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.
Whew! One last number 1 post. :)
You’re closer and closer to civilization!
just want to wish you well on this final leg of your journey Matt. it has been an adventure I have enjoyed, thank you for sharing.
Don’t stop by and rest Matt, walk on, Rockaway Beach is waiting for you. I’m getting excited, too!
iT LOOKS LIKE HE WILL NOT MAKE IT TODAY. i THINK
IT WILL BE THE 26TH.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there’s some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
@MN Kirsten – my favorite Robert Frost poem!
Congratulations, Matt! You’re almost (or maybe already) there. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with a bunch of complete strangers (in the beginning) who’ve become like family! Good luck with whatever you decide to do next. Maybe you’ll keep us up-to-date??
And finally, after 151 days, not so many miles to go. Maybe just another hour or so??
Congratulations! Almost there…
Nice shelter to keep out of the rain.
I do wish CNN would have one of those “Breaking News” deals, and show his walk to the beach live.
Just about 3 more hours to go. Oh how exciting!
The trees in the back are beautiful.
I think Matt is bypassing Tillamook. He appears to be on Latimer Rd, which goes on the back side of the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I wonder, since he ate Tillamook ice cream last night, maybe he can pass it up. I mean he does have Bay City and Garibaldi yet to go through and it is not a straight shot, there is the bay he has to walk around. Well, we will soon find out. This picture was taken 2 hours ago so my guess he passed the cheese factory.
Karin in Greece – pulling a all nighter I see. Stay with us…..
LOL ! Yes it could double as a baseball dugout. Maybe that’s where it came from. Doesn’t look like it would protect much from the elements but maybe it’s the direction that it’s in that helps. I want to make some kind of joke about the sign, dead end, maybe it’s trying to say to you Matt that the dead end is near cause when you get to Rockaway it is the dead end. :( *waaaaaa!!!! crying : ( boo hoo hoo…
someone posted, in the last photo, that he was just shy of 5 miles south of bay city, at 1030amPDT, which should put him in rockaway beach around 4-430pmPDT!!!
How do youi know exactly where he is?
My sister who lives in Garibaldi, OR called me and told me she saw him on the road just south of Bay City at 10:30 PDT
Is he on 101? It looks pretty dangerous in that area – north of Tillamook. Hobsonville Pt. Rd from Bay City to Garibaldi might be safer. Worry, worry.
Can we get someone in Bay City to go out to the 101 and look for him? I’m following the map and need some Matt-Sightings updates.
God says he has his eyes on him, He is walking at his side. He says worry not…He’s got this covered.
At least that is what I prayed for.
Thank you Jeff. I’ve been praying too, for quite awhile, for God to keep Matt safe.
“O LORD . . . thow knowest my downsitting and my uprising . . . Thow compasseth my path and my lying down and art acquainted with all my ways.”
Double click on last picture and bring it in closer
and you can see where he was at 2:09PM
I do not think he will make it today.
yes, that is what i said yesterday. it was 9 hours from where he was camping. that’s a whole day nonstop walking. according to the walking maps, the ‘bay city’ reference was still 9 miles, or 3 hours. and at 1030am/pdt, that would put it at 130pm/pdt or 430pm/est. somehow i dont know that he’ll do it in the next 45 minutes. and i’m sure the rockaway beach townsfolk (and his parents) are just sitting around waiting!
It looks like Matt is going to keep posting pictures until the very end…just like him…he is thinking of us…even though it’s all about him…that’s a good trait by the way…
I know! I was just thinking that he would usually post the day’s pictures all at once at night. I’m so glad that for the last day, he is posting as he goes along to Rockaway. I’ve got a glass of wine ready to raise up to Matt!
Have been thinking that myself. He is doing this day for us and it IS about him. Thanks for noticing Jim, and THANKS, MATT!
May I ditto you Michael? If so Thank you.
Katzien I agree…remember a toast to Matt…we promised this along time ago….Cheers Hobo Matt.
Thank you for providing a (better) reason (than money) to go to work this summer! I don’t have a computer at home on which to follow your voyage.
Congratulations, and welcome to the far coast…
I guess we should all thank Jason Eppink for making this site for Matt? Thanks a million Jason! This site really is great and works so well with maps, pics, etc.
Also heard Matt’s girlfriend is coming to Rockaway with his parents, so maybe a nice thanks to her. It isn’t easy to see your fella take off for 6, 7 or 9 months. So thank you to girlfriend!
Thank you, Jason! Matt has a girlfriend? Wow, tough gig. *LOL*
Yeah I know, I didn’t know he had a girlfriend either.
She sure has a nice guy, a real HOBO. I wonder if she is a HOBO too?
Thank you Jason for this most incredible site. And of course, Matt. I hope your road of life ahead is full of adventure and great discoveries. This has been a journey I will never forget. Be safe. Best wishes, Anna Harrison, Greenbrae, CA…
Cheers, all. Quite welcome! It was a fun ride.
Karen, I’m glad you thought of that. He’s done a great job keeping this site going. Thanks Jason!
cheers Jason. Love the Bells video. Much respect.
Of all of the Hobo Nation individuals Jason is the “MAN”, thank you Jason you are the laces that holds us all together.
Well said Ruthie! Well said…I agree….Jason…you are the MAN! :)
Cheers all, quite welcome!
I’ll add “laces” to my resume. :)
Many thanks to Jason for this site!!! Without it, we wouldn’t be able to follow Matt or meet the rest of the Hobo Nation (which has become a Hobo Family). Thanks Jason!!!
I swear I checked in last night and there weren’t any new posts. Just got home from work and find several days have been updated.
Thanks for the journey Matt, waiting to celebrate the end with you.
Been following at work silently for months. I’ve even recruited my co-worker and her mother to follow =)
Just wanted to say thanks Matt. It’s been a great journey!
Got my Oregon map out. If I can believe it…from Bay City to Garibaldi is 4 miles. From Garibaldi to Rockaway is 5 miles!
If he was sited at almost to Garibaldi, then he will be in Rockaway before 2:00 I think! Unless he slows it down a bit. As I write this it is 12:02 in Oregon.
And what time is it in Greece??
Just saw this at 10:33 PM
May I karin…He should be able to do 3.75 miles an hour…unless he is gabbing along the way….or maybe just savoring the moment. King Crab for dinner tonight Matt….Maybe Dungenus Crab.
You my boy Matt!
I think I can smell the Pacific Ocean already. Maybe I’ll add a sprinkle of salt to my mineral water just to get in the mood. Can’t wait for Matt to turn walkin’ into wadin’.
I konw what you mean about smelling the Pacific Ocean. I just had the Geek Squad install “Smeil-A-Vision” software on my compuiter yesterday. It is great!
Why would I want to use this bus stop to go to school from? It has a sign that says Dead End. Now how crazy is that! A dead end education.
Things never cease to amass me. Does look somewhat like a baseball type dugout. I bet if it is raining it souinds neat with that roof.
Where does the bus go? It is a dead end!
Great minds think alike!
Very excited for Matt’s arrival in Rockaway Beach!! I really hope we can eventually see some footage. Just cracked a beer to celebrate. Thanks to everyone in the Hobo Nation for all the great comments over these past months.
I’ve got this blog pasted to my computer screen, updating every few minutes. I feel like I’m at some cosmic event, like a meteor shower or an eclipse, waiting with throngs of people for the big show. *L* Go, Matt, go!
I bet Matt’s heart is racing! I bet he feels like running. I bet his knees feel weak! I bet he wants to shout! I wonder how he is feeling at this exact moment?
Karen, I think that’s how we all feel!
Matt’s brain….”take another picture?” “should I put a wet suit on before my plunge?” “I hope the server does not go down”
“i’ve just walked across america”.
My In-Laws just chatted with him again :) In Garibaldi. Getting close :)
Less than 5 miles away from Rockaway Beach. GO MATT GO!!! Oh no, I think I’m gonna cry.
ohhhhhh a sghting! I thought he was past Garibaldi. Well, it won’t be long now……so I will add exhilarated to the list of how he might be feeling!
She said he looked great and in good spirits. Excited :)
Oh right ON! Let me move my map! Dang…the suspense of the finish line is making me crazy. Tomrorrow will be such a let down, but I’ll check in anyway, as I’m sure many of us will. heehee
Pretty soon he can trade that bear spray in for a BEER spray! We need more chase planes.
Seven-ish miles to go?? Maybe one and a half, two hours to go? So 4:15 or 4:39 central time! Jeez, am I a dork for all my rambling postings? Hubby would say so…though not to my face. ;-)
You’re not a dork, or at least not any more than the rest of us! lol. We’re all doing the same thing today, Matt sighting look outs all over the place. Waiting for every little tid bit we can get!
No-no dork! Nice person.
So will he walk down the Oregon Coast Highway? That would a really cool view for the last few miles.
He’ll have a couple of views of the bay and the jetty, but his first solid ocean view will be in Rockaway.
Thanks Robin. The anticipation during that walk would drive me nuts (knowing it’s there, but not being able to see it.)
I dunno, I think I would walk a little slower, not really wanting it to end.
I would like to say that I have followed Matt since New Jersey. This site is the most civil, generous, warm, friendly and caring website I have ever visited. Everywhere else I look there is doom and gloom and coming her to see the beautiful pictures Matt posted and read the comments from all of you have lifted me up. I will miss this site and all of you BUT I have bookmarked it so I am going to go back to the beginning and take me another trip. Anytime, I feel closed in, I only have to look at pictures of the “Big Sky”. Thanks Matt for allowing me to “just walk” vicariously with you.
ooops, “coming here”