Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

End of the journey

Posted August 26, 2010

Well, he made it! My nomadic nephew Matt Green has finished his walk across America. It took him 152 days to cover roughly 3,100 miles from Rockaway Beach, NY to Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

Matt wrapped things up with a plunge into the chilly waters of the Pacific. His mom, my sister Miriam, was there to cheer him on along with many others. Miriam said his “feet didn’t look that bad for 3,100 miles.”

I’ve put up a link to a national news story on the big finish. I’d like to thank all of the Carolina Conversations bloggers who have been following Matt’s journey. Special thanks to Thomas Fenske for setting up a Matt Green Fans page on Facebook.

Matt will be in Raleigh in a couple of weeks for my daughter’s wedding. I can’t wait to see him and hear more about his incredible odyssey. We’ll try to book him on one of our newscasts for an interview.

Matt took a break from his civil engineering career to see the country and meet interesting people.  He’s proven to be a superb photographer along the way and has lots of stories to tell about the goodness of America and the people who greeted him with warm hospitality from sea to shining sea.

Feel free to leave Matt a message here and I will pass it along to him.


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  • axepack Aug 31, 2010

    It was a fantastic journey following his travels on his blog. Thanks Bill for putting me onto that a few months back on your morning news. I looked forward to every work lunch when I could check out his new photos and captions.

  • Mark G Aug 27, 2010

    Hats off to you, Matt. You've done what many only dream about.

  • aikeninmi Aug 26, 2010

    Some of Matt's photographs are works of art. He captured America in such a special way. I followed Matt's journey through his blog and it was fun, congrats Matt on the completion of this great milestone.

  • little blue 2 Aug 26, 2010

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Matt's blog every day. Thanks, Bill, for alerting us when he started. I think I only missed the first few days. I hope you will let us know if he puts up a larger collection of his photos, I would like to see more.

    Congratulations Matt!!! (But I was hoping you would turn around and walk home!)

  • kblount1 Aug 26, 2010

    What a journey and for all of us who followed him from day one - what will we do now that we can't check on Matt everyday. He had quite a following and we are all wondering what we will do with the extra time. If you get a chance to interview him on TV please let us know here so we won't miss it.

    Congrats again and again Matt!

  • garnertoy Aug 26, 2010

    Matt what a journey im sure you will have fond memories for a life time great job

  • thefensk Aug 26, 2010

    You're welcome, Bill. I found out only yesterday there was another page too ... but we topped out at a disappointing 135 members on the page I set up.

    And thank YOU, Bill, for telling us about this so we could follow with Matt on this incredible journey. It is the type of journey so many of us would love to do but would never find the time or the inclination to actually undertake. He took over 1400 photos and videos on this journey and taken all together, they comprise a true cross-section of Americana. He showed both humor and humanity and he also had a pretty good camera eye since many of his photos are postcard quality.
    Through it all, he was upbeat and classy. He never failed to inform his loyal fans about the many acts of kindness he encountered. Negatives, if any, were not mentioned at all.

    Kudos to you, Matt. I hope we get to meet one day.

  • moo Aug 26, 2010

    I have so enjoyed reading Matt's blog every day....what an amazing journey!! I've been so amazed and impressed with the people he has met along the way. It would be great to see him on WRAL while he's in town; after seeing America through his eyes, I'd love to hear him talk about his journey.

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