These people also crossed the USA on foot, or are doing it at the present moment. They gave me valuable information, support, and encouragement. I believe it is very important to acknowledge their participation. Many thanks to each one of them!
Björn has been talking to me via email and through his comments on the web site since I was still in Florida. His encouragement has been very important to me. He is now preparing for his third (yes, the third) USA crossing. I am looking forward to meet him during my visit to Europe this Summer.
I met Drew on the road near Parker, AZ. He and his mother were super nice with me, we could spend a little time talking. The next day they even brought me a bag of ice while I was on the road! Drew is an inspiration to me and others.
Gary has an impressive story! Many years on the road, plenty of experience! During the few minutes we spent together we gave me many ideas and valuable advice. I feel lucky that I have met him!
It was early evening some place East of Austin when I got an unexpected phone call from Jeff. He called to encourage me and to exchange some ideas. What a great moment! Talking to someone who is doing the same thing.
Well… not quite. Jeff is much more of a runner than I am. But watch me, dude! I will catch up.
John is a supporter of all people dedicated to crossing the USA on foot, and his web site USA Crossers is one of the best references online about who is doing it currently and who has done it in the past.
His encouragement and networking has been very valuable to myself and many others.
About a week before I started my travel Paul Staso contacted me via email and he gave me some very valuable advice. His web site was also very helpful. I remember particularly a week while I was still in Florida and had a sequence of very difficult days on the road and his encouragement was very welcome.
Perhaps the most important advice of all: “Be flexible”, I got from Skip. A mutual friend introduced us and Skip gave me plenty of information and answered a bunch of questions.
Since we started exchanging messages about a month ago, Zoë has been a constant friend on the road. It’s funny that we are doing similar things about the same time, but in opposite directions. Zoë has been encouraging me, helping find places to stay, and being an overall super positive presence if not in person at least over the phone. In a sport without groupies, without cheerleaders, and without people around most of the time, what a difference it makes to be in constant contact with a fellow runner!
PS: I use the term “fellow runner” very loosely here. Zoë, Paul, Björn, Jeff, Drew… these people run much more, much faster, much better than I do. I have as much if not more enjoyment doing it, but in terms of athleticism they leave me in the dust. But keep watching… I will catch up you speed demons!