Our route

Our planned route across America

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Our planned walking route across America covers just over 3,000 miles from east to west.  Although there are plenty of ways to walk across the country, we’ve chosen a historical theme and will be following wherever possible the routes of European settlers and pioneers across the country.

We start in Jamestown, VA, the first permanent English settlement in North America, and cross Virginia, picking up the 18th-century Great Wagon Road along the Appalachians and the Wilderness Road into Tennessee and over the mountains in Kentucky.

We cross southern Indiana and Illinois to reach St. Louis, for a long time the westernmost city in America, and then follow the Missouri river from Kansas City to Omaha.  Here we join the Oregon Trail through Nebraska and Wyoming, and then pick up the path of the Mormon Trail to Salt Lake City.

Finally, we follow the route of the California Trail and the Intercontinental Railroad across the desert to San Francisco – which we hope to reach some time in October 2010.


8 Responses to “Our route”

  1. christine Says:

    hi rich-
    i do enjoy reading your notes! how fun that you made it to tennessee, if only briefly. my housemate Tim is from outside of Johnson City, which is far away from nowhere. he left to go to NYU and never went back… his mom would have been happy to have you but she’s actually in seattle for the wk. and there was NO WAY we were going to send you over when just the dad was home (cranky baptist minister). anyway, keep on posting… my friend alece from nashville has friends in the omaha/KC area, so maybe you’ll need a place to crash there. and don’t forget near salt lake city, my friend midge and her husband would be happy to have you! she’s traveled all around the world too… and she’s not mormon, in case that makes a difference 🙂 too bad you’re not coming to seattle- you could crash here..
    take care, be safe.
    p.s. hi sally! nice to “meet” you!

  2. Ngaire Says:

    Dear Rich and Sally, I started reading your blog yesterday and realised I had to read it backwards. Have just got back to day 1 and I will get Doug started on it tonight. I’m finding the journey very interesting. Would love to cover some of that ground myself next time we are in the states. Good luck with what is still to come.
    Love Ngaire

  3. Sarah Says:

    Rich! (And Sally — hi!)
    I only just discovered this adventure of yours while reading Steve O’s blog on his sabbatical in Europe. WOWEEE!! This is so totally cool. I am starting to look through your blog and am really enjoying it — and I am thrilled to hear that your ultimate destination is San Francisco! Lucky us! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Sarah

  4. Dan Wilson Says:

    I must have been remiss. But this is my first visit: so plenty of catch up reading to be done.

    I had only a vague notion of where Wyoming is. I have now clarified this and feel better.

    Keep on walking.


  5. Jason Says:

    So glad you are doing this trip, so I can cross it off my list. Hope to see you in the Bay Area.

  6. Kim Says:

    Hey guys,

    I live in Elko, NV. n was reading the paper n seen your picture in the paper n was reading it….. That is soooooooo awesome that you are doing this, I think it would be a BLAST! I commend you for this! It’s sad we live here in America n most of us choose to drive n miss alot of the beauty it has to offer!

    Best of luck on the last part of your “walk”! I have friends in the Bay area, so say hi for me! 🙂

  7. Annette Says:


    I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning (I believe we have a mutual friend- Helen C. who put me onto it via Facebook). My mother has been enjoying it as well.
    You write so well! It has given me a great picture of corners of the USA that I will likely never see.
    I thought that it was time that I emailed some encouragement, assuming that you have not yet arrived on the west coast. If you have aleady hit the Pacific-congratulations!

  8. Lee Vervoort Says:

    Hello to you both. That is an amazing story and trek! Very cool that you walked through Kentucky. It’s where I grew up. Interesting blog, well written. I hope the two of you are well and prospering in other journeys.

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