2 coasts ... 1 HOPE

On January 6th 2009, I will be flying out to LA and walking back to Boston, raising money for cancer research. The route I'm taking should take 5 months and cover roughly 3,800 miles. We will be filming the entire trip for an upcoming documentary.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Reservation for one

This morning I woke up at 5 (my time) and went down to the lobby to check the web. I ate some breakfast, relooked at the route for the day, and had some more breakfast. Once we were ready to leave this was the view from the hotel parking lot.

We got on route and started at 8 am sharp. The route we had chosen was 27 miles and lead to the turn around the northern part of Joshua Tree National Park. I felt good even though my right leg was still acting up. I was just walking along minding my business, when out of nowhere.....an Indian reservation check point. Carl, Eric and Steve drove up to the booth, as I walked in, to ask permission to enter. DENIED!?! Ok now what. Plan b. We went to the local library and researched the alternate route. Which turned out to be the original one I found last night. Easy enough right. WRONG!!! Here is the road I ended up on.....

What we knew about it was, it went east along route 10 and it may connect to some place we were going. The guys left me, to head to where we thought this may go, because the rental couldn't make it and I was off. About 200 yards in the road became paved and I was pretty proud that I knew this would work out. As I walked I could see a shimmer in the distance. No, couldn't be, not that soon. IT WAS!! The crew had found a way to get to me. It was good to share the longest, most boring road to date with them. We successfully made it to the side of the highway we wanted to be on and continued.

There weren't to many planned excursions on this trip, Winkie's, Salvation Mountain, and Giant Dinosaurs.

Yes guys and gals those are the same Dinos that are in Pee Wee's Big Adventure Check it out

So I walked a little bit more before my legs couldn't do it. I fell a little short of the goal I set for myself but.

Tomorrow we get our first look at Joshua Tree and we are all pretty excited for that.

Day 7 total: 21.3
Jesse Walks America total: 125.2
Poll total: 21.3


NANCY said...

Which Native Americans reservation? Could we have done something to help you gain access? Are you going to run into this again? Not expecting you to answer these questions I'm just putting them out their I case someone else does this and uses your experience as a guide.

Steven said...

nice call on the road. just keep going east,lol....couldnt see the reservation on the spot map....

green bean said...

i am very happy you went there! did you get to go up into that dinos mouth?