Friday, June 22, 2018

United States 2009-2010

Weeks 1-2

Page, Arizona to Black Canyon City, via Flagstaff. 11-9-2009 to 11-22, 256 miles, 20,417 Total World Walk Miles.

Friends, thanks for all the do not delete replies and notes you sent. I am slowly responding to all your emails and will get back to everybody(over 100 emails) as soon as I can. Always great to hear from people I have not heard from in quite a while.

Gary Walkingman Hause On the road and walking again feels great. The wind and sun on my face feels good. Having my Runabout Stroller in front of me with everything I need in it makes me feel free and independent. As long as I stock up with food and water every couple days I can go or stop wherever I want. Walking everyday gives me a runners high from all the endorphins and adrenalin my body pumps out. The extra oxygen and blood my brain gets clears out my head and lets me think better. All the extra stimulation I get from meeting people, animals, plants, and all the beautiful nature I see opens up my mind to all kinds of new ideas and possibilities. I get kind of in a rut when I am working and living inside a building. Seeing the sunrise and sunset everyday is something you miss living inside. Watching the stars and moon and listening to NPR on the radio is much better than TV.

My first night camping on the rim trail in Page I woke up to a beautiful sunrise and a local man stopped to talk. He had heard my interview on the local radio station (KXAZ) , and wanted to meet me and give me a good book and $50 to help me out on my walk. Everyday good people are stopping to talk and give me food, water, money, advice, invite me home for dinner, and whatever else they can do to help me on my world walk. Quite a few people I know from Page stopped to talk and wish me well. One lady stopped to give me a plate of spaghetti, meat sauce, and bread. The Catholic Charities Van from Flagstaff stopped to see if I needed a sleeping bag, warm clothes, food, or water. A cold front with snow and lows down to 15 F was coming to Flagstaff, so they were out to help the homeless survive the cold. But I had everything I needed and was quite warm in my tent and sleeping bag, which goes down to 15F or minus 9C . Invited into the Cameron trading post to join a group for lunch. Tasty Navajo Taco in front of a fire in a big stone fireplace was just what I needed on a cold and windy day. All the Salt Cedar (Tamerask) trees were changing colors in the washes and added great color to all the beautiful colors of the desert. Great colors going through Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona also. A bicyclist named Gary stopped to talk to me on the long winding switchback canyon road and invited me home for dinner with his friends, a hot shower, laundry, and a stay over. Great end to a long day walking to meet some new friends and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Gary Walkingman Hause Another biker named Gary stopped to chat the next day near Cottonwood and invited me to join him also. We had a free pizza from Pizza Hut, went to a town hall meeting to talk about his trash pickup program, he got me a free room at the Pines Motel, and then a free breakfast at Randals restaurant in the morning. Gary has a lot of favors stored up from all the work he does on his trash pickup program. Gary Chamberlain has gotten together a big group of people from his friends, veterans, and other locals to pickup roadside trash between Sedona and Cottonwood along Route 89a. He also passes out business cards with local law enforcement phone numbers to urge citizens to call in litterers and crimes people witness on the road. He was looking for support from local towns and police, but with all the federal, state, and local budget problems it is a hard sell. They have an adopt a road program here, but Gary found out that they do not really check up on sponsors and verify that they actually do it. I think big signs with fines and jail times for littering, and having criminals do roadside trash pickup for their community service is about the best way to fight it. Hard to get police to arrest somebody for throwing out a beer can just on a witnesses call in. Of course if you want something done right you usually have to do it yourself and not depend on the government or somebody else to do it. So I think Gary has the right idea just organizing it himself and getting it done. His email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to contact him and get something similar going in your area.

Going through Jerome I met a man riding a motorcycle around the world. He invited me to join him for lunch at a local cafe. Nice talk about some of his travels.

Vance from Lakeside Bikes in Page, Arizona Headed south for Phoenix and west for Gila Bend now. Will just be doing a 2 week article every 2 weeks until I can get my new software for my website figured out. Hard to find wi-fi hotspots in the desert also. Email me from my website at www.walkingman.org , or my email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Always glad to hear from anyone. Be patient and I will reply to everybody as soon as I can. I meant to send some photos of me and my Runabout Stroller with the last article but they did not get included, so I will try and send them with this article.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing, Singing Zippity Do Dah All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause

 

 

 

 

Weeks 3-4

From just north of Phoenix, to just east of Yuma, Arizona. 11-23 to 12-6-2009, 265 miles, 20,681 Total Word Walk Miles.

Gary_3rd_Week Far enough south now that the days are getting hot, (65 to 75F) and the nights are much warmer, (40 to 55F). Lots of prickly pear and saguaro cactus as I came down the Antelope Creek dirt road from Mayer to Black canyon city. Ran into 2 horses running wild in the desert with purple lips. Looks like they had been snacking on prickly pear cactus fruit. I pulled out an apple and shared it with them. They seemed to enjoy checking out my baby jogger and world map on top. No questions from them though. Only about 12 cars passed me all day on the dirt road, but about half stopped to talk and asked me if I needed anything. I usually carry about 3 gallons (12 liters) of water with me and 3 or 4 days worth of food, but I never turn down extra food or water when offered.

Had to get on I-10 just south of Rock Springs, as the frontage road ended. Small sign saying no walkers, but other sign saying bicycles use shoulder. When i walked through this area in 1996 they had a sign saying walkers and bikers use shoulder, but now they seem to have changed the law. No other road to take so I had to walk it, no cops stopped me. I also ran into that problem between Gila Bend and Yuma, but no cops stopped me again. Back in 1996 one cop pulled a gun on me and wrote me a warning ticket (read at my website www.walkingman.org in the 1996 walk USA article around 2ND week in February). A couple Border Patrol agents stopped to talk, but with my green vest and orange hat i think they know I am not an illegal alien. One section of road near the Sand Dunes National Park has the border fence only 200 yards from the road. They had a big radar truck pointed at the border and many generators with big light arrays to light the border up at night when they detect humans comings. I found 5 empty backpacks in the ditch near Mile Marker 100 on the interstate highway. Looks like they hiked 40 miles across the desert and waited to be picked up at a set place. Hundreds of aliens die every year in the desert trying to reach the USA. One of the backpacks was a little girls pink Barbie pack. Tough little girl to walk across the desert. They also had at a checkpoint a big truck size x-ray machine to check big trucks for aliens inside.

Hot sunny days in the desert now, so I am starting to wear my bed sheet sun robe everyday to keep from getting sunstroke. Talked to one man in Phoenix that was wearing what he called a Thobe, similar to mine , but a little nicer cut. Lot of people in desert countries wear them. Looks kind of funny, but a lot cooler and keeps me from getting sunstroke. Lots of dust devils one day on the road to Maricopa. They were filled with bushes and dirt swirling towards me, luckily none came close enough to hit me. I used to hang glide just north of Gila Bend at Oatman Mt, and we used to watch for a big dust devil coming in to launch into the top thermal part to get some good upwards lift. One time a big dust devil snuck up on one side of me at the launch ramp and flipped me over before I saw it.

Finding lots of lucky pennies and other change on the road. Keeping track of how much I find and my best day was $3.29 worth of change. Hardly a day goes by that I do not find at least one lucky penny.

Had a nice visit in Phoenix with Tom Oliver, a friend I grew up with in my hometown of Newfane, New York. I had my first big adventure with Tom when we were about 10 and bicycled about 20 miles to Fort Niagara along Lake Ontario on kids bikes. We did not have any money to get into the Fort, so we went over to the Coast Guard station and told them we were hungry and kind of lost. So they fed us and called our parents to pick us up. Also some of my friends from Page came down to Phoenix, so I was able to meet up with them and have a nice day off visiting. Kind of nice to get out of the city and into the desert again though, cities always overwhelm me after a day or two with all the noise, traffic, people, pollution and congestion.

Night sky is always great in the desert too. Great place to see all the stars, moon, and look for meteors. Big meteor shower coming up Sunday night December 13Th. Its the Geminoids shower, and should be good for hundreds of meteors per hour.

Starting to see places I remember from 1996 when I walked through this area before. Not much has changed since then. New store at Dateland when I stopped to sample all the different dates they have for sale, and one lady treated me to a date shake.

Having a great walk so far, lots of nice people and my body feels great. No aches, pains, or blisters on my feet. Thanks to my Teva Sandals and my Udderly Smooth Udder Cream that I use on my feet. My new Runabout Stroller is rolling along nice and smooth also. Only thing I miss is hot showers and my friends from Page.

Headed west for San Diego now. Email me with questions or comments from my website at www.walkingman.org or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Will respond to all emails as soon as I can.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing, Singing Zippity Do Dah, All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 5-6

Yuma, Arizona to San Diego, California. 12-7-2009 to 12-20-2009, 255 miles, 20,936 Total World Walk Miles.

Having a great time walking through the desert. Nice and quiet and peaceful. Hardly any traffic at all on the frontage road near Interstate 8. Once in a while the frontage road ends and I have to go on I-8 till it starts again.The sign usually says no pedestrians, but bicycles allowed to use the shoulder. No cops have stopped me yet, I think they just do not want any hitchhikers out there.

Walkingman Week 5-6, 2010 There was a small pass just east of Yuma I had to climb for about 2 miles and maybe 1000 feet in elevation. I remember being passed back in 1996 on my first USA walk by a slow moving lettuce truck, I think the same truck passed me again going about 15 mph up the steep pass. Lots of vegetable fields all along I-8. They have school buses pulling porta-potties behind them to transport all the migrant workers parked along the fields. I talked to quite a few border patrol agents and they said they can not go on to private property to check for illegals. They said the migrant workers usually all have green cards anyway. Three sets of agents checked me out one night while I was camped about 50 feet from I-8 . They all shined their lights on me, and I told them I was an American. One agent told me he chased some illegals with backpacks filled with 40 pounds of marijuana each, but they dropped them and headed back for the border before he could catch them . He said each backpack was worth about $40,000 on the street.

Tough walk through Sand Dunes National Park when the frontage road turned to sand, then dead ended at a canal. Luckily I-8 was right there, and I was able to get back on pavement through a gate they had right where the road ended. With my stroller weighing about 100 pounds fully loaded it is pretty hard pushing through sand. The thicker mt bike tires I added help, but I prefer walking on pavement.

Nice soak in the hot springs for 2 hours about 6 miles east of Holtville, California. I stopped there back in 1996 on my first walk across the USA. Back then the campers were complaining that the BLM were raising the rates from $50 to $100 for 6 months camping, now it is up to $180. Just a fenced in section of desert with no hookups and just a big dumpster. Just two bathrooms over by the hot springs, but no dump station or water source except for the hot springs water. I noticed quite a few people filling up their water jugs right there at the shower hose, so I guess it is drinkable. Nice hot pool at about 103F, and a cold pond at 55F, with a nice pipe with hot water showering out on some benches, so you can take a shower before getting in the hot pool. Completely surrounded by palm trees, but only 100 yards from I-8, so you can hear the traffic whizzing by. No sign about the hot springs, so you have to know about it ahead of time. Lots of campers just parking their RVs in the desert for about $1 a day if they stay the whole 6 months. You have to go 6 miles into Holtville for groceries or to dump your tank. I think they have room for about 400 to 500 RVs, one man told me only about 150 RVs there right now.

One man stopped to chat on a cold morning and gave me an extra cup of Starbucks coffee he had with him. I usually just have a teaspoon of instant coffee in with my pot of oats and eggs. Unless it is really cold, then I heat a extra pan of hot water for coffee. So a nice hot cup of coffee is always nice. Another man stopped to chat and gave me a can of fruit and written permission to pick some lemons in his orchard just down the road. Always nice to add some lemon to my sun tea.

I stopped at one store early in the morning and Scotty was sitting outside smoking and drinking beer at 7am. Had a nice chat and when I told him that I lost my wool socks and was looking for some , he went across the street to his tent and got me a brand new pair. He said that a lady just gave him a big bag of socks the other day. He lives in a tent under a tree across the road from a store he works in part time. He said he helps unload trucks, sweeps and mops, and they give him $5, beer and cigarettes.

I got an invite to visit a friend of a friend in San Diego. So i met Pete on the board walk in Pacific Beach and he walked with me for a couple hours all along the coast. Lots of surfers, seals, runners, bikers, and people just out for a walk. Always nice to have a local to walk with for a while and tell me a little about the area.

Long climb up Spring Hill Pass on I-8. 3,234 feet high, and about 15 miles along the shoulder of a busy interstate. One exit almost to the top had a sign saying all bikers and pedestrians must exit, then they send you down a frontage road that dead ends, so you have to come back onto the I-8. Most states have little regard for walkers and bikers. They seem to forget that walking and biking were here before cars and that according to prior use laws you cannot take away the right to walk or bike a road unless you provide an alternative route. I always find a way through, although sometimes the alternative is twice as long. No hurry, no worries, you get there eventually if you keep on walking.

Headed north along the coast for LA now. Email me by clicking on reply, or from my website at www.walkingman.org . I always enjoy hearing from anybody interested in my walk.

Keep on Walking. Life is Amazing. Singing Zippity Do Dah, All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 7-8

San Diego to Barstow, California. 12-21-2009 to 1-3-2010, 259 miles, 21,195 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman Week7-8 2010 Nice walking up the coast of the Pacific ocean. A couple small towns with lots of surfers , seabirds, and sightseers. Still cold nights (30 to 50F), and warm sunny days (60 to 75F). At Oceanside I had to detour east around Camp Pendleton. Marine guards would not let me through the base on the bicycle route up the coast. I called the provost Marshall's office, but was denied there also. Something about having camping gear and what not and leaving the path and hiding on base. I told them they let bicycle tourists through with camping gear, but no luck. So I headed east on route 76 for old route 395, that follows I-15 north. Turned out to be a better route to get through LA anyway. A lot quieter and not as much traffic as I skirted the east side of LA through Riverside and San Bernardino.

In a small town called Rainbow, another fellow walker stopped his car and invited me to stay at his place and have a hot meal, shower, and use his laundry. Larry Amkraut (larryamkraut.com) had walked across USA back in the 70,s with his dog. Had a nice stay with Larry and his family. Some of his cats played with my tent as I was setting it up. One was jumping on the rain fly outside and another was pawing at him from inside. So I opened the doors and let the inside to keep them from ripping the tent with their claws. They were quite curious and checked out every part of my tent. I woke up about midnight and found 3 cats all curled together sleeping by my head. In the morning I shared my breakfast of cookies, oats and eggs, and yogurt with them. Nice hot shower, another breakfast, and clean laundry in the morning. Larry showed me a book he had written with his dog about his USA walk. He had slept outside also testing some lightweight sleeping bags and pads for his job of writing reviews of camping equipment for various magazines. So he gets lots of free equipment from different companies. He offered to get me some free gear, but I have all new stuff and am pretty well set up. Always nice to meet a fellow walker and stay with a local.

Lots of bicyclists out on old route 385. The road zigs and zags and goes up and down all around I-15. I passed through Murrieta where Floyd Landis lives and trains for his bicycle racing. I just finished reading his book "Positively False" about his training, winning the Tour de France, and fighting the false accusations of drug doping. It gives good insight into bike racing and the drug testing system and also the medias unfair treatment of him.

Picked up historic route 66 leaving LA around the San Bernardino area. Called the mother road of America by John Steinbeck. It goes from Chicago to LA all the way across the west. I walked up El Cajun Pass, on route 66, which is the old road that parallels the new I-15. Heavy headwind and long slow uphill grade all day gave me a sore back and tired legs. Only made it about halfway up, but a good nights sleeps and a hot breakfast got me over the next day. Short 2 mile section where the road ends and I had to walk on I-15 for 30 minutes. Went past 2 cop cars parked at a truck weigh station , but they either did not see me or did not mind. Back on the local road and up and over the summit where a guy gave me a water bottle and a bag of chips. Big stone monument in Little Horse Thief Canyon, where horse thief's drove their stolen cattle and horses northeast to Utah using parts of the Mojave, Santa Fe, and Mormon trails . In Barstow they had lots of murals painted on the sides of buildings depicting all the old travelers passing through the area over the years. Ten thousand years Native Americans have used the Mojave trail between the Colorado river and the Pacific coast to trade with various tribes,. In the 1700,s the Spanish priests used the Santa Fe trail to travel between California and New Mexico missions. Then the Mormons started expanding outwards from Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1850,s all over the west. Back then horse and wagons could walk about 10 miles a day, so if you look at a map, you can see how they established towns about every 10 miles.

Outside of a Starbucks I was using wifi at I talked to one old guy. He looked like a homeless man, and said he sometimes came here for a free cup of coffee. He was quite impressed with my walk and pulled out a couple bucks to give to me. It felt kind of weird to take it, but it seemed to make him feel good to help me out. I do not really need the money, but people seem to enjoy helping me on my walk, so i like to let them have the joy of giving. I usually prefer to give bananas, apples , or cookies to homeless men when they ask me for change. I dislike giving them money that they would most likely spend on alcohol, drugs, or smokes.

One man came over to chat with me while I was sitting one a bench. He showed me his I-phone, and asked me if this was my website, sure enough he had my walkingman.org website on. Another man googled me directions on his phone when I asked him where a place was. Pretty soon everybody will just have one device to listen to music, get directions, compute, vote, bank, work, chat, and maybe even think for us if they can figure out how to directly connect it to our brain.

I was planning on heading north up the coast to San Fransisco, but with this detour east of LA, I am changing my route. It is also getting busy earlier this spring up at Lake Powell, so I am going to start work in mid February instead of mid March. So I am headed east to Needles, California, north to Las Vegas, and east to Page, Arizona.

Email me with questions and comments by clicking on reply. or from my website at www.walkingman.org

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing. Singing Zippitty Do Dah, All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

Weeks 9 - 10


Barstow, California to Mesquite, Nevada, via Las Vegas. 1-4 to 1-17-2010, 348 miles, 21,543 Total World Walk Miles.

Walkingman Week 9-10 2010 Crossing the Mojave desert most of this 2 weeks. The first half from Barstow to Needles was on old route 66, which follows along Interstate 40 most of the way. Lots of small towns that used to survive off all the traffic with motels, cafes, stores, gas stations, and tourist attractions are ghost towns now. I stocked up with as much food and water I could carry on my stroller for the long haul. About 150 miles to Needles, with just a few small towns listed on my road map. You never know for sure till you get there what they will have. I usually ask at each town what the next town has, but some people do not know for sure. So I usually ask as many people as possible to get a consensus. Most of the mini-marts just have beer, soda, chips, candy, and a few other high priced junk food. Roy's cafe in Amboy had some good fig bars for $1.50 for a 13oz package, so I bought 4 packs. They even had wi-fi so I could check my email. I was going to fill up my water bottles in the rest room, but it tasted kind of funny, so I asked the clerk and he said it was poison. Local well water that had high level of minerals like arsenic in it maybe. But he said he could give me a bunch of small water bottles. People have been stopping every day and giving me water, so I have not run out yet. I did make another sign to hang on my back that says "water please". Have not had to use it yet though. Lucky I bought those fig bars as I made it in to Needles with only a half package of fig bars, half pound of sugar, and some tea bags for my sun tea. I ran out of oats, ramen noodles, eggs, yogurt, and fruit. Long day of 28 miles into Needles, and when I got there and asked where the nearest supermarket was, they told me 4 more miles on the other side of town. Luckily the road was pretty much downhill with a tailwind all day. But still I was pretty tired and glad to get in my tent and sleeping bag at the end. I could probably go a couple days on just sun tea (one tea bag, quarter cup of sugar, in a 1 liter plastic water bottle, cost about 4 cents), but I have never had to try it. I like eating lots of food to much. I will do a new detailed diet of what I eat on the road with next weeks article. With cost, and calories, of the type of foods I eat. Most people find it hard to believe I can survive and walk 20 miles a day on about $5. Most people spend more money on coffee at Starbucks then what I eat all day.

Walkingman Week 9-10 2010 Found a lot of roadkill that I ate this week. When I say roadkill, I actually mean anything I find on the roadside that is in a unbroken paper or plastic package and still looks good enough to eat. No use wasting it I figure, as long as it is not spoiled. Most packaged food has some many preservatives in it and packaging is pretty good at keeping it fresh. I found a power bar, salad with romaine lettuce, chicken, cheese, and croutons, squashed Twinkie, and Mt House freeze dried Lasagna. Might sound kind of strange to eat this stuff, but when you are walking around the world you do a lot of stuff that you would not imagine doing when you are living in a house, working, eating at home, living a normal middle class life. Its not much different than foraging in the woods for natural food like plants and animals.

Nice visit in Las Vegas with Mr and Mrs Buyhoff. They were neighbors when I was growing up in my hometown of Newfane, NY forty years ago. Their son Todd was one of my friends and Mrs Buyhoff was my Junior Choir Director in the choir I sang badly in at the Newfane Methodist church. I still stop in Sundays when I am in Newfane to attend church and see lots of old friends. Also email them my weekly article so they can follow my walk. Nice home cooked dinner, hot shower, warm bed, and nice talk with the Buhyoffs while I was visiting. Always nice to find out how all their children are doing.

Walkingman Week 9-10 2010 As I was walking through the desert I noticed lots of stuff under the bridges. Backpacks, clothes, water bottles, and other junk are left behind by illegal aliens after they are picked up. The railroad tracks parallel route 66, so the aliens hop the train in San Diego or LA I think and jump off
at a certain point to be picked up by vans. They pack so many aliens in the vans(20 to 30 I hear) that I think they have to leave their backpacks and any extra clothes behind. I talked to one railroad engineer, and he said they often have to pull off dead or dying aliens from the train. They either die in the summer from heat exhaustion or dehydration, or freeze in the winter. One pile of clothes must have been big enough to sleep in. Maybe 40 pairs of pants, shirts, sweaters and other stuff. I thought there might be somebody sleeping underneath or a dead body.

Saw one tree near Amboy with over a 1000 pairs of shoes hanging in it. Must be some local custom to throw your shoes in this special tree. Lots of names and graffiti made with rocks stacked on a bank that is piled up about 30 feet north of the road. Creosote bushes are about the only thing that grows in the desert. Once in a while at a wash there is a Palo Verde or Salt Cedar tree. Amazing that nothing seems to eat the Creosote bushes. When you crush up the leaves and smell them they have a tarry oily smell to them.

Walkingman Week 9-10 2010 Talked to one kid in Needles that said he saw my website address, checked it out in the library, then hurried after me so he could talk to me. Always nice when I inspire somebody to get out and walk or bike and have an adventure. He said his sister just sat on the couch and watched TV all day. His mother was involved in alcohol and drugs and always in trouble. His brother was in jail for drugs and stealing. So he stayed away from home a lot and just walked around town all day. So seeing me walking around the world gave him inspiration to do something better with his life then what all his family was doing. I like to tell people to turn off the TV, computer, video game and go outside and walk or bike and have an adventure. Its amazing what the human body and mind can do when you go for it. Its releases all kinds of chemicals to give you more energy, control pain, sharpen you reflexes, and gets more blood and oxygen to your brain so you can think up all kinds of interesting ideas. I notice all kinds of interesting plants, animals, roadkill, tools, money, and other stuff on the roadside. People are shut up in their houses all night, drive to work or school and spend the day inside. If you want to feel better I say sleep outside in your backyard so you can see the stars and moon, listen to the birds and insects and watch the sun rise every morning. Then walk or bike to work or school and exercise your body and save money. Take a walk for lunch instead of eating out and bring a apple, banana, and orange to eat while you walk to save money and eat a healthy lunch. Then when you get home keep the TV off and take a hike or bike ride with your kids or friends and talk to them instead of vegging out in front of the TV. Walking or biking around the world is pretty cheap way to travel. I only spend about $5 a day on food, and you can put together camping equipment, clothes and a bike or baby jogger for anywhere from less than a $100 if you shop in thrift stores to $1000 if you buy all new stuff. So just do it.

Walkingman Week 9-10 2010Walkingman Week 9-10 2010 Headed northeast now for St George, Utah, Kanab, and Page, Arizona,where I will work at Lake Powell Resort again this summer. Email me with questions or comments by clicking on reply or from my website at www.walkingman.org .

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing, Singing Zippity Do Dah All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

 

 

Weeks 11 - 12


Mesquite, Nevada to Page, Arizona. 1-18-2010 to 1-27-2010, 177 miles, 21,720 Total World Walk Miles.

Below freezing every night now and cold windy days as I head north and into 3,000 to 6,000 feet elevations . Over a high pass between Littlefield, Arizona and St. George, Utah on a local route 91. Ten miles and 4 hours uphill in shorts and long sleeve shirt, sweating most of the way. Made the snow covered top of the pass by noon and got hit by a chilly headwind. Wool pants, wool sweater, and gore-tex jacket on right away and a nice down hill walk all the way into St. George. About 6 inches of snow cover on the top of the pass, but melting fast as I got lower. Two days of cold rainy weather through St George and Hurricane, Utah is the worst weather for the whole trip. Just above freezing at about 33F, with a driving headwind and rain blowing in my face, so I was all bundled up in my wool and gore-tex. Lots of stops for coffee, groceries, laundry, reading, and any excuse I could find to take a break inside. Remembered a hot springs in Hurricane, Utah, so I stopped in at Pah Tempe Hot Springs and took a nice soak just as it was getting dark. Nice historical museum at Hurricane that had an old Mormon Handcart and various old wagons and farm equipment.

Pitching my tent just about every night on cold snowy ground. Nice and warm in my sleeping bag and on top of my foam pad. Plus a hot dinner and hot breakfast cooked right in my tent keeps me warm inside. Been collecting firewood every night and presetting a fire for the morning. Warm enough with all my clothes on except for my toes. Usually takes about 30 minutes walking before my toes warm up. So I like to warm up my feet over a campfire in the morning.

Ran into a blizzard about 50 miles from Page, Arizona. About a 15mph headwind and snow driving into my face. Road started to get snowy and icy with not much room to walk on. One snow plow stopped to see if I was okay. Warm enough in my gore-tex and wool, face was a little cold. I had my ski mask on and a bandanna tied over that. Visibility was down to about 100 feet with big trucks going by and pulling out of their lane to give me a wide berth. So pulled my stroller under a tree and locked it up. Decided to hitch into Page and take a break for a couple days till the weather improved. Stayed with some friends for a couple days and was going to go back and walk the last 50 miles, but I decided to end my walk there and have a friend help me drive out and pick up my stroller.

Had another great walk, 1560 miles over 12 weeks. Meet a lot of nice people, saw lots of great places, and had a great time. Back to work here at Lake Powell, Arizona for the next 9 months. Will do some research over the summer and decide on my next walk. Hope I inspired lots of people to walk, bike, and go out and have an adventure.

Email me with questions and comments by clicking on reply, or from my website at www.walkingman.org .

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing. Singing Zippity Do Dah, All Day Long.

Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

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