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I was thinking that right after I got out of highschool, and before I went to college, of walking across the U.S.A I would go from California to North Carolina.
How long do you think it would take?
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are you doing it for yourself or for some charity?

im guessing if you keep a steady pace for everyday that you walk, youd probably need a month maximum. it also depends what shape you are in, health problems, etc
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Id probably go a couple blocks before I realize that I could be doing better things.
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are you doing it for yourself or for some charity?

im guessing if you keep a steady pace for everyday that you walk, youd probably need a month maximum. it also depends what shape you are in, health problems, etc


The distance is ~2450 miles.

It takes someone 70 days to walk John O' Groats to Lands End in the UK (not including rest days) which is a mere 1111 miles.

So 20 rest days in every 70 days, you're looking at aound 200-220 days. Then again, variation in land has to be taken into account as well. The trek would cross desert and mountain, as well as other environments. A month? Forget about it.
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I was actually thinking of doing the same thing. maybe we'll cross paths
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my uncle went from burlington, vermont to newport beach california on a bike in 82 days. he said by the end they were constantly hungry, and just wanted to get back home.

walking it might be lame for the flyover states, though. you should jump freight cars like a real man.
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its probably going to take you a good 4 months. most people take at least that long to hike the appalachian trail, which is of similar distance. plus figure on training for at least 4-5 months in advance. start running on a daily basis to build up your cardiovascular endurance. take a few days where you just walk all day to get an idea of what its like.

its not going to be as simple as "im gonna go out for a walk across the country. brb."
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my uncle went from burlington, vermont to newport beach california on a bike in 82 days. he said by the end they were constantly hungry, and just wanted to get back home.

walking it might be lame for the flyover states, though. you should jump freight cars like a real man.



Sweet Idea. I probably should have elaborated more...

I want to get from coast to coast with nothing but the clothes on my back. pretty much being homeless traveling across the country. I get get there any way possible (except by owning a vehicle, or a ticket too one). I think the hardest part will be finding temporary jobs/ways to get food. Sure there are homeless shelters, but will I really know where to find one?
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Sweet Idea. I probably should have elaborated more...

I want to get from coast to coast with nothing but the clothes on my back. pretty much being homeless traveling across the country. I get get there any way possible (except by owning a vehicle, or a ticket too one). I think the hardest part will be finding temporary jobs/ways to get food. Sure there are homeless shelters, but will I really know where to find one?


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Sweet Idea. I probably should have elaborated more...

I want to get from coast to coast with nothing but the clothes on my back. pretty much being homeless traveling across the country. I get get there any way possible (except by owning a vehicle, or a ticket too one). I think the hardest part will be finding temporary jobs/ways to get food. Sure there are homeless shelters, but will I really know where to find one?


Nothing but the clothes on your back?

That's irresponsible. Look at the general route. Desert, mountains, forests. You're not going to be anywhere near civilisation most of the time. You'll need a tent, food, extra clothes, seasonal and climate related clothes, first aid kit... if you aren't prepared, you'll be f*cked.
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Sweet Idea. I probably should have elaborated more...

I want to get from coast to coast with nothing but the clothes on my back. pretty much being homeless traveling across the country. I get get there any way possible (except by owning a vehicle, or a ticket too one). I think the hardest part will be finding temporary jobs/ways to get food. Sure there are homeless shelters, but will I really know where to find one?
i think you might want to bring a tent and sleeping bag too, because most of the way probably wont have homeless shelters. you could try begging a place to stay and a meal from people along the way, but that might not work all the time. and you might get texas chainsaw massacre'd.

either way, youre probably going to have to plan on sleeping outside for a large portion of the time, and being extremely hungry for the whole time. if you figure youre going to have to cover 20 miles a day, and that might not even get you through in one year, then you will be burning thousands of calories a day. you will probably lose weight and gain muscle, but it will be hard to keep up with your calorie expenditure.

and then theres the cost. the walking distance is probably going to be 3000-4000 miles, divided by 20 miles/day is 150-200 days on the road, plus you will probably want to rest/work some of the time. so if your food budget is 15 dollars a day, which seems reasonable, thats 2000-3000 dollars, which is an expensive trip. if you have that much set away, you might be able to do it without stopping and working, but that seems too much like part of the vagabond dream to miss, so you might want to get day labor jobs along the way, which probably wont pay well since i doubt they would hire you as an actual employee.

im not trying to discourage you or anything, but ive looked into it some. i for one would not do it until after i turned 21, because being able to drink in bars might help you find opportunities for work, getting laid, etc. also, you would be less constrained to going into college after the end of the year.

if you do it man, you got more balls than me, and my hats off to you.



edit: its 2300 miles from NC to davis, california as the crow flies. stretched out thats probably between 3000 and 4000 miles, i would guess.

edit: actually more like 2800 miles, over roads. thats not too bad.
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