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Logistics & Strategy.

My friend Caitlin asked on Instagram if I could make a post detailing some of the how and why about the walk. I covered some of the why in the previous post; the rest of the why will reveal itself I’m sure over the course of the 3,000 miles. 

Logistics and Strategy

  • Timing: I waited until late February to start in an effort to avoid any truly cold temperatures. I’m still going to hit some low 20′s in the desert at night, and I can survive down to 0*F in my sleeping bag, but for the most part I’m going to be dealing with mild days and cold nights. Then summer hits and it’s just surviving the heat.
  • Distance/Time: The goal is somewhere between 15 and 20 miles every day. Roughly 3 miles per hour while moving with a few breaks for rest. The idea is that if you stagger a few breaks in, you’re able to go a little longer than if you just go all at once and rest all at the end. I’m sure there will be days I take completely off for various reasons or get extra inspired and knock out 25 or 30 but 15-20 miles per day is the goal average. 15 miles per day average means I finish in almost exactly seven months. 
  • Gear: I’m currently pushing a modified jogging baby stroller made for two kids. My dad’s good friend Tim went above and beyond engineering it to hold extra weight. The entire stroller with all the gear weighs 152 pounds which is probably a little overkill and will likely be whittled down.
    • Electronics: various cameras and chargers. iPhone, portable chargers. Laptop. 
    • First aid and hygiene: toothbrush, toothpaste, bandaids, gauze, ibuprofen, vaseline, deodorant, neosporin, sunscreen, baby wipes, toilet paper, zip lock bags for various trash.
    • Tactical: knife, duct tape, fire starting kit, lighter, matches, lantern, headlamp, bike pump for flat tires on stroller.
    • Clothes: lightweight technical shirts and pants. big fleece jackets for cold nights. 5-6 pair of underwear, 5-6 pair of socks. Two pairs of shoes. Hoodie. Waterproof suit. 
    • Shelter: One-man tent and mummy sleeping bag. Cozy full size pillow. 
    • Food: One thing I’m trying to figure out. Currently stocking up on bran flakes cereal and high density low-weight stuff like raisins and granola. Trail mix. Some fruit. 
    • Water: currently keeping three gallons of water on the stroller at all times. 
  • What am I scared of: A lot of things. The dark, first of all, which is unfortunate. I’m also scared of mountain lions. People robbing me? Cars running into me? A lot of things scare me. 

I’m sure there will be more things I think. If you have questions, feel free to ask and I will do some Q and A posts along the way?

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