Burrowing Owl

State: Florida Well this morning I got up and was immediately fed until I was Thanksgiving level full. Norma then packed me some food for the road. David gave me $20 to help me out on my trip and then a ride up to U.S. 41. Along the way David stopped to let me get some pictures of the burrowing owls on their street. He then dropped me off. I thanked him and once more began my trek. I want to thank Norma and David again for having me and feeding me like crazy. Anyways, as I walked along side U.S. 41 I got toRead More →

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State: New Hampshire Date: June 20th, 2016 There are certain places in the world that people need to see. The Cathedral of the Pines is one of those places. When I found out about it during the course of my research for this trip, it went to the top of my list for New Hampshire. I arrived at the Cathedral of Pines tired after nearly 20 miles of various inclines and hills. The excitement of getting to it pushed me farther than I should have gone, which is why I collapsed in front of the sign and had to rest for half an hour beforeRead More →

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State: New Hampshire Date: 06/05/16 Volunteer: www.gotlunchlaconia.org In each state I find a place to volunteer to make the world a better place wherever I go. Some of the time, I look for volunteering opportunities  online (like I did in Maine with volunteering through workaway.info at a homestead), but more often the places find me. This past Sunday (July 3rd, 2016), I went to the Congregational Church of Laconia, United Church of Christ. It was suggested by Kelly and Sean, a couple who gave me a ride into Laconia.  I met some wonderful people there and was given the opportunity to share a recent story of God working in myRead More →

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State: Florida I woke up early to deer calling to each other pretty close to my camp. I felt great because I slept well. After stretching I broke camp. As I hiked, I thought about how much I couldn’t wait to change all my gear for a lighter style of backpacking. I reached a 7/11 mid-morning and went in to get a large sweet tea and the breakfast of champions…buffalo rollers. I sat down under a shady tree on the side of Old Kings Road and reflected on all the good times I had the past week with the Linkinhoker family. You couldn’t wipe theRead More →

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State: Florida I was slow to get up because I didn’t sleep much at all. The sound from the road kept me up and the fact I had a roof rat (a species of rat in Florida that lives in trees and often in roofs, hence the nickname) land on my head during the night. Eventually, I got up after my morning routine of stretching and reading my bible. I finished crossing the causeway and was passing a gas station when this guy started coming toward me. “Hey man, I saw you back there and was curious what your sign said,” he said. “Oh, I’mRead More →

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State: Florida When I got up I was pretty tired. I didn’t sleep well and the bugs really didn’t help. Even though I was completely covered in my sleeping bag, they still got in. I got a particularly painful bite right on my neck too. Yet I thanked God that I had I nice secluded place to sleep and prayed the prayer I pray every day. For him to lead me on the path He’s set for me and to guide me to people I’m supposed to meet. I set out north with my goal for the day being to get to U.S. 41. TheRead More →

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State: New Hampshire Fan Topic Suggestion by Sheila Harper One of the big missions of my trip across America is to get stronger in my Christian faith. After 6 months on the road, my faith has never been stronger. The reason is I’ve seen God working in my life. One of the first prayers I did on this journey was along these lines: “Lord, I know I can be stubborn and my head can get in the way, so I don’t know if it’s you talking to me or not. So can you please just show me in my travels and let me know it’sRead More →

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State: Maine I woke up sore and tired. Reason being was I stayed up late because I had WiFi and wanted to work on some updates. Anyways, after taking some aspirin and folding up my rainfly, I headed out determined to make it to Mars Hill. Now I only had 25 miles to go and my average in Florida was typically 15-20 miles in a day, with my record being 30 miles. However, the terrain in Maine is a lot different (i.e. more hilly). So my average was cut to 10-15 miles per day. Therefore, I knew in order to make it, I’d be walkingRead More →

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State: Florida I got up and quickly realized that my phone hadn’t been charging. Turns out the external battery charger I had wasn’t as charged as I thought it was and my phone battery was dwindling at 10%. I looked for the closest library on my GPS and then shut off my phone to save the remaining battery for emergencies. It turned out that it was going to be a 10 mile hike to the closest library because I was walking through Ocala National Forest. A short ways down the road, a van pulled over and the driver offered me a ride. He told meRead More →

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State: Florida Today I got up and found a rather large spider in my boot. Law of survival: always check your boots before you put them on. I packed up and headed out. As I was walking I decided I wouldn’t spend any money on food the rest of the week because I was alright on my road food (almonds, tuna fish, jerky, ect) and I had splurged a bit on eating out at subway and such. Then if I made it to the end of the week, I would treat myself to chinese food, which I’d been craving for quite a while. The reasonRead More →

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