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.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Wind & The Winnebago

So the morning started the same as the rest, breakfast followed by a 35+ min. ride to the route. We left off right off the highway so finding it was easy. The problem was it was a dirt road. AGAIN ! It followed the highway in the direction we're heading, so off I went.

The van was able to follow me for a few miles, but then the dirt road became a dirt path. I was on my own walking east with the highway. Soon the dirt path became nothing, so I decided to climb the hill and get a better view of where I was headed.
By hill I mean small mountain. On the top there were wind turbines everywhere, but I got a look at where I had to get. Once down to the highway it wasn't long before I met up with the guys.

Now earlier in the morning I received a Twitter comment from someone following the walk, named Florian. He said he lives in the Palm spring area and would like to come out and say hi. Cool. As I met the guys, he pulled up. Perfect timing because he had been trying to find me and was ready to head home. So we chatted for a bit and took a picture. It was nice to meet you Florian and Eddie(the dog) too.

Off down Route 62 I headed. It was an uphill, windy walk through the canyon. I stopped once to take a break and snapped this picture..

That motor home was going about 45 mph and was really that close. It was the only shady place I could find at that point.

I walked about another 9 miles fighting the wind. I have yet to walk with the wind at my back. Oh well. I decided my ankle couldn't handle any more and found the guys.

I think we may be taking another day off tomorrow to see if I can get healthy. We should be camping in Joshua Tree in the next couple days. That will be fun.

Day 8 total: 20 miles
Jesse Walks America total: 145.3
Poll total: 41.3

1 comment:

Steven said...

the wind turbine fields look pretty cool. wonder how long before we start seeing them here in the east.( they have been debating on them in NH for awhile) wow that winnebago was close.....