John and I have discussed many options for routes, but there are a few things that have been consistent priorities as we plan.
-We want to start on the east coast with our feet in the Atlantic Ocean and finish in San Francisco with a ceremonious trip over the Golden Gate Bridge and put our feet in the Pacific.
-We want to pass through the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania where the idea for this walk really took hold. It is also where John and I were married.
-We want to pass through Athens, OH where John and I met and went to school. There is something about Athens that will always be home. Camelot Puppy Sanctuary, where Max and Grace were adopted from, is also in the area.
-We want to cross the northern part of the country rather than the middle. Though there are plenty who have done it, no sane person wants to walk through Kansas in July (no offense, Kansas).
-We do not want to walk diagonally across Nevada. That much time in the desert isn’t good for anyone.
-We have to get over the Rockies by mid-August or we might not get to walk over them at all. Snow happens early there.
-We would love to walk through at least part of Yosemite National Park
-We want the route to be 3,600 miles or less
Here is our best plan to date. Now its time to start really researching it. Obviously it is not exact, but it’s a trajectory. Any comments are welcome!
This northern route into Oregon and then South to San Francisco is about 3,500 miles. At 20 miles a day walking 5 days a week, this route would take us around nine months. Here is a link to the route on GoogleMaps if you want to interact with it or just get a better look!