Monday, January 28, 2008


So it's been much too long since I last posted. I didn't realize what taking on this challenge involves. It's so hard being in Ohio and going on Google Earth just fawning over what I'm not walking on. The same here (I'm in Iceland for the semester currently). All I want is to walk New England for now. I don't think it completely impossible in a lifetime for certain, so it's good enough for now.

What I found to be my two biggest problems last summer (I'm not including work because that's a given) were transportation and living at home. And I think I may have solved this problem. It's called Couch Surfing. Quite simply it's a trust-based online network of people with a couch to share! My two good friends Colin and Charlie used it this past summer driving to Colorado from Boston and had a really positive experience. I see this as an easy way to get places in a more secure and affordable fashion. If I do this this summer, I won't have a job and frugality will therefore have to be my credo. I just joined so I'm still exploring but I think this could be a big step in achieving my goal. Just like the bike idea, I can make this shit happen.

Summery - 2007

I did nearly 100 miles over the whole summer. Not as much as I'd hoped but still decent.

Here's where I went (north to south) and a brief memory from each

Kittery, ME (Shaun's house was great.)
Marblehead, MA (the Neck was cool...seeing a biker in front of me slam into a Jeep that cut him off.)
Swampscott, MA (Biking back to Lynn racing back and forth with this guy...also seeing unusually large numbers of Jews and hearing lots of Hebrew)
Lynn, MA (the fucking smell...finding a flophouse and what i thought was a dead guy but just turned out to be a sleeping homeless man...b
iking through the Lynn rotary)
Revere, MA (sandcastles with Cape Cod chips...Kelly's with Carolyn)
Winthrop, MA (meeting the cast of some PBS documentary show and getting a free DVD...they should've filmed me.)
Boston, MA-includes Orient Heights, East Boston, North End/Harbor area, Southie, Dorchester, and Savin Hill-(ice cream at Fort Independence...biking through the business district)
Quincy, MA-including Squantum and Hough's Neck-(how long it took...dead things and ghettoness at Gull Point)
North Weymouth, MA - CURTISS and those dudes we chilled with.

Hingham, MA - (getting a flat on the bike back...that sucked)
Worlds End - (party boats in the cove)
Hull, MA - (getting stung by two gigantic hornets and losing my machete...throwing a ball over a roof into a square of screaming kids and running away)
North Falmouth, MA - (Carolyn...Carolyn wearing dad not knowing where we were...the first day my camera worked)

So this summer, lots of pictures, lots of chronicles, lots of couch surfing, lots of movement and miles, little to worry about. That's the hope at least. I'll keep this updated with some pics of Iceland.

See you on the coast,