frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to common questions about the trip! Have one that isn’t answered here? Send me an email and ask away.

Are you doing this thing alone? Yup. For the most part, anyway. I have an open-walk policy. If you want to join me for a stretch, let me know and we’ll figure out where to meet up, etc.

How long will the walk take to complete? I’m thinking somewhere in between 8-9 months. I will be in no rush.

Where will you sleep? Wherever I can find a place! I will not be staying in hotels, except on very rare occasions. I plan to do a mix of camping, Couchsurfing and staying with people who offer to let me stay for a night along the way.

What will you eat? This is tough to answer in detail at the moment. I will be trying to eat in the most inexpensive manner possible, for the most part. Restaurant stops will be happening, but not often. A few items that come to mind right now: bread/bagels, peanut butter, trail mix (raisins, peanuts, m&ms), noodles, rice. I will be sharing all of the groceries I buy, with prices, along the way.

Why are you starting in March? On a walk from East to West across America, there is a pretty limited window when it’s possible (or at least not somewhat dangerous). You need to leave early enough so that you can make it through the mountainous regions of the West before snow comes, while still leaving late enough so winter on the East coast isn’t in full swing. March works!

What gear/equipment will you use? Basically just normal camping and backpacking stuff. A backpack, sleeping bag, tent, cooking stove, food, clothing, toiletries, etc. And my laptop of course!

How much money will this trip cost? This is the part of the trip I’m finding the most difficult to plan. I’m hoping to keep it under $3,500 by camping or using other free lodging alternatives and not eating at restaurants often. This includes gear that I will have to buy along the way (shoes, clothing, stove fuel, etc). One thing I can tell you for certain is that I will be sharing all of the purchases I make in detail along the way. I’m a big numbers and metrics person so that’s what I would want to see!

Will you be attempting to grow a massive beard along the way? Umm… yes :-) Not sure how well this will go though.

More questions? Get in touch.