Day 132

Downtown Tekoa

August 5th, 2010


  1. hks says:

    love the murals, seams like an artsy place

  2. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    City hall 1909-looks like a happy face. And very colorful museum there. Did you go inside at all?

  3. Jeff says:

    I see nothing but a white screen…they still block my matt pictures..but they can’t block the spirit. I googled your path and see a visual…..nice. surely nice.

  4. deb says:

    Museum AND library. That must be an honest to goodness public library because it says, “Make a splash” on the window. That was the ALA’s official Summer Reading Program theme. Cool!

  5. Jeff says:

    update!: Matt is 437 miles from touchdown. If he walks without sleeping (what you think dorinda) he would be done in 6 days 3 hours……I’m not thinking that is gonna happen….but that is the update. Now to you Jane….

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      LOL !!! Why not Jeff?? Don’t you walk in the wee hours of the morning? No, Matt needs sleep for sure but he does seem to be up with the sun to walk and then down with the sun in the evening to rest. Surely don’t want our adventure over THAT

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        Darn! hit wrong key. I meant to say ” THAT quick”!

      • Jeff says:

        yes..wee hours- before the sun kisses the horzon good morning. Got caught in a Heavy tropical storm today. Hope matt’s walk is safer. At least my wife came to get me ..OUR matt is on his own. But you said it, I think, the end is in sight. But I think he will take the time to not rush and breath each bit of fresh air and touch each flower….and wave at each and every being he passes.

        • Barb V from Michigan says:

          Also, it’s been some time since Matt took a break. Don’t you think he’ll be taking a day or two off soon? Matt, I’m surprised you didn’t take a couple of days to rejuvenate at Coeur d’Alene. Lord knows you deserve it. I hope you’ve planned a break soon so you can be strong for your final stretch. Matt, please rest! OK – now the mom in me is coming out.

          • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

            I would doubt Matt would take a break now. I think he wants to get this done. And he’s gotta get a “super charge” of excitement for being almost done. A rush of adrenaline from crossing the state line that like he said touches the Pacific ocean. Would be nice though if he took a break in Portland seeing as how he’s going to be going through there.

    • Michael in Atlanta says:

      Ummm. Matt…
      if you hotwired that van you could make it in time for me to win the “guess when Matt gets to Rockaway contest”

      Otherwise, I’m up hobo creek without a stick with a bandana hanging on the end with my food in it. (What DO you call those things?)

      whaddya think?

      • Jeff says:


        un palo con una ahorcadura de pañuelo en el fin con mi alimento en ello

        • Michael in Atlanta says:

          asi es. Gracias, mi estimado hermano, Jeff.

          • Michael in Atlanta says:

            Google infoms me that this stick is called a “bindle” stick, or….
            surprise of surprises…
            a HOBO stick!

          • Jeff says:

            Prego!! I publicaly say, anyone (I mean you my brother) who takes their vacation time and uses it to the betterment of god’s children (young and old), most especialy those in need, ranks with all the top, blessed people we have met along this Journey of Matts… my little attempt at spanish was my Thank You. August 10th..Is coming and I recall that to be your date. If he is not there he will be almost there….and that gets you a Yahoooo I almost won.

    • Gigi says:

      What’s the earliest date on the pool Jeff? Did somebody ever submit a date in August for Matt’s touchdown in Rockaway Beach, Oregon?

  6. katzien in austin says:

    So 437 miles to go, at an average of 23 miles per day = 19 days until Rockaway. Twenty five miles per pay puts him there in 17 days. I wonder if he’ll take another “rest day” or two before then??

  7. Joel Archer says:

    Welcome to Washington! I was born in Spokane and went to college at Washington State University in Pullman…you’re basically in my backyard! Keep on Truckin’!

  8. Oh I feel it!!!…the anticipation comes through almost every word written…”Calm down, now.” (my Mom used to always say, and add a “Calm down.” for emphasis)…”We have to learn to wait”…and that is something “I” always said to my kids and now grandkids…it will all work out in some grand plan…and what is that grand plan???…I have no idea…so: “Calm down, now…Clam down”…(it always seems to work for my Mom…a little harder for me.)…

    I look forward to the end…for Matt it has to be a goal reached…that is good…and this has not all been “fun” for him…so being over will be good for that reason…but for all of us…the many reasons we keep coming back, day after day and for many, month after month…those reasons will be processed in many ways…and most will be good…

    So all of this…I have enjoy beyond my words to say…and though there are a number of days yet ahead…this has been “all good”…and will be…thanks y’all…

  9. Don in Tennessee says:

    TEKOA- means “CITY OF TENTS” from HEBREW

    Very Interesting- history lesson ofr the day

    Love these old small towns with lots of history!

  10. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Okay, which window is the mayor’s office?

  11. Chrissy Cleveland Hts, OH says:

    OH NO!!! Slow down!!! What am I going to have to look forward to once he gets to Rockaway?!?!? Its like that Movie with Jim Carey ( Truman I Think).. The screen will go blank, no more “trekking “along with Matt and back to the grind of sitting behind a desk without the “I wonder where Matt is today”….. What a sad sad day that will be =(

    • Jeff says:

      oh now….vlekempt again…tissues anyone…

      • Jose in Chicago says:

        I’m going to miss the great pictures and awesome reading!!!

      • Chrissy Cleveland Hts, OH says:

        I have tissues, and the box is in the shape of a cut piece of watermelon =) and what is vlekempt? and Jeff.. if you need a tissue you are more than welcome to use one of mine…. it may be slightly used but still better than a piece of used toilet paper! Have a Great Night!

        • jeff says:

          chrissy…..ok that is it I am moving to Ohio after all this!!!

          verklempt….I spelled it wrong above….I used to think it was a yiddish word…but it is german in origion…but it means choked up. Mike meyers did a skit on Saturday night live and this was one of the Tag lines……

          Thanks for the tissue offer. I may need one used or not. Not a cryer…but man it will be sad when……but it isn’t yet.
          You too on the good night…Matt he’s dreaming of the final mile by now.

          • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

            See Jeff?? You really do need to move here to Ohio! Matt has many fans here in the “heart of it all”! : )

  12. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Matt has been on quite the journey with the end in sight. I’m just hoping he won’t pass my area by while I’m on vacation!!! I’ll be so sad if I’ve waited all this time and won’t even get to meet him. :( If that’s the case, I’m hoping to be at Rockaway when he gets there…

    This journey means a lot to Matt…and also to a lot of us. It’s been really awesome getting to know some of you…the Hobo Planet….you are all a great bunch of people!! I’m not sure Matt even thought about how his journey would bring together so many people. It’s all very neat and I’m glad to be a small, small part of it.

    Guess who’s verklepmt now Jeff? :)


    Congratulations, Matt. You have found the spiritual path to freedom for both body and soul. Never stop exploring. It is a virtual IVY LEAGUE education that cannot be bought or bartered. There is only ONE success: to live in freedom with all terms that are self-prescribed. Enjoy nature in its most bountiful, unspoiled splendor. Banish all established practices of social engineering, conformity, corporate subjugation and mind control. Greedy and evil spirited corporations have taken the best of everything for themselves, as they continue to leave beggary, obscurity and quiet desperation in their wake. NATURE is free for everyone, regardless of one’s station in life. I look forward to your walking tour completion, and the wondorous discoveries you’ve encountered along this magical journey!

  14. Judo says:

    is there a way to see the route he’ll take to rockaway Oregon???

    • Lori says:

      Click on ‘details of my trip’ on the homepage, then click ‘my route’. It will give you the google maps walking route.

      • jeff says:

        or just pick his point where he is now….as start and end as Rockaway beach oregon on google maps get direction and remember to hit Walking…….that will give you an idea….

  15. Gina Seattle says:

    Cool beans! You’ll be in Seattle real soon! It would be nice if some of my co-workers and I could meet you here! :)

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Sorry Gina but Matt’s route isn’t taking him into Seattle. He’ll go through Portland though on his way to Rockaway Beach. He will hit Kennewick(?) from here and then onto Portland and then to Rockaway and beyond!

    • Stephen says:

      I noticed the warning in the yellow box above the walking directions: “Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.” How’s that for an understatement? I’m glad it didn’t deter Matt from his cross-country odyssey. I think they need to add other travel cautions to the list: gravel roads, swamps and discarded Mountain Dew cans, to name a few.

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