Meet Palomino

Jim Ostdick

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, I will dip my toes into the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware and begin a coast to coast walking tour across the United States on the American Discovery Trail, pictured below. I will finish some eight months later by stepping into the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco, California. That’s a serious hike!

American Discovery TrailThe purpose of this project is to promote and to inspire community recreation opportunities for all ages and, through our 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, to raise funds for parks and recreation programs in our home county, San Benito County, California. By visiting and documenting the recreation trails and facilities in communities across the country, I hope to spotlight the social connections and fiscal benefits of these programs. And by raising as much money as possible, I hope to contribute to the funding and maintenance of parks and trails back at home.

Why should you believe that a 64 year old retired teacher can walk 4,000miles across America? Well, I have a pretty decent track record at these sorts of things. From 2001 to 2009, I section-hiked 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. I bicycled the length of the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico twice. And in 2013-1014, I bicycled nearly 8,000 miles around the United States, as chronicled in my travel memoir Palomino and the Dream Machine, which is, by the way, available as an e-book or paperback at . I am confident that I can do the walk because of my experience at long distance travel.

To be successful with our goals, my support group and I need your help. How? You can participate in the form of a one-time donation, a monthly contribution, or a by-the-mile pledge. Any amount you can afford will make a difference, but please be as generous as you can. I will be blogging and taking pictures as I go.

15 thoughts on “Meet Palomino

  1. I read the write-up in the Free Lance. I’m a Hollister native and graduate of San Benito High living in Columbia, Maryland. If you’re coming my way and need a place to stay, we have room for you.


  2. We will hope to catch up with you in WV and maybe supply a little trail magic. I am a retired teacher (middle school math) as well. I also help with ADT posts for their Facebook page. Would it be alright if I copied some of your photos to post, did some quotes and general info as you travel? Good luck with your journey!


  3. Saw you this morning at Point of Rocks Maryland. Beautiful day for a walk! We would have loved to chat, but a long train was rattling by. Best wishes for a healthy journey.

    Rob and Carrie


  4. Jim,

    Saw you passed through Sacramento on your great trek. I followed your great walk since finding out when you were midway through Colorado. Congratulations!

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