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, February 4, 2009

Just to be the man who walked.......

I hit 500 today........

I started the day packing up my Switchback Hybrid for the road. With everything in place Kelly Baker and I loaded it into the truck and headed to Globe. With a quick stop at my new favorite place "Jack's", we were off. Thanks again to Kelly, Jamie, and Hunter for your hospitality.

Started walking around 10ish, it was a lot easier than the last few days. As I reached Peridot, AZ and entered the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation I lost phone service. So, I found a payphone and called to check in and explain that I may be without service for awhile. With that done...

I walked about another 4 miles before a pickup pulled up and asked what I was doing. So after a little explanation, Paul explained how it may be better if he gave me a lift out off the reservation so I won't have to camp. So we loaded up the Switchback Hybrid and hit the road. It was just for my safety that Paul said I shouldn't spend the next couple nights out there. We had a great talk and he explained a lot of what I was seeing as we drove. He dropped me in Safford, AZ and headed off down the road.

So being in a town this early with no place on the side of the road to crash I did the only thing I could, got a room. I'm sitting in the Super 8 Motel in Safford, AZ two days ahead of schedule. By schedule I mean, I have CouchSurfing in Las Cruces, NM for the next weekend and of course my long goal, 40 days to Dallas and Kelly.

Every stranger that I have had the chance to talk to has lost someone to or knows someone living with cancer. It is truly amazing how this disease affects so many people. I made a deal with a new friend that I would start talking to more people about what I'm doing and I started today. People will know about this walk and we will make a difference.

If you wear one of these, please leave a comment. Let's get a count on how many members of the LIVESTRONG ARMY we have following me across the country.


Day 28 total: 22
Jesse Walks America total: 503.4

11 comments:

Steve Duffy said...

I'll start it out. LIVESTRONG!

MUM said...

And I will follow.
LIVESTRONG.
I think that should be your theme song!!!!
Smart thing to take a ride.
Good decision!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're safe, and have service! Doing awesome :) LIVESTRONG!

Steven said...

whats the problem with all these indian reservations??? are they that much of a hassle??? do what you need to to be safe. family guy rules!! so many stories in 500 miles, and the adventure is still young. take care.

Moe said...

I LIVE STONG everyday for someone for LIVED STRONG for me!My name is symbol of someone who also LIVED STRONG, GERONIMO.

Steven said...

i warmed some waffles the way i worded my earlier comment. i didnt mean anything negative or disrespecting. sorry. i just didnt get why it would be unsafe. and to quote my close friend, " we are all part of a tribe, HYL tribe "

lavoie said...

http://www.hangintherejack.com/ <- free curly fries at jack in the box on the 10th. figured you might like this haha. :)

Kristin said...

"If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you, I came to live outloud." -Emile Zola
And I have to add. . .I am her to LIVESTRONG!!!!

Kristin said...

Oh darn. . .that really should have said "I am HERE to Livestrong." Maybe need someone to teach me how to remove my blog comments when I realize I've made a spelling error. HA-HA!

Jack said...

"Life is life, kind is kind."

caitlyn said...

LIVESTRONG!