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Who wants to walk/run/bike across America with me?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There's a web site where you can take a virtual walk across America! It's about 3000 miles, so not for sissies or the impatient. I've seen other Sparkers do virtual journeys but since I don't have any particular destination in mind, this appeals to me. Plus, I love the U.S. and plan to learn along the way.

My good Spark buddy Nina sent me the link after she mentioned it in a blog or comment. You sign up and choose which types of locomotion you want to use, bike, walk, walk/run, running, etc and then each time you exercise you go onto the site and log your mileage. The trip is from Yorktown VA to Florence, Oregon. There's a map that marks your progress across the country and you can see others' progress too if you know their ID name or number. Each time you enter mileage, they show you a picture of where you are. So far, it's just been a picture of the road! LOL (The site is not the most robustly functional nor typographically appealing, looks very old-school. But still.)

I've gone 9 miles and am currently in Williamsburg, VA. I've never been there so I did a tiny bit of research, just to learn something. Located between the James and York rivers, it was founded in 1632 and quickly became the center of pre-revolutionary politics. They established the College of William and Mary (the US's second oldest U) and the country's first mental hospital, Eastern State Hospital. (You could be smart and crazy! Wait. That makes sense.) Virginia has the distinction of having had both the Revolutionary war and the Civil War end there. Over half of the battles fought in the Civil War were fought in Virginia. Williamsburg is home to the famous "Colonial Williamsburg" historic area where you can step back into colonial times (I so want to go there!). They've also got a park honoring U.S. Presidents that contains sculptured heads of all of them. Heads, no bodies. That would be cool!

Anyway, if anyone else wants to join the challenge of walking (or running or biking or a combo thereof) across the U. S., the web site is

And my IDs are:
69101 TeresaK

Let me know if you do, I'd love to compare my progress with others!

OMG! This is President's Park. They're huge!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOTUSBURGER 1/28/2012 12:11PM

    I love this idea....I'm going to check it out now!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/27/2012 12:30AM

    sounds like great motivation...keep letting us know where you visit in your to the huge President heads...I want to go too!!! Barb

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REYVE01 1/26/2012 11:57AM

    Love history and learning about different place. Cool

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NEWMAC2011 1/26/2012 11:41AM

    That sounds interesting. I think I'll join once I'm all better and back to working out (next week for sure!) I think we can count any mileage we accrue doing whatever. Great idea!

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GLORYANDME 1/25/2012 10:54AM

    I'm thinking about it since my main form of exercise is walking! emoticon

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NWILKER 1/25/2012 10:45AM

    Tee hee - ok, so i signed up but then realized it is only for running or walking, so it'll take me a bit longer... i might consider my elliptical distance to be walking... i dunno i'd have to remeber how far i went! And i usually more concerned with my heart rate! my id: 69157

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IMIN2GENES 1/24/2012 8:19PM

    I'll definitely check it out...

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/24/2012 7:53PM

    I just checked this out and am now walking across the U.S. I'll let you know my other id, but the one is Joanng

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SUSIEPH1 1/24/2012 4:40PM

    Sounds great enjoy!! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 1/24/2012 3:18PM

    Totally cool! I'll check out the website and if I sign up I'll let you know!

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LISAINMS 1/24/2012 3:07PM

    Sounds like fun. But since I can only count one method for mileage, it would take me too long to log 3000 and I would constantly say "are we there yet?". Sooo I will be your backseat driver instead.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/24/2012 2:55PM

    I think I'll read about your progress...

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