Day 120

The Lincoln Welcome Committee

July 24th, 2010

The sign was originally two-sided, but someone stole the back of it about 15 minutes after they set it out!


  1. Jeff says:

    You get more popular the further west you go. Amazing isn’t it. In the more populated just kept walking realy, in the least dense areas….people are hunting you down…..Wait..Hunting you down…hope you don’t end up as a trophy in some grocery store…….lol

    Nice people of Lincoln, MT.. Thanks for laying out the welcome……Mat.

    • Jeffvench says:

      NEWSFLASH……. A band of little green plastic TOY soldiers were seen with a part of a welcome Matt sign. If you seen them be very careful. Put all zuzu pets away and call your local Extermiantor. The Toy Slayer has returned…. He is moving up to bigger things

    • Craig ( NC!) says:

      Jeff… if my netbook screen does not fail me..does it looks like a little less than 90 miles or so to Idaho?

      • Stephen says:

        Hi Craig,
        According to Google Maps, it is 121 miles from the center of Lincoln to the Idaho border taking U.S. 200 to U.S. 12. If Matt is doing about 23 miles or so per day, he should hit Idaho sometime late this week. Way to go Matt!! You really are in the home stretch!!!

    • Nick in Ohio says:

      the people of Lincoln, MT must be living vicariously through Matt’s journey. Eh Jeff?

      • Jeff says:

        eh, is right. Vicariously. You wonder how they knew he was coming…relative, newspaper…tv. Howd they know to be on the lookout for him. Like I said above. So less populated a area…..but they knew there was this guy about to walk through there town.

        • Oh Jeff, I’m sure that Glenda, Chaser1, Nik in Lewistown, Sarah, and the many other Montanan’s let others know he was a comin’ round that mountain! He’s been on the news, the newspaper, radio talk, etc. about this Matt Green walking across America coming there way. Yeah, I wonder how they knew? hmmm….. he he

  2. Yeosaph Ferguson says:

    You have to try some Huckleberries while you’re in the area. It’s the season and boy are they good. I’d walk across Montana for some; they’re that good.

  3. charlie says:

    most remarkable. how ‘well-known’ your trek has become. (what was on the back of the sign, the same as the front? )

  4. Craig ( NC!) says:

    hehehehe someone stole the back of it? Do Tell!

  5. Christine says:

    This is so cool! These people are great. I wonder if they will ever discover who took the back of the sign. The plot thickens. Thanks fine folks of Lincoln, MT for giving Matt such a warm welcome! Maybe you can convince Matt to rest a spell.

  6. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    That is awesome!! I love the way people are making you feel so welcome! It really makes you believe that there are still good-hearted people in this world (except for the not-so-good people who stole the other side of the sign…..). Many thanks to all of those people for their kindness!

  7. Don in Tennessee says:


    PENNY (Lincoln, MT) for your thoughts when you first saw this sign. You are getting more attention and exposure due to the length of your trek. Small town America rocks compared to large cities.

    I just love small towns in America because of all of the kind and generous people you have met!

  8. Steph says:

    Now that’s just fantastic!

  9. Dan says:

    Hope you get Huckleberry pancakes in the morning!

  10. Lori in Ohio says:

    Matt and the people he meets across America reminds me of ” On the road with Howard Kuralt”, seeing all of the good that us as Americians still have in us.

  11. b. sawyer says:

    thanks for chatting with me for a moment. i had left and flipped my car around because i really wanted to say hello, so thanks for making my day.
    cheers and good luck with your voyage.

    • LOL. When I first started reading your comment and got to the “I had left and flipped my car” I thought Oh my gosh! They flipped their car over trying to see Matt. Literally flipped your car over. But then reading on I realize you just turned your car around. he he. Glad you got to talk to Matt.

    • Janine says:

      You talked to Our Matt, B! You’re a Hobo Nation VIP!

  12. How cool is that?! Dude you’re a rock star! Bigger than a rock star! That had to be one of the most awesomest experiences to date. Such a fan club you’re building. And the cheering section is getting pretty big too. Go Matt! Go Lincoln, MT! You guys rock!

    • Stephen says:

      I just have to say, I love the word “awesomest”!!! I personally use it very often, along with “awesomer”!!!!!

  13. deanna valenti meyer says:

    That is the best thing I’ve seen today! Way to go you awesome people of Lincoln! Thanks for welcoming Matt…I believe the Hobo Nation is growing by leaps and bounds.

  14. Gigi says:

    Cool! Thank you to the Lincoln Welcome Committee. Bet your passing by was the highlight of the day. Happy walking Matt.

  15. Candice in Alabama says:

    How sweet! A welcoming committee! Matt – you are famous!

  16. Candice in Alabama says:

    Everyone have a great Sunday – Dr. Perky calls!

  17. Shannon says:

    Who would do such a thing as steal the back of the sign?! Oh well, there are many more good than bad in the world as you seem to be proving more and more each post.

    Maybe it was a crazed fan? :)

  18. Lori says:

    Craig (in NC)… more like about 190 miles to Idaho on Matt’s route. To see some of the spectacular N. Idaho views along his planned route. go to Google Images and search “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes”.

    The trail is a biking (or in Matt’s case, walking) trail that goes for miles through N. Idaho along the Coeur d’Alene River & Lake and several smaller lakes. At one point, it even goes across the lake on a bridge. This is “my neck of the woods”!

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      Thank you for sharing this information. SPUD STATE-one of those places I have yet to visit but hope to soon!

      • Oh Don you need to go. I was there one time for about 1 day and sat and listened to the silence. And if you’ve never heard it you need to. It was awesome! I absolutely loved it. And for those who have no idea what I mean, go to Idaho in a small away town and listen. There was no car noise, no truck noise, no people noise, nothing and it was beautiful. I’ve never experienced anything like it before, not even here in the east in the woods. You have to go experience it at least once in your life. It’s just the awesomest silence you’ll ever hear.

    • MN Roxanne says:

      So good to hear there are more folks waiting for Matt to arrive in their neck of the woods… be on the look out!

  19. Lori says:

    The Spuds grow in the South part of the state… we grow trees, huckleberries, elk, deer, fish, bald eagles, osprey and BEARS up here! ;-)

    Trivia fact of the day: Did you know more potatoes are grown in Eastern Washington than in Idaho? I’m a walking encyclopedia of useless knowledge…

    • But I really like your knowledge and don’t find it useless, at least here to us. Thanks for the local information. Appreciated.

    • Don in Tennessee says:


      All of that knowledge was SPUDTABUIOS!!! I have to admit I do not know anything about the state of Idaho – Yes I do. Lori just gave me an educational experience on Idaho.

      Thank you Lori and I will put visiting your great state on my agenda.


      The silence sounds wonderful to me.

      So here goes again-because SILENCE IS GOLDEN!

  20. Jacob says:

    That’s great. Makes me wonder how big the crowd will be at Rockaway Beach for your final arrival!

    • He’s gonna have a huge crowd there to welcome him. They will probably even go out on the road and walk him in. After all, he will be in Portland before he gets to Rockaway and I’m sure by that time everyone will know who Matt Green is. And Rockaway has already been notified of his coming.

  21. Tracey says:

    I think it would be cool to be there at Rockaway Beach! I’ve been a keepin track daily of your journey and this is my first time commenting.

  22. Kevin from NC says:

    Obviously the stolen sign will fetch a premium price on ebay!??……why would somebody take that? just proves that some people will steal anything if it isn’t bolted down. I seem to remember something about people gift wrapping their garbage and leaving it in their unlocked cars during a NYC sanitation strike. With predictable yet happy results.

  23. dee says:

    That is so sweet!

  24. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Now that’s encouragement! Way to go, Lincoln MT!

  25. Linda says:

    you’re famous Matt! This was so nice of them to welcome you to Lincoln MT.

    safe trip Matt

  26. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Nice job Lincoln, MT!

  27. Rhea says:

    One of my favorite posts to date! The lady with the pink hat is adorable! Keep up the walking Matt! Thanks Lincoln for the awesome welcome!

  28. vj says:

    I’m with Rhea — I love the fact that some of the citizens of Lincoln Montana held a welcoming party for you. It is excellent.

    The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is absolutely gorgeous.

    I hope we can have a huge welcoming party when you’re coming into Portland!

  29. Pacis says:

    Crime in small town America! Probably make the local rag front page. I can just see the headline-

    ‘Brazen Daylight Theft Leaves Town Shaken And Signless’

    The biggest news since Mrs. Bee’s Huckleberry pie disappeared from her kitchen windowsill.

    Last year traveled all 48 lower States on my scooter and while in a small town (if you can call 3 buildings a town) in Missouri I stopped at a tiny market and walked in my my helmet on. This 50’ish lady screams and runs out the back and the young girl behind the counter ducks beneath it mumbling. I grabbed my usual Payday candy and Coke and stood at the counter waiting for girl to take my money. She looks up at me from the floor and asks “You want to pay for it?” my reply, “Is the food here free?”. The girl realizes I’m not robbing them and goes to the backdoor and screams at the owner lady it’s a false alarm. Owner lady carefully comes back in and then tells me the story of the armed robbery the day before by someone in a motorcycle helmet that looked like mine and with my build and after robbing them told them he’d shoot them both if they came outside after the robbery. Owner lady tells me she is glad she didn’t dial the Sheriff, she would have, but she was so scared her fingers wouldn’t work.

  30. Janine says:

    Thank you, Lincoln, MT, for welcoming Our Matt so warmly! Sorry about the crime wave. Someone please make sure Our Matt gets huckleberries!

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