Some Personal Observations about the Walk

Here are some crazy stats that have come from the walk and some personal observations that have stuck with me as I made my way across the USA – not in any particular order.

3 things I do NOT care to ever see again: gravel, dump trucks & road kill!

  • Highest price paid for gas: $4.39 in Nevada
  • Lowest price paid for gas: $1.87 in New Jersey
  • State with best roads walked: Nevada
  • State with worst roads walked: Tie – California & Illinois
  • Best breakfast: Hotel Nevada in Ely, Nevada
  • Strangest sight: Maybell Colorado International Dog Show
  • Strangest sight #2: Mini church rest area in rural Iowa
  • Favorite big city: Brooklyn, NY
  • Favorite mid-size city: Carson City, Nevada
  • Favorite small cities: Tie – Hastings, NE & Fallon, NV
  • Favorite town: Delta, Utah
  • Favorite scenery walked through: Desert
  • My highest weight: 234 lbs
  • My lowest weight: 179 lbs
  • Miles walked: 3,206.75
  • Number of miles not walked on route: 2.9 (avalanche area in California)
  • Number of miles walked in error: 4.5
  • Number of times lost on walk: 0 (several times, always on purpose, I took another more scenic route ūüėČ
  • Feet walked: 16,931,640
  • Inches walked: 203,179,680
  • Number of 30″ steps: 6,772,656
  • Number of steps per foot: 3,386,328
  • Number of 7″ Nathan’s Hot Dogs walked (placed end to end without bun): 29,025,668
  • Valda’s favorite state to drive in: Tie – Nevada or Colorado
  • Valda’s least favorite state to drive in: Pennsylvania
  • Number of miles Valda put on RV during walk: 13,479
  • Weather days:
    • Rain: 15
    • Snow: 1
    • Wind: 1
  • Total days walked: 176.75
  • Total days off: 38.25
  • Miles per day: 15 (all 215 days)
  • Miles per day: 18 (of actual 176 days walked)
  • Hours walked: 1,069 (based on 3 mph)
  • Number of days I walked 20 miles or more: 72
  • Most consecutive 20-mile days: 9
  • Highest mileage day: 22.25
  • Shoe mileage:
    • Pair #1: 639.75
    • Pair #2: 615.25
    • Pair #3: 480
    • Pair #4: 476.25
    • Pair #5: 411
    • Pair #6: 584.5
  • Most exhilarating moment: seeing the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island, NY!

New York Stats!

cropped-finish-at-coney-island.pngNew York – my final destination. It was a long time coming, but well worth the wait. I found walking down the canyons of Manhattan very exciting and crossing over and walking through Brooklyn the most exhilarating of experiences. I had arrived! Coney Island was all I had hoped and Nathan’s hot dogs were out of this world. All the people I met were fantastic and treated me like royalty. Our stay at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge was first rate and the NYC Marathon was a non-issue. It was a two-day span I had thought about for seven months and I was not disappointed. ūüėÄ

Here are the stats on my walk through New York:

  • Miles Walked: 24.75
  • Average Miles per Day: 12.37
  • Total Miles Walked:¬†3,206.75
  • % of Walk Completed: 100%
  • Days Walked: 2
  • Days Off: 0
  • Money Found: $0.48
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.24
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.02
  • Counties Walked Through: 2 (New York and Kings)
  • State Highways: 0
  • US Highways: 1
  • County Roads: 0
  • Major Bridges Crossed: .5 (Hudson River) 1 (East River)
  • Most Unusual Find: Box of clothing on street

New Jersey Stats!

finish-at-coney-islandNew Jersey. I had dreaded walking through this state from the beginning, mainly due to what other people had said about the state. But, like so many times before, I was listening when I should have been just experiencing. The people I met there are just fantastic, from the Boy Scouts who walked with me to people we met on the streets. I was in a great deal of urban areas, but I was also in a great deal of beautiful country. I battled some inclement weather and an uncomfortable medical condition, but other than that, my experience in New Jersey was top notch. I especially liked the lower gasoline prices. New Jersey rocks!

Here are the stats on my walk through New Jersey:

  • Miles Walked: 80.75
  • Average Miles per Day: 14.75
  • Total Miles Walked:¬†3,183.75
  • % of Walk Completed: 99.3%
  • Days Walked: 5.5
  • Days Off: 2.5
  • Money Found: $13.54
  • Average Money Found per Day: $2.46
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.17
  • Counties Walked Through: 5 (Warren, Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex)
  • State Highways: 1
  • US Highways: 2
  • County Roads: 0
  • Major Bridges Crossed: .5 (Delaware River) .5 (Hudson River)
  • Most Unusual Find: Paint ball mask

Pennsylvania Stats!

Through PennsylvaniaI made it across Pennsylvania! It was something I thought about for over a year and now I’m done with it. It was quite a challenge, but with a lot of help, I finally figured it out. PA was a state of contrasts. Generally everyone we met was helpful and good to us and interested in what we were doing. However, it is the first state where we were refused water (GoGo Gas station right inside the line from WV), and a place to spend the night (Frackville post of the PA State Police). Mostly it was a great experience. SR 45 from Altoona to Mifflinberg is a great highway to walk or drive. It was a three-week period that is now behind me and I’m glad I don’t have to walk back through the state going the other direction.

Here are the stats on my walk through Pennsylvania:

  • Miles Walked: 340
  • Average Miles per Day: 17
  • Total Miles Walked: 3,103
  • % of Walk Completed: 97%
  • Days Walked: 20
  • Days Off: 3
  • Money Found: $9.44
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.47
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.03
  • Counties Walked Through: 14 (Washington, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Mifflin, Centre, Union, Northumberland, Columbia, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northhampton)
  • State Highways: 9
  • US Highways: 2
  • County Roads: 6
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 2.5 (Monongahela, Susquehanna, half of Delaware)
  • Most Unusual Find: Fire extinguisher (one of those big clunky kinds you see hanging on walls of old buildings)

West Virginia Stats

What can I say about West Virginia? It was a very brief walk through the chimney portion of the state. We were in the town of Weirton all of the way and before we could even get settled to being in the state, we were out of it. My brother Ron joined me on this segment of the walk and in fact we walked in three states that¬†day. I can’t say I got a true picture of WV by being in the state for only two hours, but it was on my route and it counts as a state I walked through!

Here are the stats on my walk through West Virginia:

  • Miles Walked: 6.5
  • Average Miles per Day: 13
  • Total Miles Walked: 2,763
  • % of Walk Completed: 86%
  • Days Walked: .5
  • Days Off: 0
  • Money found: $0.07
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.14
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.01
  • Counties Walked Through: 1 (Hancock)
  • State Highways: 2
  • US Highways: 0
  • County Roads: 0
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 1/2 (Ohio River)
  • Most Unusual Find: Blue lid to Tupperware container

Ohio Stats!

Pennsylvania MapOhio started out flat, like eastern Indiana, and stayed that way until I got to the Zanesville area where the terrain began to turn hilly and was dotted with small family farms and pastures full of cows. We picked up US 22 at this point and traveled it through this picturesque terrain. We entered Ohio on a windy Sunday in September and in fact the state suffered major power outages while we were walking through. Some 750,000 people were without power for a number of days. The people we met were very gracious and took the power failures in stride. It was a pretty state and one I hope to spend more time in exploring the rich heritage of their past Presidents.

  • Miles Walked: 247
  • Average Miles per Day: 17.5
  • Total Miles Walked: 2,756.5
  • % of Walk Completed: 86%
  • Days Walked: 14
  • Days Off: 2.5
  • Money Found: $6.19
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.44
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.025
  • Counties Walked Through: 11 (Preble, Miami, Montgomery, Clark, Madison, Franklin, Licking, Muskingum, Guernsey, Harrison & Jefferson)
  • State Highways: 2
  • US Highways: 2
  • County Roads: 1
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 1/2 (Ohio River)
  • Most Unusual Find: A blue light flashlight (we use it almost daily)

Indiana Stats!

Rick Hammersley Walks IndianaIndiana was a homecoming for me. It was great to get into the state and see several friends and relatives in the Indy area. As always, the people are what makes a place memorable. The visit was exhausting, but all too brief. Thanks again to all of you who supported Valda & me in our various fundraisers. Now it is on to points East!

Here are the stats on my walk through Indiana:

  • Miles Walked: 154.5
  • Average Miles per Day: 19.25
  • Total Miles Walked:¬†2,509.5
  • % of Walk Completed: 78%
  • Days Walked: 8
  • Days Off: 4
  • Money Found:¬†$3.67
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.46
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.025
  • Number of Counties Walked Through: 9 (Vermillion, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Henry, Wayne)
  • State Highways: 0
  • US Highways: 2
  • County Highways: 0
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 1 (Wabash River)
  • Most Unusual Find: Jeff Gordon #24 Nascar toy Hotwheels car

Note: Finding these cars is not unusual in its own right, but they are always #8 and #20 cars and I just kick them out of the way. Finding a #24 is highly unusual, thus it is a winner.