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TransAmerica Walk - November 2012 Update

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I walked/cycled 126.5 miles in November. I ended the month at mile marker 1170.3, about 9.8 miles from Murphysboro, Illinois. The area seems pretty rural, but at least there are a lot of trees to look at, unlike the barren landscape from last month. And look, there’s a pipeline marker on the right side of the road. If I were really on this road I’d be walking over there just to see which pipeline runs through the area.

I’m walking through the southern tip of Illinois, and while I can’t quite see Missouri on the left edge of this map, I know it’s there. It’s only 45.7 miles further down the road!

This map of Illinois shows how close I am to Missouri. The stretch through Illinois is the shortest state on the route, at only 145.5miles. It’s been nice having this short stretch to focus on after crossing the first two states, which were also the longest states on the route.

The entire TransAmerica walk is 4,063 miles and I have completed almost 30% of the walk so far. When I started this walk in January, my goal was to make it across the country in four years, but since I’ll be almost a third of the way across the country at the end of the year, my focus will be to make it across the country in three years, arriving on the Pacific coast by December 2014. To accomplish that, I need to walk 116 miles per month. I have exceeded my monthly goals of 120 miles the past few months, so this should be doable as long as I maintain this pace.

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