed rest day. From all of us in Hobo Nation (hope ya’ll don’t mind me speaking for all) keep safe, healthy, and content on your journey.

  14. Craig ( NC!) says:

    “Matt has left the building!” is a phrase that is often used by public address announcers following Matt Green’s walk-bys to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of a Matt encore. Jeff (no last name, just Jeff), a website announcer who has monitored Matt’s travels throughout his journey across America, made the phrase famous when his voice was captured on many recordings of Matts’ journeys.
    “Matt has left the building, please return to you seats for a few moments..take a breath and slowly follow the exit signs out to your parking area” Please ask for help getting to your car please ask one of our many attendants, and please check the Great Falls Civic Center Calender for future events.
    Have a Great Evening and Drive Home Safe.

    • Jeff says:

      Matt has left the building. Craig, thank you for the report…..Walk on Matt….take a picture….tell us what you think….then the nation of hobo’s will chime in…..Cause that is what we do…..Cheers Matt…..

  15. Gigi says:

    Have a great rest Matt, you deserve it.

  16. Candice in Alabama says:

    Good Heavens Matt – 50 comments – PLUS you are in Great Falls, MT already!?!?!?! – Did the chocolate covered prunes compel you to such speed!

  17. Jeff says:

    Perky prunes at that.

  18. Candice in Alabama says:

    Matt – I’m glad to hear you are taking a break – because “I” need one! :)

    I hope you get plenty of R & R (rest and re-hydration). Re-hydration due to Perky Prune effects.

    I’m going to catch up with this days worth of “we may never meet again” and then hit the sack!

    Best wishes from Candice in Alabama.


  19. GardenStater says:

    Can’t believe it–I was there! When I did the national tour of “Urban Cowboy: The Musical” (yes, there is such a show…) we played Great Falls, and performed in the Civic Center! Great Falls was a nice town, as I recall.

  20. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Hope you’re having a great day of rest, Matt! You deserve it!

  21. Tim in Texas says:

    I am even more impressed now that I know that Matt is “a civil engineer who design highways.” Talk about some in depth research … Does this make the entire trip tax deductible?

  22. charlie says:

    interesting yet odd that Rte 200 crosses thru Malmstrom AFB on the way to Great Falls, yet Matt mentioned nothing about the path…..or did Uncle Sam forbid the taking of photographs??? hmmmmm.

  23. charlie says:

    gee, just a days walk WNW from great falls, is Choteau, MT….home of David Letterman’s ranch!

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