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Walk Across America

Posted April 5, 2010

My nephew is in the 10th day of his walk across America. I would like to collect greetings and well wishes from our fine Carolina Conversations bloggers to pass along to Matt Green. Please take a moment to comment.

Matt is walking from Rockaway, NY to Rockaway, OR. He estimates the trip will take nine months. Matt is doing this simply for the adventure. He doesn’t have any corporate sponsors. He’s not traveling with a political agenda. He may write a book about his experience. Beyond that he’s just enjoying the freedom each day to walk, talk and make new friends and see new places.

Matt is a wonderful young man. He was valedictorian for his graduating class in high school and went on to get an engineering degree. But he couldn’t get over a burning desire to see the rest of the country. So, before he settles down he wanted to travel across the fruited plain and see America in a unique journey. Matt’s mother is my sister Miriam. While she’s excited about his trek she also says “this will be the longest nine months of my life.”

I’m leaving a link to his web site. Please take a moment to check it out. He has some interesting photographs. Let me know what you think.


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  • CestLaVie Apr 6, 2010

    This reminds me of "The Peace Pilgrim" and just recently I read "Blind Courage" about a blind man named Bill Irwin who completely hiked the AT with his guide dog.

    Matt: The people in the above books are certainly inspiring, as are you!! Good luck and God bless.

  • marywag Apr 5, 2010

    Bill and Matt, the trip is awesome!! Bill we do hope you can join Matt on his travels!! The photos and stories so far are terrific!! wish we could be with him, take care and good luck on your travels..Love, Cuz Mary

  • bleslie Apr 5, 2010

    I read Peter Jenkins' book and it was terrific!

  • genegeneandnancy Apr 5, 2010

    Good luck on your journey..have fun and enjoy all the new experiences that you will have. Be safe!

  • dharper22 Apr 5, 2010

    Matt, I am fascinated by your intentions to see the country this year. Great! And, good luck. I was privileged to work with your uncle Bill.

  • thefensk Apr 5, 2010

    A guy named Peter Jenkins did this in the 1970s and wrote several books about his travels. I think the jogging stroller is a great idea. Thanks for the link, I look forward to following his trip.

  • estrauch Apr 5, 2010

    AWESOME! Not many would have the courage to strike out alone on such an adventure. I'm looking forward to hearing more! And in a world that can be cruel, he is lucky to have met some really nice people along the way.

  • ECU4lyf Apr 5, 2010

    wish i could walk one block without giving up, good luck to Matt

  • lseltmann Apr 5, 2010

    That's such an awesome adventure! What a great way to meet different folks across our country. Enjoy the journey Matt!

  • blytle Apr 5, 2010

    Matt: I think you are very courageous and adventurous to be taking this trip. Best of luck and I hope the trip is everything you hope it will be. I pray that you will be safe and that you will see the best that this country has to offer.




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