The Route

I divided the entire route in 88 segments. That does not mean they are to be done in 88 days. The final goal is to make it in 100 days and I will be adding days off between these segments as necessary to recover from fatigue and injuries. Also, the length of these segments is based on estimates and presumptions that are not verifiable until reality hits so if necessary I will take my time and slow down.

However, the first time around I did it all in 117 days plus days off. This time I will be starting in much better shape and with plenty of experience, so I believe that a 100 day goal is realistic. Time will tell, of course, but I am very confident a 100 day schedule is possible.

Here is a file with the schedule estimates for the entire run. I will be updating this file as planning and the run progress.

  CALIFORNIA

Segment 1: Venice Beach Pier to Hsi Lai Temple (31.2 miles)

Venice Beach to Hsi Lai TempleThe day will start at 9am from Venice Beach Pier, with an easy (possibly hungover) jog through Skid Row in Los Angeles and continue all the way to El Monte Metrolink Station where we will call it the day.

 

Segment 2: Hsi Lai Temple to Ontario Amtrak Station (21.5 miles)

Hsi Lai Temple to Ontario AmtrakIt is prudent to make the second day easy so the distance will be a little shorter and the pace probably more of a walk.

Need hosting in Los Angeles area.

 

Segment 3: Ontario Amtrak Station to Leonard Bailey Park, Loma Linda (26.1 miles)

Ontario to Loma LindaNow leaving the convenience of the Metrolink system, will end the run in Loma Linda, which may be the last one before starting to camp. Support is very important on this one.

Need transportation and hosting in Los Angeles area.

Segment 4: Loma Linda to Cabazon (29.6 miles)

Loma Linda to CabazonWill end the run at the MacDonalds near the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon. That is the end of the urban part of the start of this run and from that point on camping is a real option. If I don’t find someone to host me I will be camping in an area nearby that I used during the first run in 2011. It would be a lot better to sleep indoors, however.

Need transportation and hosting in the area.

Segment 5: Cabazon to Morongo Valley (22.4 miles)

Cabazon to Morongo ValleyAfter 4 days of pushing hard through flat terrain and suffering from the shock of the new routine, this will probably be a very challenging day. This route includes some noticeable elevation gains in the morning, running through the wind farms, and ending the day with a brutal uphill to get to Morongo Valley. So I don’t think I will be able to do more than some 22 miles or so.

Need hosting in Morongo Valley.

Segment 6: Morongo Valley to Twentynine Palms (32 miles)

Morongo Valley to Twentynine PalmsThis segment has some modest changes in elevation and it is for the most part easy. Opportunity to add some miles to the average. It will be the last urban segment before starting the brutal desert crossing around the north side of Joshua Tree.

Need hosting in Twentynine Palms.

Segment 7: Twentynine Palms to some point in the desert, North of Joshua Three (33.2 miles)

Twentynine Palms to California desertFirst day in pure desert running. After the first 6 miles or so that area is nearly empty, not even gas stations along the way. I will be depending on help for water and it would be amazing if I get someone from Twentynine Palms to pick me up and host me and bring me back. If not, I will be camping.

Need support to bring food and water, or transport and hosting. Either way is good.

Segment 8: California desert (33 miles)

California DesertThis is one of the most miserable, uneventful and arduous part of the entire running across the USA. This part of the run doesn’t have any services, not even gas stations, and no residential areas. I will be really on my own at this point. Camping in the desert again. The camping conditions are not very bad however.

Not much hope for anyone to go that far to offer support, so I will count on getting water from the contractor trucks and should have enough food for that crossing.

Segment 9: California desert to Vidal Junction (29.5 miles)

Vidal JunctionStill the same nothingness and desolation of the desert in California, but this time in the afternoon I will be reaching Vidal Junction, where there is a store where I can re-supply.

  ARIZONA

Segment 10: Parker, Arizona (31.4 miles)

Parker ArizonaWill go through Parker, crossing into the state of Arizona. Parker has good markets and it will be a good point to resupply and have a support package waiting for me. Either I will be staying in the city at a motel, or I will keep running until I clear the indian reservation to camp.

Need transportation to and hosting the the city of Parker.

Segment 11: Bouse and Hope (32.1 miles)

Bouse and HopeBouse has a casino where I can re-supply, and the plan is to keep going all the way to Hope, where there is excellent camping area.

 

 

 

 

Segment 12: Salome and Arizona desert (30.9 miles)

Salome and Arizona desertDefinitely one of the most boring parts of this journey. This part of the way is nearly a straight line through the desert with very little to use as reference points other than mountains in the horizon. Will re-supply in Salome and run all the way to near the water canal to camp the night.

 

Segment 13: Tonopah Valley High School (25.5 miles)

Tonopah Valley High SchoolThis part of the desert is flat but very dusty, and with plenty of heavy trucks passing by to keep the dust in the air. Support will be very important in this segment as there will be few opportunities to get water.

Need support along the way, specially to bring water.

Segment 14: Tonopah to Avondale (32.3 miles)

Tonopah to AvondaleNow reaching urban areas again, supply should not be a problem. I will also be within reach of friends and support from Phoenix and may even have people running with me. The terrain is very flat and should be beginning to feel it easy as I will be on the road for two weeks already.

Need transportation, hosting, support along the way and runners.

Segment 15: Avondale to South Mountain Park, Phoenix (24.9 miles)

Avondale to PhoenixWhat a great way to finish the run in Phoenix! Conquering one of its mountains. It will be a 2000ft ascent with great views. Hopefully I will have many runners and friends there with me. I have many friends in the hashing community and they have been showing amazing support.

 


DAY OFF

Will take a day off to recover, check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and enjoy the company of my friends from Phoenix area.


Segment 16: South Mountain Park to Apache Junction (32.3 miles)

Phoenix to Apache JunctionIt will be a gorgeous run down from South Mountain, followed by a nearly straight line across the city.

Need transportation, hosting, support along the way and runners.

Segment 17: Apache Junction to Superior (32.2 miles)

Apache Junction to SuperiorBack to the routine or running along the roads in flat terrain. Will have opportunities to resupply along the way.

Hosting would be great, but if not I can just get a motel room in Superior.

 

Segment 18: Superior to Apache reservation (31.7 miles)

Superior to Apache reservationThis will be a very challenging day. From Superior the road winds through a gorgeous canyon with very significant elevation gain. Running at 4500 ft elevation one feels the altitude very much. Will end the day at the casino of the Apache reservation. I don’t like the idea of camping inside an indian reservation, and I also remember that the road there is very well fenced all along the way and it would be though to find good camping spot.

It would be nice to have some support so to not need to carry the backpack full on this part, and be able to resupply often, especially with water.

Segment 19: Apache reservation to San Carlos reservoir (31.3 miles)

Apache reservation to San Carlos reservoirFlat, uneventful, plain desert. Will camp in the desert half-way to Pima.

 

 

 

 

Segment 20: San Carlos Reservoir to Pima (35.4 miles)

San Carlos reservoir to PimaMore flat, uneventful desert, but this time I will be ending up between Pima and Safford, where I can resupply and spend the night in a motel to rest.

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 21: Pima to Colorado Trail (40 miles)

Pima to Colorado TrailMore flat, uneventful desert and a night camping. It’s time to be adding more miles every day so I should try to keep it above 32 miles on days when the run is flat for the most part. In this segment between here and Las Cruces I will attempt to keep the average at 40 miles.

 

  NEW MEXICO

Segment 22: Colorado Trail to US-180 (40 miles)

Colorado Trail to NM-180Still very flat road and I should try to keep the mileage high and the conditions will change during the next few days. No chance to resupply here and will end the day camping in the desert.

 

 

Segment 23: US-180 to Silver City (40 miles)

US-180 to Silver CityOne of the toughest days! At least I will be finishing in Silver City where I can rest and resupply properly.

 

 

 

 

Segment 24: Silver City to Sawyers Peak (40 miles)

Silver City to Sawyers PeakA segment that will truly test if I am prepared well enough. It will probably be the highest altitude that I will be camping during this run! After Silver City there is no appropriate resupplying along the way as there are no cities and I am not very familiar with it. The good side is that there are plenty of outdoors people visiting that area and I may be able to connect to some of them too. At least finding water should be fine. Also, on this segment the elevation will make it beautiful, but at the same time it will be brutal. It is a gorgeous, winding, high road from here on. Even in the valley, which was pretty flat all across AZ and into NM, the elevations were around 4500ft. Now I will be running around 6500ft. Running this high feels like you have a sock stuck in your mouth.

Segment 25: Sawyers Peak to the Rio Grande (40 miles)

Sawyers Peak to The Rio GrandeI will probably have a chance to resupply when I reach the Rio Grande and turn South towards Las Cruces. From that point on the area is flat and not difficult so this is the chance to break the 40 mile mark, if I haven’t done it yet. Will camp in the desert.

 

 

Segment 26: Rio Grande to Las Cruces (40 miles)

Rio Grande to Las CrucesThis area is flat, boring, and easy. Time to just add as many miles as possible and finish the day by camping again. At this point I will be probably quite tired from crossing the mountains and hopefully by the end of the day someone from Las Cruces will be able to pick me up from the road. Las Cruces will be one of the major cities along this trip and I expect to find lots of friends and support from runners.

 

  TEXAS

Segment 27: Las Cruces to El Paso (41.2 miles)

Las Cruces to El PasoOne of the highlights of this run will be going from Las Cruces to El Paso. I hope to have other runners with me along the way and want to finish it right before getting into the Transmountain Rd.

At this point I put myself under the care of the El Paso hashers. As they have done before they will pick me up, throw parties, make me drink absurd amounts of beer and have too much fun. They will be running with me and I know for sure that the next 3 or 4 days will be surreal.

Segment 28: Around El Paso (26.2 miles)

El PasoIt will be a marathon distance across the Transmountain Rd where I will need some support also with a vehicle because it seems a section of that road is not open for pedestrian traffic. Then around Fort Bliss and along Montana Ave just enough to complete the 26.2 miles. Some will join in on this run near the end or during the Transmountain part of it, and some diehards may even do the entire thing with me.


DAY OFF

Need a day off to recover and just have fun with my friends in El Paso! Will check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and enjoy the company of my friends.


Segment 29: El Paso to Texas desert (30 miles)

After El PasoPhysically recovered but probably very hungover, I will make some 30 miles, through canyons and passing the Porder Patrol checkpoint and going uphill for a while until I reach the plateau ahead where the view is gorgeous and the road monotonous again. It will be a straight line for a while.

It would be great to have a visit from someone from El Paso bringing food and water.

Segment 30: Texas desert to Salt Flat (40 miles)

Salt FlatThis place is very special. A lake of salt, dry as a bone, and a totally straight road, slightly downhill all the way. Perfect conditions to add some significant miles and be at reaching distance of Guadalupe Pass. There is one old restaurant on the way where I can resupply.

Segment 31: Salt Flat to Guadalupe Pass (30.1 miles)

Salt Flat to Guadalupe PassThe elevation around Salt Flat is about 4000 ft, and it goes uphill to 5500 ft across Guadalupe Pass. It is very challenging especially considering that it will be late in the afternoon, when I will be the most tired. Will camp somewhere between the pass and the service station there is going downhill on the other side.

 

Segment 32: Guadalupe Pass to Texas desert (34.6 miles)

Guadalupe Pass to Texas desertThis segment is again very boring and uneventful. These part of the country is just desert and oil rigs and not much to see. Will try to add as many miles as possible as this part is again relatively flat.

Segment 33: Texas desert to K&K Store (38.9 miles)

Texas desert to K&K StoreIn the middle of this day I will cross a tiny town called Orla where there is a market and where I can resupply. Hopefully I will end the day at Ben’s K&K Store, which is just 22 miles North of Pecos.

 

Segment 34: K&K Store to Pecos (22 miles)

K&K Store to PecosThis city is relatively important in my plans because it is praticaly the last place with stores (Wal-Mart, supermarkets) and good hotels between El Paso and Austin! So I know there will be a long stretch of uncomfortable desert ahead of it. So my plan is to stay in Pecos for the night, resupply well, and start running early in the morning.

 

Segment 35: Pecos to Texas desert (38.8 miles)

Pecos to Texas desertThis part of the desert is flat and straight lines for the most part. Will do as many miles as possible, perhaps making it possible to reach McCamey by the end of the next day.

 

Segment 36: Texas desert to near McCamey (39.1 miles)

Texas deert to McCameyStill the same flat desert, trying to add as many miles as possible. Depending on the combined performance of this day and the day before I will be able to reach McCamey and spend the night there. Otherwise I will camp in the desert and resupply in that town in the morning.

Segment 37: McCamey to Iraan (40.5 miles)

McCamey to IraanThe views in this part of Texas are quite amazing. Valley and high plains with roads the go along the edges allowing great views. Ideally I would like to make it all the way to Iraan or I will camp in the desert before it. Stopping either before or in Iraan is important as after the city it will be a though part of the desert with a long uphill.

Segment 38: Iraan to Texas desert (30 miles)

Iraan to Texas desertAs the day starts with a very long uphill, I em setting the goal for this segment to just 30 miles. That will probably be all I can do. In Iraan I will be able to resupply but that also means I will be going uphill with full gear and heavy, which makes it more difficult.

Segment 39: Texas desert to Eldorado (36.1 miles)

Texas desert to EldoradoThis part is nearly one straight line across the desert with nothing to resupply at. Hence the importance of loading up in Iraan. Will just get as close to Eldorado as possible.

 

Segment 40: Around Eldorado (35 miles)

Around EldoradoAlthough monotonous, this part of the desert will probably be relatively easy as I will be already in great shape, the performance will be excellent, the gear will be well tested and adjusted. The only challenge here is logistical and I should be getting that right.

Segment 41: Eldorado to Menard (30 miles)

Eldorado to MenardThere is one funny river crossing that caught me by surprise the first time, and then a wonderful place to take a bath on the river when approaching Menard. It will be excellent to stop in the city to resupply at the end of the day, then camp outside of the city.

Segment 42: Menard to Mason (34.8 miles)

Menard to MasonThis segment is where the scenery starts changing from desert-like to green. Should be able to run all the way to Mason the same day to resupply there and camp right outside of town.

 

Segment 43: Mason to Llano (38.1 miles)

Mason to LlanoWhat a day, will make a stop in Castell where I have friends and should be ending the day either in Llano or near it where there are great places to camp.

 

Segment 44: Llano to Marble Falls (35 miles)

Llano to Marble FallsThis area is the beginning of the hills, with some smooth uphills and downhills that should add a little bit of a challenge to it. No longer in the desert, not the vegetation must be green everywhere.

Hopefully someone from Austin will come up to meet me and bring supplies.

Segment 45: Marble Falls to Austin (37.7 miles)

 Marble Falls to AustinThe hills will be killing me, but I want to make it all the way yo Stevie Ray Vaugham Statue by the river in Austin. I am hoping a lot of people will be joining in, running and celebrating. Austin is the half-way point in this journey and that adds major importance to it!

I am expecting to have runners coming along as I approach Austin.


DAY OFF

Need a day off to recover and enjoy the city and hospitality of my friends! Will check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and visit some nice places.


Segment 46: Austin to Bastrop (34.4 miles)

Austin to BastropStart from the statue in Austin going through Roy G Guerrero Park, and ending in the Bastrop State Park.

Resupplying should not be a challenge anymore from here because there are stores and markets and cities along the way every day.

Segment 47: Bastrop to La Grange (35 miles)

Bastrop to La GrangeBeautiful run along those hills that at this point I should be used to. From now on I can enjoy the luxury of running from town to town so I won’t need to carry as much.

 

 

Segment 48: La Grange to Cat Spring (34.3 miles)

La Grange to Cat SpringI have friends in Cat Spring so it is important to stop there on the way to Houston. The road is beautiful in this part of the country.

 

Segment 49: Cat Spring to Katy (37 miles)

Cat Spring to KatyThe run from Cat Spring to Katy is gorgeous. I will be going through farms and pretty suburban areas.

I hope there will be runners from Katy, and perhaps even from Houston, joining me in at some points. I have a lot of friends in the Houston area so that should be a lot of fun!

Segment 50: Katy to Houston (25.9 miles)

Katy to HoustonI hope my friends from Houston find a trail to go through George Bush park, if any exists. It would be nice to run through that in something that is not a straight line. The plan is to then finish at Memorial Park, where I have been to several times with friends.

During these part between Katy and all the way to Dayton, it will be best to stay at friends places in the area.


DAY OFF

Although I won’t be needing it yet for recovery purposes, I need to take a day off in Houston because the social agenda will be intense. I want to enjoy the city and hospitality of my friends! Will check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and visit some nice places.


Segment 51: Houston to Dayton (40.7 miles)

Houston to DaytonThe city of Huston is pretty flat, and it should be OK to get all the way to Dayton, or near it.

At the end of the day will probably still have some support from the friends in Houston. It will be nice to be able to do it without carrying all the gear.

 

Segment 52: Dayton to Saratoga (31.6 miles)

Dayton to SaratogaFrom this point on the choices or routes and trails has to be very careful because often there are swamps and marshes that are impassable (for the purpose of this run). So will try to stick to the roads and well marked paths and trails from here on.

 

 

Segment 53: Saratoga to Evadale (30.7 miles)

Saratoga to EvadaleJust little towns and easy runs. Last two days or so in Texas so that is very exciting, if for that reason only.

  LOUISIANA

Segment 54: Evadale to Starks, Louisiana (28.5 miles)

Evadale to StarksThat will be a day to celebrate! The runs are flat and the expertise with the gear must be keeping my runs light and fast.

 

Segment 55: Starks to Lake Charles (29.7 miles)

Starks to Lake CharlesI will have to arrange a sensible way to pass that pesky bridge over I-10. The first time around I nearly got arrested when the cops showed up. This time I will either a) Get a police escort across, or b) Have a friend drive me across the half a mile long bridge, or c) Hitchhike. What I don’t want to do is have to go all the way around to avoid this bridge.

Segment 56: Lake Charles to Jennings (34.4 miles)

Lake Charles to JenningsPerfectly flat segment that should be easy to perform well.

 

 

Segment 57: Jennings to Lafayette (40.9 miles)

Jennings to LafayetteThere is not way to know, at the time of the planning of this route, if I will be able to sustain 35+ miles runs one day after another. I have some reasons to believe I will be able to, and lots of doubts as well. At this point, more than half-way through the run across the USA, I will probably have already figured out what my limit is. Right now I am believing that a 40 mile day will be right there on the edge, as long as nutrition is good and I can get plenty of sleep.

Segment 58: Lafayette to Jenerette (31.4 miles)

Lafayette to JeaneretteI don’t know this area yet. It is not part of the route of the first transcon and I never drove through it.

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 59: Jeanerette to Patterson (29.7 miles)

Jeanerette to PattersonAt this point a 30- mile run in flat terrain and mild temperatures should be easy. I hope it will be.

 

 

 

Segment 60: Patterson to Houma (34 miles)

Patterson to HoumaStill trying to add as many miles as possible and stay in the cities to resupply easily.

 

 

Segment 61: Houma to Boutte (31.8 miles)

Houma to BoutteThis is the last segment before New Orleans.

Hopefully I will be meeting with some friends from New Orleans by the end of the day!

 

 

 

Segment 62: Boutte to New Orleans (24.2 miles)

Boutte to New OrleansThis day will be epic! I hope to have several friends running with me. There will also be a very unusual thing: I will have to take the ferry boat to cross the Mississippi river. Then continue running to Jackson Square.

 


DAY OFF

That should be pretty obvious! I will need to take a day off in New Orleans because the it is New Orleans! I want to enjoy the city and hospitality of my friends! Will check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and visit some nice places.


Segment 63: New Orleans to East (29.4 miles)

Leaving New OrleansI will probably be hungover again, but should be able to get out of the city and reach the edge of town.

  MISSISSIPPI

Segment 64: New Orleans East to Bay St Louis, Mississippi (27.7 miles)

New Orleans to Bay St LouisAnother state! This area is still flat and the performance should be fine.

 

 

 

Segment 65: Bay St Louis to Biloxi (29.6 miles)

Bay St Louis to BiloxiThis segment is entirely along the ocean, and entirely beautiful. A gorgeous, flat, and pleasurable run that promises to be easy. If I feel like spending I will stay at one of the two casinos right before the bridge. Otherwise I will cross the bridge and camp in Ocean Springs.

Segment 66: Biloxi to Grand Bay (31.1 miles)

Biloxi to Grand BayThis part is mostly inland and uneventful, but relatively easy. End of the run through Mississippi.

  ALABAMA

Segment 67: Grand Bay to Dauphin Island (31.5 miles)

Grand Bay to Dauphin IslandI know I will miss going through Mobile again, but this part going through Dauphin Island is just too beautiful to miss. There is a ferry to cross the bay and it’s timing is limited, depending on the weather, so I may have to take a motel in the island and wait, or have to cross the bay and then camp in the park on the other side, which is also gorgeous.

 

Segment 68: Fort Morgan to Perdido Key (32.3 miles)

Fort Morgan to Perdido KeyOne of the most beautiful segments in this entire trip. This one can be taken using mostly trails. In this case bike trails along the woods. First the Fort Morgan Rd Trail, then Gulf Oak Ridge Trail, and Twin Bridges Trail, to end right at the border with Florida!

  FLORIDA

Segment 69: Perdido Key to Pensacola Beach (31.8 miles)

Perdido Key to Pensacola BeachDuring the first run I stayed in Pensacola a couple of nights and then ran west passing along the north side of the Navy base. This time I want to run along the south side, and then finish in Pensacola Beach, where I can stay at a hotel if I haven’t found a friend to host me in town. Pensacola has a large community of runners, hashers, and couchsurfers, so it is likely I will have plenty of support and lots of people to meet.

Segment 70: From Pensacola Beach to Fort Walton Beach (34 miles)

Pensacola Beach to Fort Walton Beach(Part 1, Part 2) In this part I will also be following a new path. Along the beach and sometimes even having to get out of the road and along the sand to reach the road again. The goal is to stay out of the main roads as much as possible and enjoy the beautiful views of this area.

Segment 71: Fort Walton Beach to Laguna Beach (38.4 miles)

Fort Walton Beach to Laguna BeachStil running along the ocean for the most part. This area is flat, well urbanized, and after all I have been through before it should feel easy to keep doing 30+ miles a day.

 

 

Segment 72: Laguna Beach to Panama City (30.8 miles)

Laguna Beach to Panama CityPanama City is one of the most important points in the entire journey. For a small town, it is impressive how many friends I have there and how much support they have been giving me all along. I fully expect them to be running and partying with me, and supporting in many ways.


DAY OFF

I will have a day off in Panama City. I want to enjoy the city and hospitality of my friends! Will check all the gear and reorganize support packages, attend social functions, and visit some nice places.


Segment 73: Panama City to Blountstown (37.5 miles)

Panama City to BlountstownThis is another calm, country area with not much to see or do. Time to add some miles each day.

 

 

 

Segment 74: Blountstown to Tallahassee (34.9 miles)

Blountstown to TallahasseeSame as the previous segment, opportunity to push a harder pace and make more miles a day. It will be amazing if I can bring up the average daily mileage to 40 miles a day, so the segments from here on will all be around 40 miles each, hoping for that.

Segment 75: Around Tallahassee (36 miles)

Around TallahasseeI expect some intense social agenda in Tallahassee as I have so many friends in that area.

 

 

Segment 76: Tallahassee to Perry (40 miles)

Tallahassee to PerryThis area is flat and perfect to raise up the mileage.

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 77: Perry to Branford (34.9 miles)

Perry to BranfordSame as the previous segment.

 

 

 

 

Segment 78: Branford to Gainesville (40.7 miles)

Branford to GainesvilleI have friends in Gainesville and it will be very nice to visit. Probably will take a day off or make shorter distances so to have time to socialize and meet people in the city.

 

 

Segment 79: Gainesville to Ocala (41.3 miles)

Gainesville to OcalaAgain, focusing on increasing the miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 80: Ocala to Leesburg (33.6 miles)

Ocala to LeesburgSame as previous segment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 81: Leesburg to Four Corners (40 miles)

Leesburg to Four CornersDuring this segment I will be very close both to Orlando and Kissimmee, which provides great opportunities for support, media contacts, and socializing.

 

 

 

 

Segment 82: Four Corners to Frostproof (37.4 miles)

Four Corners to FrostproofAgain, focusing on making the most miles I can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 83: Frostproof to Sebring (37 miles)

Frostproof to SebringSame as previous segment.

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 84: Sebring to Okeechobee (31 miles)

Sebring to OkeechobeeOkeechobee is a major milestone. It is the end of the “Central Florida” saga, and now approaching the Florida Coast again. Emotions will be intense, performance is expected to be excellent, and the distances now are not very long from Palm Beach County and even from Broward. After this segment things are expected to become very intense.

Segment 85: Okechobee to Palm Beach Gardens (39.9 miles)

Okeechobee to Palm Beach GardensRunning on a nearly straight line all day. Will finish at the entrance of Palm Beach International Raceway.

 

 

 

 

Segment 86: Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach (38 miles)

Palm Beach Gardens to Delray BeachEnding point will be at the corner in front of the gas station at the crossing of Atlantic Blvd and Military Trail. First all urban run in a while, and quite a rush! The end is so near now!

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 87: Delray Beach to North Miami (38 miles)

Delray Beach to North MiamiThat would be a perfect place to finish the day. 38 miles running with friends, ending at a park where we can all get together and celebrate and set everything up to start the next day.

 

 

 

 

Segment 88: North Miami to South Beach (15 miles)

Greynolds Park to South BeachI believe the last day is not a day to run a lot of miles. It is a day to celebrate a lot! So it will be just around 15 miles as we will tread carefully along US-1 to Venetian Causeway into Miami Beach to the exact same point where I started my first run in 2010. Major celebration there with many of my friends, and lots of runners along the way. It will be a day to remember forever.

I’ll see you there!

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Route

  1. Doug

    Howdy sir – I too have planned a trip across the USA – been thinking about it for many years now – just need a major sponsor and some advice from experienced runners:

    Quick easy rule is can’t run on major freeways – correct?
    Must plan a route that only includes side streets?

    How often would you suggest a change in shoes (for support and health)?

    Thanks! And good luck!

    Doug

    1. Milton Miller Post author

      Hi Doug,
      A challenge like this doesn’t take too much money, so you can even save up and do it with your own money. More freedom this way. Also, if you never done something like this before it will be though to convince any sponsor to put any significant money on it. For the first run I couldn’t find any sponsor. For the second run I don’t want any.
      You can’t run on Interstate Highways and on a few Highways. Google maps will map your route around those automatically. Other than that I always tried to find the shortest route.
      I like minimalistic and I literally run on my shoes until I can see through them. But that is just me. I don’t know what works well for you. Watch this video about it.
      What is paramount is that you learn to run in such a way that won’t injure yourself. You can heel-strike through a 5K, even through a marathon. But if you heel-strike for 30+ miles every day you will end up in a hospital.
      All your questions are welcome! Wish you go forward and do your adventure!
      Milton

  2. Paul Both

    There are some interstates you can run on. For instance the 40 through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Sometimes I would prefer to run on those as they would be flatter than service roads running right along side of them. Also, they would have much larger shoulders. The downside is the big trucks and much more boring scenery.

    Paul

  3. Carlos

    You’re doing something that most people wouldn’t even dare to even think about. And you’re doing this for the second time.

    All the careful planning, the continuous discipline, and the relentless motivation to succeed pays off. And I’ve been a witness of this.

    I bow to you my brother. You have my utmost respect.

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