Hello my friends.

I’m sorry for not keeping you all up to date for the last month or so. I have kind of dropped off the planet. I got to Indio, CA and had several “life lessons” occur, all at the same time. Lack of “course knowledge”, meaning I had a false understanding regarding my route became a major issue. I basically ran into a dead end. I also ran out of money. This was a combination many things. I helped out a fellow traveler and helped him more than I should have. I also fewer and fewer contributions because I was more isolated.

Several other personal issues hit me over the head and in order to deal with them I have taken a hiatus from the walk. I fully intend on completing this journey but, for now I needed to stop, regroup, plan and prepare better in order to be successful.

I am currently in Austin, TX where i am planning on finding a job, paying off outstanding debt, building some security and coping with some serious “DAVE” issues.

I am sorry I was not able to complete my walk across America on my first attempt. My learning curve is usually pretty steep but, I am stubborn and driven to accomplish this epic adventure. At the moment I am working through a depression induced fog so, please accept my apology for not writing sooner and for not reaching out to more of you one to one.

I wish you all the very best and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I will write again and let you all know when you can start looking for me on the roads of America once again.

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Dear everyone.

I’m sorry for not keeping you all up to date for the last month or so. I have kind of dropped off the planet. I got to Indio, CA and had several “life lessons” occur, all at the same time. Lack of “course knowledge”, meaning I had a false understanding regarding my route became a major issue. I basically ran into a dead end. I also ran out of money. This was a combination many things. I helped out a fellow traveler and helped him more than I should have. I also fewer and fewer contributions because I was more isolated.

Several other personal issues hit me over the head and in order to deal with them I have taken a hiatus from the walk. I fully intend on completing this journey but, for now I needed to stop, regroup, plan and prepare better in order to be successful.

I am currently in Austin, TX where i am planning on finding a job, paying off outstanding debt, building some security and coping with some serious “DAVE” issues.

I am sorry I was not able to complete my walk across America on my first attempt. My learning curve is usually pretty steep but, I am stubborn and driven to accomplish this epic adventure. At the moment I am working through a depression induced fog so, please accept my apology for not writing sooner and for not reaching out to more of you one to one.

I wish you all the very best and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I will write again and let you all know when you can start looking for me on the roads of America once again.

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This is HARD and the learning curve is STEEP

I love this adventure and I WILL finish my walk across America but, let me tell you that the lessons, both practical and internal are daily and some are far easier than others. I have been on the journey for 9 weeks and covered 300 miles on foot and took one bus ride across the wilderness.

I have met many wonderful people and been able to share my message with some very nice men and women. I have talked to grandmothers, students, a gang member, an Outlaw MC member, a couple self proclaimed ministers of “The Lord”, people of all religious and political backgrounds and A LOT of homeless men and women. I have been scared of the place where I have to set up my tent and sleep and I have found comfort in the homes of strangers. The one common bond I hope to have created is one of friendship with each and every person I have met along the way.

In the coming days I hope to share some of bigger lessons I have learned here. There will be some deep emotional feelings expressed and there will be some frustrations shared. And, the Epic Adventure will be taking on a new look. I hope my friends, family and supporters will understand that every journey comes with lessons about things that the “adventurer” learns and the changes that must be made. My route will take on a new look and will be much less “point A to point B’ in appearance. I will ramble a bit more in order to meet and talk to and build community with as many new FRIENDS as I can. I have been changed by this walk and have become much more clear in my intentions to spread my message of creating peace and harmony through community and friendships. I am also committed to speaking out for the CRIME of poverty and homelessness in our society. I am still not sure how I will speak out but, I will. I also want to speak in churches, schools, social organizations and political groups about how overcoming fear of the unknown qualities and traits of those that live differently than ourselves WILL lead to more complete understandings, friendships and then peaceful coexistence.

I will speak out against hypocrisy of our current system of greedy accumulation of material “THINGS” at the expense of our fellow brothers and sisters who suffer in poverty.

So, that is enough for now. I am sorry that my blogs have suffered. I have been spending a lot of time “watching the grass grow” and taking trips through the scary recesses of my own mind. I am pretty good man and have a few great things to say that are worth listening to. Be good in your daily walk. Walk In Peace, Make New Friends Everryday, It Is A Sure Path To Global Harmony and World Peace. Oh, and give a buck to the next 100 homeless people you meet, NO JUDGEMENT, just give in a sincere act of charity and love. They are not who you may think they are.

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A few new maps and stats.

I have told a few stories and shared a few lessons I have learned. What I have not done is post my maps, mileage or steps for awhile so this post is just to catch up on those.

Oct 14 Day 44

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Daily Steps: 17,529 Total: 480055 Daily Miles: 8.3 Total: 227.3
From Shadow Hill RV to the last on ramp on I 10 before the desert.

Oct 15 Day 45

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Daily Steps: 8,408 Total: 488,459 Daily Miles: 4 Total: 231.3
From my failed attempt to hitchhike to the Greyhound Station in Indio

Oct 24 Day 53

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Daily Steps: 7,243 Total: 495,702 Daily Miles: 3.6 Total: 234.9
From Aubrey’s to Gaylene’s

Oct 25 Day 54

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Daily Steps: 42,240 Total: 537,942 Daily Miles: 20 Total: 254.9
From Gaylene’s to Raylene’s

Oct 28 Day 57

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Daily Steps: 11,405 Total: 549,347 Daily Miles: 5.4 Total: 260.3
From Raylene’s to Mesa and back. NEEDED to walk part of the way to
My next “couch” 20 miles is just to damn far. 😉

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What to do? Well, I will start with writing the blog I promised for today.

I have certainly been on an adventure, both physically and emotionally. I have been walking for 55 days and I have covered approximately 300 miles. I have met over 100 people who have helped me along the way and taught me so many lessons. Not one of them showed me the same thing as any of the others. I have spent a lot of time in my own head pondering everything from my place in the universe to my tired feet and hurting shoulders. I have been incredibly fortunate and have been well taken care of by the universe.

I have spent the last few days with my daughter, Aubrey and her family. what a joy it has been to help her move into their new home. Unpacking, building bunkbeds, sweeping floors, helping with meals and babysitting 4 grandkids. I could not be more proud of them.

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While I was at Aubrey’s I met Lowell, The coolest “Old time, bible thumping, back hills, Jimmy Swagart, Jesus freak, born again, praise the Lord” believer (his words, not mine) I have ever met. He and I talked for hours while we drank coffee in his garage. He knew all the neighbors and was willing to help whenever he could. He was wise beyond belief and shared with me his philosophy on living a full and happy life. The key was NOT TO BE ALONE!

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I have made one new friend that I have become particularly fond of and would like to tell you about. Micha.

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Micha, is a Government educator for the Western Australian Government. He works with deaf kids and is a riot to hang out with. We met in Indio on the onramp of Interstate 10 as we were trying to Hitch a ride across the desert. He was here, in the USA with his friend Danny on vacation. They started in Boston and drove across Canada to Washington State. There they were going to walk on the Pacific Crest Trail across Washington. Sometime during the first week Danny fell and hurt himself REALLY bad, broken clavicle, busted eye socket and his leg broke in more than one place. Micha carried him out 14 miles and got him to a hospital. Well, in the process of making sure that Danny was taken care of he gave the hospital ALL of his money, leaving him broke. When I met him he was trying to get to Atlanta, GA and catch his plane home. He had the longest string of bad luck EVER. I did everything I could do to make sure he got home. I felt as if though was in the right place at the right time to help a good man in a bad place out of a jam. Tonight he is at a Train Station in New Orleans and will be in Atlanta tomorrow and then on a plane home. I am so, happy for him but, sad that I may never here or see him again. I wish him well and ask that all of you send him your well wishes and positive thoughts tonight and for the next day or two. He may very well be the reason I went on this walk to begin with. Imagine that. I may have been sent to him to help him out. I have never felt this way before. It is a pretty cool felling.

Today, I spent some time making friends at Bergie’s Coffee shop in Gilbert, AZ. I met These really great folks and talked their ears off for an hour or so.

I would really like to share my story with others. If you know of anyone that would like to hear me ramble on about creating world peace through the simple act of making new friends and building community with people we would never have considered in the past, I am interested. Please let me know if you have any guidance and council on how I can get started and have any church pastor, school administrator, service group leader contact me. I am putting it out into the universe and I think I would be great. I work on a “donation” wage scale. I have lots of stories and they all revolve around being good humans and treating our human brothers and sisters the way they should be treated, with love and respect. We need to live far more simply and with far more love in our hearts so those in pain and who are suffering the scourges of war, poverty and disease can live in with dignity and security. Money, Property, Land and Old buildings along with material THINGS will not bring anyone true happiness or security. Love and Peace and Charity are the only paths to Enlightenment, Heaven, Nirvana, or wherever you believe that your soul will end up as an “Eternal Reward” My message crosses religions, political parties and economics. Just saying, I would love to have the chance to share my story and “sermon” with as many as I can.

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One last thing,,,, I know some may not like what I am about to share but, not all of my “friends” have given me monetary donations or a place to sleep or a meal. I was so happy to accept this gift from Arron at The Fifth Estate Tattoo parlor. Surprise!!!!!

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Here is my favorite photo for a while. If all lions were only pink stuffed animals hiding in flowers.

I am grateful for all of you who have read my blogs and In the next couple of weeks there will be some big news of how this project is unfolding.

Thanks for your support and love.

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It’s been a long and interesting week.

Sorry, it’s been a few days since my last post and this one is going to be pretty bare bones.

I have had no real internet service and only one bar on my phone for almost a week. So, the map and step/miles update is forthcoming. Also, no photos today. But, I wanted to at least let everyone know that I’m alive and kicking.

I did, ultimately, decide to take a bus from Indio, CA to Mesa, AZ and not “do the” 20-25 day desert crossing. A little bit of explanation is necessary. In the beginning of this journey I had several goals. One was to cross America on foot. Another was to meet and talk to new “friends” about my vision of how we can make small changes in our own neighborhoods and communities that could lead to a path of more global harmony and world peace. Another was to document the whole experience and produce a documentary and write a book. Then the last one and the one I resisted admitting was my own self discovery or my personal “Buddha Walk”.

I had never intended to or wanted to become a “Wilderness Survivor Expert” at age 55. My plan was to spend 2-3 days at the most walking in between towns, villages, hamlets and cities. But, the purpose has always been to meet and share my hopes and dreams of world peace with others. So, when I arrived in Indio, mentally prepared to walk for 20-30 days alone in the desert.

I researched 3 paths…

1) Along the “Bradshaw Trail” an old dirt road from the turn of the century that was used during a gold rush. It is 90 plus miles long 30 miles south of I10 and it has no water or cell phone coverage. It is used mostly by off-roaders, illegal aliens who make it past the first wave of border parole officers and unsavory characters who need isolated places to make drug deals. I choose for personal safety reasons not to take this path.

2) Take a 200 mile detour North, through the Joshua Tree NM and then back South into the Phoenix. This was another area with very spotty water sources and cell coverage and NO PEOPLE.

3) Walk on the I10 easement. Water every other day, cell coverage most of the time, people at rest stops, tourist attractions, one small town and in cars within 100 yards in case I really got in a jam the whole way.

Well it turns out that the safest path is illegal to walk. I talked to the CHP in Indio and was informed of the $300.00 first time offense and the possibility of arrest for the second offense.

I also had a really great talk with an old time miner about working, existing and surviving in the desert for prolonged periods of time. I am ABSOLUTELY not prepared or trained with those types of skills.

So, I took the bus. And I have decided that my route across America is far longer than 2,600 or so miles that is the point A to point B distance. So, if I find a “Friend” with wheels to help me through dangerous areas, I’m okay with that and I hope you are as well.

So, I am now at my Daughters. I’m helping with the kids, organizing boxes, and shelves, putting together boxes to donate, setting up bedrooms and just doing what I can to make her and her family’s life a little easier.

I am going to spend the rest of my time here helping and planning my next leg. I will let you all know that I am thinking about a different route that is a bit more north and more populated with creatures of the human type.

Thanks for all the support. HUGS

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Its time to correct a mistake.

Day 39

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Daily Steps: 40,128 Total: 462,526 Daily Miles: 19 Total: 219

So, how many noticed the map and the number don’t match up? Well there is a good reason. I have spent all day truing to get caught up and I need to condense two days into one. I have really tried to keep up and I had had an issue with my phone last week and lost a bunch of photos for a few days but, I finally got all them back from the world wide web and I was able to put together 4 blogs in one day. LOL

I spent Tuesday and Thursday on the floor of Debbie’s motel room and Wednesday in a Condo that was provided from a very trusting and wonderful woman named Winter. She never met me but, trusted that I would honor her home.

So, I walked to an RV park in Indio and has I was preparing for my desert walk 3 things came up…1) An old timer named Steve who has lived and mined in the desert for 40 years told me that I was about to commit suicide in the desert between Indio and Quartzite. He told me that I was NEVER going to make it. First he said I need a lot more water than 2 gallons per day. Then he said 5-10 miles per day was the max I should attempt and that make the crossing almost 30 days. Finally he informed me that in the past few years there have been a few Marines die out there on training exercises and I am NO Marine! Thanks, Steve for shocking me into reality. Then, I talked to the CHP about my plan (there happens to be a station next to the RV park) and I was told, “NO WAY could I walk on the Interstate, I would be fined and/or arrested.” Well, thats a fine howdy do! The last thing was another conversation I had with someone here at the park. She pointed out that my sign says, “Walking To My Friends…” and if I do the crossing I will meet a total of ZERO new friends. LOL She suggested that I let go of my ego and accept that some of my future friends want me to succeed AND stay alive AND some of them actually have cars or trucks that I could ride in through particularly dangerous sections.

So, I guess I will not be able to say, “I walked every step across the USA” anymore. I have to mourn that but these people were put on my path just as much as those that have let me stay in there homes or given me money.

I hope you are all enjoying the Instagram photos and I will try to add them here as well but, I am still not getting the photos I take on my iPhone camera to transfer to my iPad.

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