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!
The 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 http://amzn.com/B00V7OT70W . 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.