Illinois Stats!

Rick Walks Illinois

The walk through Illinois was pretty brief compared to other states. I took only one day off and zipped through the state on a pretty good clip. Part of the reason was I had to be in Indianapolis on a specific date and had no choice. The state was typical of the plain states, corn, corn and maybe a bean field now and then. The roads I walked were not the greatest, but I got through cleanly and that’s what counts. I was joined by several guest walkers and enjoyed all of those occasions. The people were friendly as they have been all along the journey. Had some good meals and good corn on the cob. I wandered with a purpose and enjoyed every minute.

Here are the stats from my walk through Illinois:

  • Miles Walked: 229.25
  • Average Miles per Day: 19
  • Total Miles Walked: 2,355
  • % of Walk Completed: 73%
  • Days Walked: 12
  • Days Off: 1
  • Money Found: $5.99
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.50
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.025
  • Number of Counties Walked Through: 10 (Hancock, McDonough, Fulton, Mason, Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign & Vermillion)
  • State Highways: 0
  • US Highways: 2
  • County Highways: 2
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 2 (Mississippi River and Illinois River)
  • Most Unusual Find: Child’s slinky toy

Iowa Stats!

Rick Walks IowaI enjoyed my walk through Iowa despite some hot and humid weather early on. I was joined by my cousin Jim and wife Deb on the second day and enjoyed their company. The terrain surprised me, but I was told that a glacier made the bottom two counties in Iowa rather hilly and that the flat part which I expected, was further north. The people were very receptive and friendly and I met several I’ll never forget. All and all I was impressed. I was told that there was only corn and soy beans in Iowa and that proved correct. Except for a half dozen fields of hay, I saw no other crop.

Here are the stats from my walk through Iowa:

  • Miles Walked: 266.5
  • Average Miles per Day: 19.75
  • % of Walk Completed: 66%
  • Days Walked: 13.5
  • Days Off: 2.5
  • Money Found: $3.68
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.27
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.014
  • Counties Walked Through: 10 (Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, Appanose, Davis, Van Buren and Lee)
  • State Highways Walked: 2
  • US Highways Walked: 3
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 1.5 (half bridge at Missouri River and the Des Moines River)
  • Most Unusual Find: a real horseshoe from a real horse

Nebraska Stats!

Nebraska Walking Trail

Nebraska was a nice change of pace for me. No mountains to contend with and the walk mainly went through rural areas dotted here and there with small towns. We had a halfway layover in Hastings and it was nice to see old friends and family. The heat and humidity was tough but I know that in a month or so, fall weather will be with us. Once more the people I met made the walk memorable. The scenery may change from ocean to mountains to desert, but the generosity of strangers never changes. The people are a States’ best asset. Thanks to the TV stations and radio station and several newspapers for their interest. Your coverage makes my job so much easier. All in all, it was a great experience.

Here are the stats from my walk through Nebraska:

  • Miles Walked: 354.25
  • Average Miles per Day: 18
  • % of Walk Completed: 58%
  • Days Walked: 19.75
  • Days Off: 5.25
  • Money Found: $5.54
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.28
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.015
  • Counties Walked Through: 12 (Dundy, Hitchcock, Red Willow, Furnas, Phelps, Kearney, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Lancaster, Otoe)
  • State Highways Walked: 3
  • US Highways Walked: 2
  • County Roads Walked: 2
  • Major bridges Crossed: 1/2 (Bridge over Missouri River/Other Half Goes to Iowa 😉
  • Most Unusual Find: Estwing Carpenter Claw Hammer (almost new, $35.00)

Colorado Stats!

Colorado was a BIG state to walk through! It started out with relatively flat lands, but soon escalated to rolling hills and then to the Rockies. There were a couple of tough passes I walked through, but amazingly there was much more downhill walking than uphill. The Poudre Canyon is some place everyone should drive through if they can. After Ft. Collins, the state opened up to flat lands once again and in fact I will be in flat lands until eastern Ohio. Very friendly people in Colorado, and we met some who will be friends forever. Nice experience.

Rick Walks Colorado

Here are the stats from my walk through Colorado:

  • Miles Walked: 462.25
  • Average Miles per Day: 18.5
  • % of Walk Completed: 47%
  • Days Walked: 26
  • Days Off: 6
  • Money Found: $17.91
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.72
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.04
  • Counties Walked Through: 9 (Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Washington,Yuma)
  • State Highways Walked: 1
  • US Highways Walked: 4
  • County Roads Walked: Those 2 gravel road shortcuts
  • Major bridges Crossed: 0
  • Most Unusual Find: A biker’s black loather jacket, great condition with a little dried grass (not the smoking kind) on the sleeve

Utah Stats

After entering Utah and getting through the first hundred miles, the scenery from a drab desert to a very pretty, lush mountainous area. The people were very friendly and helpful in ways not expected. Trash on the highway was more pronounced as I approached and left the city areas. The desert areas were very clean. I enjoyed my time in Utah and hope the rest of the Walk goes as well as it did there. 😀

Utah Walk

Here are the stats from my little journey through Utah:

  • Miles Walked: 355
  • Average Miles per Day: 16.9
  • % of Walk Completed: 33%
  • Days Walked: 21
  • Days Off: 5.5
  • Money Found: $15.88
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.76
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.05
  • Counties Walked Through: 6 (Millard, Juab, Carbon, Utah, Duchesne, Unitah)
  • State Highways Walked: 2
  • US Highways Walked: 4
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 0
  • Most Unusual Find: Hands down, Scott’s upside down car!

Nevada Stats

Well, as you know, Nevada is behind us. We had a good month hiking in Nevada and were very impressed with the state and the people in it.California and Nevada

Here are the fun stats on Nevada:

  • Miles Walked: 431.5
  • Average Miles per Day: 20
  • % of Walk Completed: 22%
  • Days Walked: 21.5
  • Days Off: 3.5
  • Money Found: $4.38
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.20
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.01
  • Counties Walked Through: 5 (Douglas, Carson City, Church Lander, Eureka, White Pine)
  • State Highways Walked: 1
  • US Highways Walked: 3
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 0
  • Most Unusual Find: Badminton Racket (those 2 coffee cups ran a close second)

California Stats

California!

Here are some fun figures from California:

  • Miles Walked: 256.25
  • Average Miles per Day: 16.53
  • % of Walk Completed: 8%
  • Days Walked: 15.5
  • Days Off: 3.5
  • Money Found: $15.18
  • Average Money Found per Day: $0.98
  • Average Money Found per Mile: $0.17
  • Counties Walked Through: 6 (Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, Amador & Alpine)
  • State Highways Walked: 3
  • US Highways Walked: 0
  • Major Bridges Crossed: 4
  • Most Unusual Find: New Aluminum Walking Cane!