I leave May 15th at 7:00 a.m. from my home in Newburyport, Mass, sharing coffee with friends at the Changing Tide Coffee Shop, a stone’s throw from my house.
I have a reasonably planned out itinerary, though time, health, speaking engagements, distractions, weather, meeting new friends, and other unscheduled detours will alter my plans. As I walk, the routes below are best estimates. As I see a country road or quicker route to the next major stop, I will be sure to take it.
I'll visit 13 States, and walk 3,600 miles, give or take a couple of hundred.
Leave Newburyport, coffee snack at Battleground Coffee Café in Haverhill. Heads towards Salem, NH. From Salem, NH to Perham NH, back into Mass to Dunstable, Pepperell and Townsend.
From Townsend, MA to Ashby, Winchenden, Royalston, Warwick, North Adams to Williamstown, MA.
Leaving the great state of Mass, I will enter in N.Y. State to Troy, N.Y. to Rt. 7
Take Route 7 to Duanesburg, hit 20W and keep on to Cazenovia, Skaneateles, Auburn (home of William Seward), to Seneca Falls (Susan B. Anthony National Monument), to Geneva, to Canandaigua (stay with my sister, Marian for a couple of days to rest and eat madly.)
Continue Rt 20 to Darien Center and meet my brother John. Stay at his house for a day.
From Darien Center, take Rt 77 South, meander to RT 98 to Arcade . Take 242 to Ellicotville to 62 Randolph then to Jamestown, home of Lucille Ball. (I will be on the outskirts of Jamestown)
From Jamestown,(or close to Jamestown), take Rt. 62 South to Russell Pa, Warren, PA, to Tionesta (state Park there), To Oil City, to Franklin to Sandy Lake to Mercer (still on Rt 62, to Sharon).
In Ohio, look for the connecting roads to Rt 62 to Youngstown to Boardman to Salem, Ohio to Canton to Millersburg, Ohio, down to Danville to New Albany into Columbus to see my niece Heidi for a day of rest.
From Columbus, take Rt 161 to Rt 36 to Plain City, to Urbana, to Covington, then to Greenville, Ohio, to Palestine, the last town I will visit in Ohio.
Staying on Rt 36 to Pendleton, Indiana. In Pendeleton, take Rt 38 to Noblesville, then Rt 32 to Lebanon and then onto Crawsfordville , IN, Find Rt 136 to Danville, Illinois. Danville, IL to Champaign, IL on Rt 150. Take Rt 10 to Lincoln, Illinois, to small town of Havana, IL. Rt 24 to Rushville to Rt 5 to 61 to Quincy, IL.
Into Missouri: Hunnewell to Macon to Laclede to Breckenridge to Cameron to St. Joseph, MO. Enter Kansas on Rt 36 to Hiawatha, KS on Rt 13. Continue on Kansas to Rt 36, all the way to Marysville to Phillipsburg to Norton, to Oberlin and to Bird City (population 437). Now entering Colorado.
Welcome to Colorado, Mountain Time, take Rt 34 to Wray, Yuma, Akron, Brush, Wiggins, Roggen, then Lochbuie to Denver. Follow the trail along I-70 all the way through to Grand Junction.
From Grand Junction, head south into La Sal, Utah. LaSal to Monticello to Blanding to Bluff, then into Navajo Nation to Mexican Hat, Oljato-Mounument Valley, and Kayenta, Arizona.
Kayenta to Shonto to Tonalea to Tuba City to Cameron to O’Leary Campground near Sunset Crater. On to Flagstaff to Sedona to Jerome, Prescott, Yarnell, Aguila, Salome, Brenda and Quartzsite before arriving in Blythe, California.
Blythe to Palo Verde, cross the desert on the Ben Hulse Highway to Brawley, then on to El Centro, Ocotillo, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Alpine, Le Mesa and finally at the U.S.S. Midway Museum in San Diego I have arrived at my destination. One happy, lucky guy.