Sharon, Rachael and I recently rented a Toyota and drove to New Jersey to attend a family bat mitzvah. Terrific event- Maya the bat mitzvah was in command of her entire weekend and family gathered from Israel, Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Columbus, Buffalo and Chicago.
We spent the nights at a Route 1 hotel in suburban Jersey near New Brunswick, home of Rutgers University. Endless miles of strip malls and big boxes, this could have been near any top 50 metropolis in US, it’s all the same.
But WAIT…look who just walked, and ROLLED, up…Tara and her husband John-Michael.
This couple, bundled up outside the Staybridge Inn lobby (it was a sleety-damp windsome day in the high 30s) certainly didn’t resemble just any man & woman grazing the array of restaurants along American thoroughfares. First of all, they didn’t drive up to the hotel, they WALKED. Not from their parked car, but from a corner of New Jersey from where ocean-going vessels launch, Perth Amboy, that underarm of the state where the Atlantic reaches inland in the form of Raritan Bay. Tara and John-Michael has just completed their first day of a walk across the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, pledging to walk every step…no train, no bus, no taxi, no tractor-wagon…hoofin’ every mile to the Oregon coast and rolling their household necessities along, as illustrated…
They didn’t appear worse for the wear-&-tear of a 20 mile hike in less-than-pleasant weather wheeling their carts along the highway shoulders…no sidewalks in stripmall-land. And 20-miles is the daily unit they intend to travel, often camping outdoors.
Today they appear to be approaching Washington, PA, walking west on US Route 40, the paved pre-interstate path paralleling the 40th latitude.
You can follow their trek on their blog, WeWalkandRoll
When we met them we learned that they will stay on US 40 at least to Terre Haute, IN, their hometown, and they confirmed that they will be rolling through Columbus, at which time we insisted they stop at the Coe estate to dine, clean up and rest…perhaps even do laundry. Afterall, we live less than two miles from where they will pass through central Ohio on the National Road. At their current progress, we expect to host April 18. We’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, LIKE them on Facebook.