Day 152

Tillamook Bay

August 25th, 2010

Getting close!


  1. Becky says:

    Is that ocean I see?? And YOU see! congratulations!!

  2. Dennis in MI says:

    Yet another incredible view. Thanks fora taking us along!

  3. katzien in austin says:

    Ooh, so gorgeous! Makes me want to climb over the embankment….

  4. karen428 in POPE co. AR says:

    The ocean! Thanks, Matt, for the great trip you have shared with all of us!

  5. Nancy from Spring, TX says:


  6. Christine says:

    I am supposed to be making meatballs, but cannot tear myself away from the computer! the suspense iskilling me. This is such a beautiful photo!

  7. John in MI says:

    Attaboy Matt! What a gorgeous view. I’m glad you have a nice sunny day for the finale.

  8. bullcitymama in NC says:

    I’m with Christine…I’m so hooked on seeing the final pics!! arg!

  9. Loozrboy says:

    Holy crap, the Pacific! Sort of. Man, the suspense is killing me here…

    I’ve enjoyed adventuring vicariously through you since I first heard about your journey. It must be exciting to be so close to your destination! Thanks for sharing your trip!

  10. Glenda (the other one) says:

    Won’t be long now! This has been a marvelous trip – thank you, Matt, for letting us all come along with you!

  11. Glad the fog bank is holding off……oh (sigh) Oregon is just so beautiful! Plains, snow capped mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, Willamette Valley and the coast. Thanks for the beautiful picture Matt! Thanks for sharing. How you feeling? Not much further…..

  12. Glenda (the other one) says:

    Wow – Mapquest says 1.8 miles from Tillamook Bay to Rockaway Beach!

  13. 1:18 in Portland. He said he would be there around 2:00. I believe he will do it!

  14. katzien in austin says:

    OH my goodness…this really is the countdown now…the final mile. >sniff<

  15. Jeff says:

    I wish I could see the pictures. 2 miles less then half hour.
    I am smiling right now.

  16. Jim says:

    The smell of the Pacific Ocean must be quite enticing by now!

  17. I’m so keyed up I could run a mile!

  18. katzien in austin says:

    Who’s got their eye on YouTube for arrival videos?? Post links if you can. Yehawwww!

  19. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Wow! When Matt says he’s getting close, that makes it so much more real (if that makes sense). I can feel the tears coming – happy, sad, happy, sad. Anybody got a box of Kleenex??

  20. Robert says:


    So do you start walking faster now?

  21. Anthony in Raleigh says:


    So long and thanks for all the fish.

    Safe trip home!

  22. Candice In Alabama says:

    The suspense is killing me too! – I’m cheating by being here on this last photo – I can’t catch up on all the photos posted since yesterday – Matt you are on my mind and in my heart!

    Excited for you! Grinning for no reason (at least no reason from work)!

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Candice I was on Facebook, was that you on Matt’s Facebook page.

      The suspense is rough on everyone, Matt has stretched his legs since

      his 11:30 post, by where he was at I had about decided he was not

      going to make it today. But it’s only 15 till 2 where he is at and his

      11:30 post would have been 9:30 EDT 8:30 our time. keep hanging

      on he wiil cross the Goal Line today.

      • Candice In Alabama says:

        Yes – that was me on one of the Matt Green Facebook pages.

        Can you imagine how excited MATT is! His grin can’t be any bigger than mine!

  23. Megan in Great Falls MT says:

    I’ll miss you, Matt! Even though I’ve never seen or spoken to the guy…oh well. I wonder what’s going on in that head of his knowing he’s about done with this adventure. What a long, strange trip it’s been.

  24. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Like so many of you, I’ve been glued to imjustwalkin today not wanting to miss Matt’s final steps as he enters Rockaway Beach, OR. (Work is getting done in between pictures – priorities!) This has been a wonderful journey for me as well; I find myself wanting to walk more, to get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation of all kinds: people, landscape, creatures of the land and air. And for this I’m grateful that Matt has invited us to “walk” along with him across America.

    I find myself thinking about Matt and that he’ll be going home very soon. How he must miss home – wherever that may be. Is it NYC? Is it Vermont? Will it be Oregon? Only Matt & God knows where that will be. The song “This is Home” by Switchfoot kept running through my mind as I’ve been pondering this. So I went back and read Matt’s long version as to why he did this. Certain words and phrases stand out to me:

    “I’m not sure what I’m doing with my life”
    “savor the country”
    “Walking is the way we experience our homes.”
    “It’s a way to live a continuous line across the country as if it were my home.”

    For the past five months, home has been wherever Matt parked his Runabout, affectionately known as the Mattmobile, each evening. His home has been in the middle of nowhere, it’s been on someone’s front lawn, it’s been in someone’s home or RV, but most of all it’s been across this great country we call America.

    Matt, you have been an absolute blessing to those who have personally met you and to those who only know you through your blog. We have all become blessings to each other. Your sign “We may never meet again” might be true, but as you travel home, you take with you our thoughts & prayers, and on behalf of the HoboPlanet, we wish you peace & love, wherever that may be. This song is for you. Thank you.

    (Get out your tissue, everyone!)

  25. Jeff says:

    On this day in history Matt Green officialy became a great american adventurer ( not jimmy stewart voice but walkter cronkike)

  26. katzien in austin says:

    Dang it. No youtube at work…it will have to wait until tonight.

  27. Gigi says:

    Love the colors. You’re so near Matt, I’m so happy and excited for you. Rock on!

  28. jason says:

    Matt, been following since I saw it on one of those morning shows it seems a long time ago. Stoked for you. Thanks for taking us on the journey. Amazing.

  29. Todd says:

    Western water! Awesome! You’re almost there. Like many here, I am sitting at my desk grinning stupidly, and wishing you all the best as you take those last few steps. Way to go!

  30. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    :) :) :) :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Work? What work? I’ve been “hobo-ing” all day. Work is something I’m doing in between reading and posting.

  32. alan of cedar rapids iowa says:

    Mat slow down take 2 more days then I win !

  33. 5 months 3 days….Matt your almost there!!!!!!! I’m not sure what i’m going to look forward too now!!! LOL who is making the fan club????

  34. Michael in Atlanta says:

    Gorgeous, Matt. Just splendiferous. I have a 630pm conference call (who knew?), so if there is an arrival pic during that time, please keep the yelling down to a dull roar, HobNats! NAH. Let it all hang out. It’s party time! WOOT WOOT!

  35. Lori in Ohio says:

    Anyone else having problems getting to the site. I tried 4 times with error on web page server,

  36. katzien in austin says:

    Oh if only Google Earth were a LIVE satelite feed!!! Lori, not sure what site you mean, but you’re here.

  37. Ned in NJ says:

    @Lori – me too, but I’m sure the site is taking just a tad too many F5’s that it can handle.

    • katzien in austin says:

      Ba ha ha ha!! F5 tornado? Category 5 hurricane? Oh! You mean the crazy storm of greedy band width users….yeah, that’d be ME! ;-)

    • Terry from NJ says:

      I was thinking the site would crash today with everyone logged on and updating every few minutes. Luckily it was built well enough to handle all of hobo-nation!

  38. For any one who would like to know…Matt looks to be just North of Bay City to get this angle…..I may be a little off but judging from the railroad tracks and the little bit of land w/ no houses obstructing…He is about (roughly) 9 miles from Rockaway Beach which means he will be there by this evening!!!!! OMG! and the issues with connecting is probably bandwidth…weve all been waiting so long knowing today is the day and all checking back frequently!

  39. Any time between now and the next hour!

  40. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Dang! I have to sign off now – must go to a fund-raiser dinner tonight with the hubby. Catch up with y’all right after! In case Matt gets to RB before I get back online – YAAAAAAAAAAY, MATT! Whoo-hoo! So proud of you, and so happy that I got to “walk” along with you!” I’ll have wine when I get home!

  41. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Ok, I’m heading home and praying for no rush-hour traffic. Be back soon!!!

  42. katzien in austin says:

    To tide us over until Matt arrives – Fan walks 400 miles to greet his team. ;-)

  43. Jose in Chicago says:

    It’s 4:04PM here in Chicago…the Tequila is out to celebrate Matt’s final steps!!!

  44. Candi says:

    HI!! You met my mom today!! I really enjoyed talking to you on the phone!! Congratulations…and remember that maybe we could get a Hobo Nation walkathon from Chicago to California–Route 66!!

  45. Donna in Texas says:

    This is so exciting and probably ending right now as I write this. It has been a long and fun journey, and I too will miss his wonderful pictures and wit. I joined up around day 62 in Wisconsin. I used to live in that area so it was doubly exciting for me. Now this tops it all! Congratulations again Matt! And a fond bittersweet end to the journey for all of the Hobo Planet. I will keep checking for more pics.

  46. CP in MI says:

    I need to go start dinner (5:06 PM EST), but I don’t want to miss the finish in somewhat “real” time.

  47. Belle Zora says:

    Just after 2pm west coast time…Matt must be arriving. What I would give to be watching or, even better, tagging along for that last mile or so. Like all of you, the end of the journey is all I think about today. Thank you for this, Matt. It’s been wonderful.

  48. Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

    Can’t you just see that beautiful winning smile on Matt’s face. I picture him almost glowing with pride as he walks those last few feet! Way to go!!!!!!!!!

  49. I’m fading..please someone, pour me some coffee!

  50. katzien in austin says:

    He must be there right now, basking in the warm day and the welcoming Rockawayers. I can only imagine….

  51. I very much wonder if Matt will return to his life in NYC and if that life after this adventure will be enough to sustain him….Of course he will love his friends and family and that will never change, but will the city feel confining after this adventure? Will the noises of cars and sirens be too much…I lived in LA as a kid..There is no way I could go back after tasting the open highways and massive plains and the cool fog during sunrise in the forests….I wish Matt all the best of luck and hope the transition back to the city won’t be too hard on him.

  52. Mike Helms says:

    Congratulations, man. You’re an inspiration.

  53. Amber says:

    I wonder if we will be able to see Matt’s dip in the Pacific from here:

  54. CP in MI says:

    Nothing, yet on the Portland news sites. ;-)

  55. katzien in austin says:

    Where is the red caboose on the route map? I find S. 1st street (zooming in), but can’t tell where the red caboose/chamber of commerce is located.

    • Gigi says:

      According to RBCC’s comment a few pictures back, they will meet Matt in the Wayside which is near their office. Does anyone have any idea what the Wayside is? They also warned Matt it’s too cold to take a dip in the Pacific but our hobo wants to end the journey with that.

      Nearly there, I’m smiling now and raising my fist in the air. Hooray for Matt!

    • Amber says:

      It’s at the NW corner of 1st Ave and the Oregon Coast Highway. 45.612793,-123.944146

  56. Jeff says:

    did matt know there was a red caboose at the “end” of his long trip?? Makes you wonder.

  57. tim says:

    You are about there. What’s a couple of yards?

  58. Doris says:

    I have never seen this website unitl today. Matt talks extensively about his trip. The best one I have seen since he left NY. It’s a long one, so it takes quite a while to read it.

  59. sam says:


    You’ve made an old man feel young for the summer….thanks…..why not hang a left turn….head south down the Pacific coastline….and give a whole lotta people something to continue following….I’ll pay to follow…what’s the PayPal account ? Congratulations and Thanks

  60. CP in MI says:

    Little Red Caboose at The Wayside on Highway 101 in downtown Rockaway Beach. …

  61. phyllis from mississippi says:

    FAR OUT!!!! young man. congratulations. are ya gonna walk home now??? lol!can’t wait to see the end of this day with you!!!

    • Todd says:

      When I spoke with Matt last week, he said a couple times that regardless of what the trail’s end brings, he will definately be flying home! LOL

  62. Belle Zora says:

    An earlier poster thought that this should be on CNN. Absolutely. I can’t even watch the news channels anymore because of the continual rehashing of depressing stuff. Give us more stories about the triumph of the human spirit. This journey has clearly inspired many people. The reminder that this country is full of kind, generous, hospitable people is also a good thing.

    • katzien in austin says:

      I’ve got a great view of it from the Street View on google maps. Really too bad it’s not live. ;-(

  63. Jeff says:

    hard do I hear the theme to 2001 playing in the background……Tranquility Base…..the eagle has almost landed… One small walk for Matt one giant Leap for the world!

  64. Saun in Ohio says:

    Kudo’s Matt :) :) :) just waiting should be soon its 5:40

  65. Karen Too says:

    It is almost 6 p.m. EDT, and this is the first chance today, of all days, that I’ve had to come here. He has now, of course, reached the end of the road. It will likely be a few days, or so, before he has time to come back here to post again.

    To all of the people on here posting with the rest of us, thanks for the fun. I have enjoyed coming here almost every day to be a part of all of this. It’s been a hoot.

    There are pictures and maps of the Tillamook Bay area on here:,+oregon&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=z451TNOHEcSAlAfsp7jHBQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CDAQsAQwAw&biw=879&bih=623

  66. CP in MI says:

    There were a few more updates that seem to have disappeared.

  67. Candice In Alabama says:

    Is that picture of Matt on the Rockaway Beach, OR .net site him as he arrived? or just a teaser?

  68. Amber says:

    Ooh, I just saw two digitally garbled photos on flickr, that were since deleted! He’s there! Oysters!

  69. John in MI says:

    Looked like problem uploads. They’ll probably be there in a minute or so.

  70. charlie says:


  71. charlie says:

    and ‘MORE TILLAMOOK BAY’. c’mon! quit teasin’ us, matt!

  72. charlie says:

    ok, and now, that ‘exploding house’ and the pennies on the rail track!. what’s going on here?

  73. charlie says:


  74. Doris says:

    He made it, he is there

  75. John in AR says:

    I came across your trek when it hit Yahoo News around day 60. Since then, checking your progress has become a part of my daily routine. Thank you for the pictures and stories; they never fail to inspire, and have, at times, mad a bad day better. I can only imagine the profound change your journey has had on you. Good luck, and please consider another trip back across the country, especially since I don’t know what I’m going to do for desktop wallpaper now.

  76. Laurenis says:

    I have so enjoyed your journey, watching the places you have visited. I am sad to see your journey end, and have enjoyed the community your journey has fostered. I have followed you pretty much from Day 1…. So long my friend, and may you continue to do amazing things!!

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