Update: Due to not having raised enough money before departure I have had to postpone and move the departure place of my walk. I will now be leaving from Los Angeles on August 24th.
On this trip I plan to travel the circumference of the United States by foot. This is an updated map of my route:
The trip is planned to last for 14 months, and will start on July 20th 2013. I will depart from Bodega Bay, CA and head due south into San Francisco. I am going to briefly break the trip up as follows:
Bodega Bay, CA to Mobile AL, with scheduled arrival in Mobile around December 20th. I plan to take a break for the holidays and hope to spend that time with my mom in Key West.
I will return to Mobile on January 10th 2014 and travel up to New York with scheduled arrival in New York on April 10th. I intend to take a 10 day break in New York to talk about obesity and spend time with friends.
My last and longest leg of the journey departs from New York on April 20th. I will head due North into Ontario Canada and walk around Lake Huron before I return to the US in Michigan. This is my Northern swing that will eventually return me to Bodega Bay, CA in Mid October 2014.
On this trip I will travel a total of 8873 miles on foot. I will go through 26 states.
I with speak with millions of people about Obesity and raise $250,000 before, during and after the trip to aid with our fight against obesity.
I will travel alone, although I am currently trying to train my one cat, Niles, to join me on the trip. Depending on his readiness he might accompany me. While I will travel alone it should be clear that my outreach efforts will bring me in to contact with a variety of people, at least when I pass through towns and cities.
My trip will be a wonderful mix of what the US has to offer. From deep wilderness, to the biggest cities and from suburban sprawl to fertile farm lands, I will get to experience all of it.
Along the way I will contact radio stations, print media, clubs, churches, schools and any other organization that can aid me in having a conversation about obesity.