Day 279


October 4th, 2012

UPDATE (11/18/2012): Things are going well with my family, and we've really appreciated all the kind words and wishes! I just made it back to New York for a short visit and was able to get in a few days of walking. I still have a couple of days of photos from early fall to work through, and then I'll post my recent pictures. I'll be in town again for some walking in late November and periodically in December, and then I hope to be back to my regular schedule by the beginning of next year.

I'll finally make use of my email list to send out a message when I return to full-time walking; if you'd like to be notified, just sign up here, if you haven't already. Thanks!

Hey everyone,

Due to some health issues in my family, I'm going to have to put my full-time walking on hold for a while. I'll try to keep posting a few photos each day from my hefty backlog, but I'm not sure when I'll be back to a regular schedule. You can check here for more info as time goes on and I get a better sense of things.


P.S. Thanks for all the thoughtful, supportive comments!


  1. RuthE says:

    Life happens Matt, hope all is well soon, take care…I’ll check in, you have our prayers.

  2. Rob says:

    Best of luck with you family and their health concerns, hang in there and take care!

  3. fran says:

    Best of evrything for you nad your family, Matt!

  4. Melissa says:

    Good luck! Take whatever time you need.

  5. ctw says:

    Good luck. We’ll be waiting.

  6. wilberfan says:

    Matt, thanks for the update. It’s important to keep our priorities straight. I’ll miss “our” daily walk, but do what needs to be done, Dude! Holding good thoughts…

  7. Paul Delage says:

    Matt, we sure will miss our regular ingestions of “the big city”. But, be aware, at this very moment, heavy thoughts of caring and healing are winging their way to you and your family.

  8. It’s good that you can take the time to be where you are needed. Thinking of you and your family with concern.

  9. Jeff in Joisy says:

    Matt – Peace my brother. You and yours are in my (and all of our) prayers. New York can wait. there is always someone walking on it.. and so to will we wait Untill you post again – we remain with you in spirit.

  10. Gigi says:

    Prayers for you and your family, Matt. We’ll surely miss the daily updates but we all know what is more important. Take care, we’ll see more of New York when you get back on track. All the best!

  11. Aussie says:

    All the best Matt. Family always come first.

  12. Joyce says:

    Will miss your posts and photos. I’ve learned a lot about NYC from your posts and links.

    Hope all goes well with your family. Take care.

  13. David says:

    I enjoy your blog immensely, hope you will be able to finish your goal of walking every street in New York City at some time. Life is a journey with several interesting detours.

  14. Kristy B. says:

    Take care of yourself and your family, All the best!

  15. Linda says:

    We’ll miss you, Matt. Take care, and hopefully we’ll see you back here soon. All good thoughts to you and your family.

  16. Lizzie T says:

    BIG hugs for Matt. We’re thinking of you & sending love & prayers your way <3 Lizzie & Ned

  17. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Matt- ditto on everything that’s been said so far. I’m so sorry to hear of your upset but hope and pray that all is well soon. You do what you need to do as family always comes first. Blessings my friend to you and your family. Love you, Dorinda

  18. andrew says:

    I wish and pray the best for you and your family. Your ramblings have become a daily fixture for me and they will be missed.

  19. Tim says:

    best of luck to you and your family. you site is an everyday must see for me. I love the photos.

  20. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Sending positive thoughts and hugs to you and your family. Your priorities are in the right place….take all the time you need…family is #1.

  21. chris says:

    Matt, I have learned so much about the City thanks to you and your amazing blog. I will certainly miss my daily dose of “Walkin'”, but family comes first, and, not surprisingly, your priorities are in the the right place. I truly believe in Karma, and you have sent out so many positive vibes through this site, that surely they will be returned to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. All the best.

  22. Paul says:

    chris said it so well … we’ll all miss you and your spirit … our best to you … we’re all part of your family!


  23. Leo says:

    I’m an old man now, and never did I ever expect to see New York City up close and personal, but you in your exemplary way have made that possible. I thank you for the thought behind your journey. I thank you for your daily effort on the behalf of others. I thank you for the extraordinary insight you have on what you see and the foresight to present it in a wonderful manner. I thank you for your diligence on a daily basis, but most of all I thank you for your honest presentation of life in the Big Apple. When you’re able, I hope to see more, but if not, then know that you have been appreciated. Leo Lawton

    • RuthE says:

      Leo, Matt brings us the pictures of New York and also the wonderful people who follow his blog. I loved reading your comment. I am not the best a writing what I feel and you have summed it up beautifully.

      • Jeff in Joisy says:

        Hay the love of the hobo nation is still alive and well. Yes Leo said it elegantly. I still say Matt should run for President one day…but then that is another adventure.

    • says:

      What an elegant message!

  24. Sandra says:

    In your corner–the whole durn town.
    Peace to you all.

  25. Geoff Nicholson says:

    What a wonderful outpouring of sympathy and understanding – I can only add to it. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

  26. Chris says:

    Let us know how we can help.

  27. Cheryl says:

    Matt- We’ll be here waiting for you. Hope everything works out okay for you. Due to your posts, I’ve become so much more adventuresome on my trips to NYC and have learned to keep an eye out for the interesting details. Thanks!

  28. Duncan says:

    Take care man, I’ve been following your walkin’ adventures for some time. I wish you and your family the best.

  29. Rebecca says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your photos and stories so far. All the best to you and your family.

  30. Angie says:

    Hang in there, Matt. <3

  31. Nancy says:

    Take care of yourself and your family. I will miss my morning walk through New York and hope you can continue at some time. I am sure the streets will still be there.

  32. tom says:

    hope things turn around for the better and quick…you need to complete your mission!

  33. Mary-Jane from Queensland, Australia says:

    Leo, you said it all. Take care Matt.

  34. Loren says:

    so sorry to hear it. hope everyone is okay. thanks for the great photos!

  35. Michael in Atlanta says:

    Take good care of your family, Matt.

  36. Peter says:

    Family first! See you when you get back.

  37. Thomas from Germany says:

    Best wishes to you and your family, Matt! I’ve never been to New York City, but it pops up in my dreams from time to time: I’m walking along posh and crowded boulevards that are covered with deep carpets and usually end up inside some noble hotel where I can’t find my way out. Next thing I know I’m walking some dark, deserted street and I see the NY skyline at the horizon. I ask myself: Gosh, how could I get there so quick! Well, your blog shows quite a different picture – but fascinating nonetheless!

  38. Valter from Brazil says:

    You show NY of a smart and nice way. I like your blog very much. Trust in God. You will know when to come back.

  39. Daniel says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  40. RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

    Matt after visiting New York on our North East Motorcycle Ride I saw a lot of New York but nothing like we see in your close up pictures. Sometime in near future if my time permits I would like to come back to the city and spend 3 or 4 days walking with you. I truly enjoy what you are doing, you went west and I went on trip thru where you walked when we went to Upper part of Michigan and went west to Oregon we took lots of pictures and sent copies to several on this blog, as far as I know they liked them. You give us inspiration to get out and see the country I know it has me. Take care of Family first and formost, we would not respect you like we do if you did not. When you can we hope you can get back at it, if there’s anything we can do just ask. Will email you from time to time to check on you, appreciate the email you sent me the other day.

  41. Bill Willsie says:

    Dear Matt:

    Thank you for all you’ve done (and may do in the future) to share your extremely interesting and informative adventures with us! It’s been a joy to follow you across the country and through NY. Family and health concerns always take priority…and I wish you and your family all the best dealing with the challenges you are currently facing. Our prayers and best wishes go out to you and your family for a speedy and successful resolution to the challenges being faced. Take care, my friend…..

  42. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Hi Matt,
    I’m so sorry to hear of family health issues. I’ll definitely keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Love, Julie

  43. Eddy Robinson says:

    Thoughts and Prayers to Matt and family! You’ll never walk alone.

  44. Carlee in Canada says:

    Dear Matt (and it is dear you ARE to me and mine!)… we send warm Canadian blessings and prayers to you and your family and hope that the issue is resolved soon with a positive outcome. In the meanwhile, thank you for your humour and dedication to your daily walks; we are looking forward to you getting back on the path of life soon. :)

  45. Abby says:

    All the best to you and your family, Matt. Life happens when you least expect it, and we’re more than willing to share you with your family. :-) Sending positive thoughts and good vibes your way!

  46. alphonsegaston says:

    Blessings. Thanks for all the great work.

  47. Luz says:

    Healing journeys to you all.

  48. Albert says:

    Congratulations for your initiative!
    I hope that everything goes well soon, and you can hit the road again!
    What I really like is the type of photographs you take, because these photographs are taken from a street perspective, and thus, in my opinion, they are really more interesting than the ones taken by the regular contemporary fast-paced tourists.
    Toni and Albert

  49. Our best wishes for you and your family.

  50. ira says:

    all the best matt
    hope things turn out well and you get back to your work soon

  51. Luis says:

    I’m here in Brazil wishing all the best to your family.
    Good luck!

  52. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    No rush Matt, don’t worry. I’ve been enjoying the photo’s you’ve been posting. You have quite the back log. Get well soon to all involved.

  53. Chris says:


    Hope all is well. Follow you everyday – great stuff! When you’re back, we are here.


  54. Kier from Oregon says:

    Matt, Sorry to read you have had to deal with family health issues ~ worrisome times. however, great you are close by and can help out. I’ve seen the update that you maybe back soon, and I have to say that is wonderful news. You have quite a fan base and you bring a lot of joy to your diverse followers! Thanks for the journey and the education of your great city. Please give our regards to your folks….Kier and David

  55. Aussie says:

    Hi Matt,

    Greetings from Melbourne Australia. I just saw your update and hope that it reflects some positive news with regards to your family health issues. Your blog is a tremendous insight to a wonderful and fascinating city that is quite literally a world away. I look forwqard to you being able to continue your ramblings through the back streets and boroughs of your remarkable city.


  56. carolyn says:

    missing your updates – down here in south carolina

  57. Barbara says:

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. I hope sometime circumstances will allow you to continue your walk. Thanks for all you have shared so far. Take care.

  58. Connie in Ohio says:

    It’s amazing how many followers you have! Hope all goes well with your family. I still check out your Blog daily for new Pictures. Thanks for all the Pictures. I just love New York City and its Buroughs.

  59. tom says:

    should be some interesting pics if you get back out there soon- that storm hits nyc it just might make it more appealing!

  60. Christine says:

    Hope everything turns out okay. Your journey kept me entertained during unemployment, and continues to do so!

  61. chris says:

    Matt, I am so glad that you may be back soon, even if only part time. I hope this means that things are looking up for your family. You are all in my thoughts, and I miss you and your tremendous blog.

  62. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Hey Joisy Jeff- if you ever wanted to come to Ohio to see us gals, nows your chance. Just hitch a ride with Sandy and you’ll be here in an instant.
    Seriously though, hope and pray all is well with you and everyone else there along the Eastern Coast. Stay safe!! You too Matt – Glad you’re not out walking in this mess.

    • Jeff in Joisy says:

      There once was a girl named Sandy..she chased Halloween away without Candy….

      Hi Yall. All is well – well kind of sort of…

      First I say…all of NJ is not the shore…but that is all you hear or see these past few dayts. My power was out only 20 hours – but my folks were out 7 days. Yesterday I saw 50 Telephone poles taken from a yard to be put up somewhere. A community of 100 people had no power or emergency lights for just short of a week. They were all over 75. But that is not what your heard or read about. Just the millionare homes with the million dollar views on the Barrier Island of the Jersey Shore. Well I say .. God decided to take the shore back = and he said.. It is my beach = and I will do with it what I want.

      Thanks for all the prayers. Please pray for the people of Breezy Point Queens. They are the real ones who got hurt by the storm, in my opinion, the most. My love to you all. Peace and a sense of Humor.

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        Thanks Jeff for posting here! I have heard so much about Breezy Point so don’t worry, it’s out there. I only watch the Weather Channel and they have shown the hardest hit areas and especially Breezy Point. How sad for those people. And for the shore, it’ll never be the same even if they try to rebuild it. I just can’t imagine how horrible it must be. I mean people from Katrina are still in devastation even after all these years. I look around at my neighborhood and think what would it be like to see it all gone? Horrifying. Thank God you’re okay. We had the rain here that you didn’t get. Rain, rain and more rain. Just kept hooking in over the lakes from the North and hitting where I live along with the wind. Rained here from Monday all week until Friday morning. Was one big, nasty storm that reached so far out. But nothing here compared with what the East coast got for sure. God bless you all.

  63. Jodi from Maple Grove, MN says:

    Please know, to all of you Matt followers on the East Coast, we are saying prayers for all of you and your family’s.

  64. Abby says:

    Not sure where you are now, Matt, but sending positive vibes your way that you and your loved ones were able to ride out the storm safely. Take care!!!

  65. Joe says:

    Matt:I hope you and your family are doing well. I have followed your walk from the beginning and love taking this journey with you. I purposefully had been lagging behind to savor your walk.It wasn’t until today that I saw your post about your family. I do hope that all is well.

    I also hope that you and all the people of NY, NJ CT ( my home) and the East Coast are doing ok in light of this horrific storm.Prayers are with all of you.

    Finally, Matt, I wanted to tell you that I am so inspired by your walk that I have started a trek of my own. In the small suburban New England Sombertown that I live in, I have made it my goal to see and travel every street by bicycle. I am currently about 40% complete and have been loving every minute of it. My only complaint is that I haven’t documented my travels photographically. But, to discover so many beautiful streets, buildings , yards, parks etc. in a place I’ve lived for for 40 years has been fun, inspiring and eye opening. Thank you for your inspiration. Good luck. I look forward to your return soon!

  66. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Has anyone heard from Joisy Jeff or Matt? I hope and pray that they and their families are safe.

    • Jeff in Joisy says:

      Hay Julie. I could use some Gasoline. Waited 5 hours yesterday. Other then that God blessed me with a not so bad storm.
      We had wind..Highest gust by me 85 mph. It did not realy rain..just wind, wind and more wind. We even had the Aurora Borealous…well not was transformers blowing up and wires shooting electrical arcs in the sky.

      Hmm I think I will move to the dessert next time….

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Hello Julie!

  67. Matt wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today keep your head up and your feet dry. You’ve got friends here awaiting your return.

  68. I have been thinking of you, Matt and all of those dealing with Sandy and her aftermath. Do hope you and your family are doing better and hope you are able to be back walking soon. Best wishes from California to all those back East.

  69. Gigi says:

    Thanks for the updates, Matt! I’m glad you and your family were spared from the wrath of Sandy. My heart and prayers go out to all those affected. Happy to hear you’ll be walking again the streets of New York by the middle of the month, even if only on a temporary basis. Take care!

  70. Jamie says:

    Matt many of us have been thinking of you and your family. Glad to know you are safe. God Bless.

  71. TOM F. says:

    Best wishes to you Matt, and to all your followers who may have been impacted by Sandy. (Gov. Christie said he’s not going to use the term “100-year storm” anymore, since we get one every year now.)

  72. Osvaldo says:

    Hi Matt,

    I hope everything is alright with you and your family. I was watching the news about Sandy and wondering what happened to your walking. I hope you get back as soon as possible and maybe I will join again for a pleasant afternoon of some walk and talk. (I’m the Brazilian guy who walked with you in Queens along with 2 Dutch guys in May)

    Take care!

  73. Anna One says:

    Best thoughts to you Matt. I have seen more of this country than I ever would have on my own because of you. I am very sad for all the devastation back east. Be safe and thanks….

  74. David says:

    Family first. Hope everyone is OK.

  75. Karen Too says:

    Hi Matt,

    It has been a long time since I’ve had a chance to pop over here, so I’m just now seeing this message.

    As others have said, family first, and you are all in our thoughts.

    I’m glad to know that you are safe from the wrath of Sandy, as I hope is the case with your many friends in NYC.

    Also in our thoughts, of course, are those hard-hit by Sandy.

    All the best,


  76. Joan says:

    Sorry to hear you have troubling times. We all go through this, Matt, and you can get through it, too.
    Will say a prayer or two for you and yours.
    Bless you for your interesting work and witty comments about the sites you see.
    You must write a book because the information you provide is really interesting and I would love to be able to sit down and have it all in paper form to enjoy and learn from a comfortable chair.
    Good luck, and God Bless, Joan

  77. chris says:

    Matt, I am so glad to hear that things are looking up for you and your family. I would like to think that all those prayers and positive vibes from your grateful readers has helped, but in any event, am glad to hear of the improvement. It is great to hear that you will be returning to your walk soon, even if it is only sporadic for the time being. All the best!

  78. Aussie Brad says:

    Hi Matt,

    It was my birthday on the 18th. What a great present to know that things are going well with your family and that you’ll be back on the road soon. On the 17th I did a charity walk of 50 kms (about 31 miles give or take). I have a new appreciation on your efforts a couple of years ago on your walk across the States. Amazing effort!

  79. Gigi says:

    So great to hear from you again, Matt, and to know all is going well with you and your family. It just makes this Thanksgiving week more special. Looking forward to your pics from your recent walk. I hope you have some pics of the fall foliage, some trees are still showing off their glorious colors.

    Take care!

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  81. Jeff in Joisy says:

    Hay everyone – especialy Matt and family – Peace & Happy Thanksgiving!
    Thoughts and prayers to all….Jeff

  82. Karen Too says:

    Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all. :-D

    Matt, so very glad to hear that things are looking up with the family.

    Today, and every day, are the best days for counting our blessings.



  83. Nan in Maryland says:

    Hey Matt, Sorry to hear about the family health issues. I just got time to get back on here to check your progress, so I am still in March! Hubby and I wish you the best, and look forward to seeing more pics when you are ready to post them.
    By the way, we still talk about how awesome it was to host you here in our home for your talk last year. Just so amazing! Keep it up :)

  84. Jeff in Joisy says:

    oh..I see new postings…..lace those Timberline boots up….
    We “just walkin” again……..

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