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My route for walking across the country mainly followed the American Discovery Trail, and at first I intended to walk every single step of the trail without exception. I managed to stick to the trail all the way until West Virginia, when I was tempted by the solitude and scenery of walking along the railroad tracks. Once I had deviated from the original plan, I discovered that navigating as I went was much more exciting and enjoyable. Some of my fondest memories from my adventure occurred in places I never planned on being. I would often just ask the local townspeople for advice on scenic route-planning, and they were usually gave good suggestions. There are many miles that are not shown in these maps, some of which came from making a wrong turn or while walking into town, and some of which came from side-trips I went on like going to see my brother in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Every time I got a ride, however, I did my best to get back to the same exact spot that I left off, and these maps display that continuity. Spending the time to make the maps ahead of time gave me the security of having a plan, but allowed me the freedom to choose whether to follow it or not. Sometimes weather or soreness would slow me down unexpectedly, and other times adventure would come knocking and I would consciously choose to alter my course. Ultimately, I learned to take life one step at a time and to enjoy each moment for what it is, instead of constantly worrying about the future and letting the present whiz by at the speed of life. What you’ll see in these maps are the thousands of towns, and forests. farms, plains, mountains, lakes, rivers, canyons, deserts and much more, that I walked past during my trek across the country.

View Dudetrek Route (1 of 3) in a larger map

View Dudetrek Route (2 of 3) in a larger map

View American Discovery Trail (3 of 3) in a larger map



This one is simple. Just visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Guidebooks and Maps page. It will provide you with more information than I ever could


So this one was a little bit more tricky to piece together, but the majority of the information I’ve discovered came from the following sources

Nimblewill Nomad’s Website- This dude was the first person to pioneer the trail. His website is worth taking a look at even if you have no interest in the mapping data, simply because the incredible amount of hiking he’s done in his lifetime.

The Florida Trail Association’s Website- I bought the maps and the data book, but not the guidebook. If this was my first thru-hike, I would have likely bought all 3

The AL and NW GA Trails Handbook- I discovered this gem while surfing around on Hike Alabama’s Website. It provides a ton of info and was last updated in┬ámid 2014

18 Responses to Maps

  1. Jae

    You got mad curly hair
    you def don’t need nair
    amurikah amurikah
    Jonah comin’ atcha
    trekin’ through amurikah
    You’re welcome for this rap.
    Also, BEN SAYS HI.

    ~ lots of love Alfred ~

  2. Lacie

    Hi Jonah, my name is Lacie and I’m a friend of Kait and John Seyal, who just mentioned you in a blog post concluding their cross-country trek. I just wanted to let you know that you have a place to stay in Long Beach CA if you ever need one. I wish you safe travels and look forward to reading more about your journey.

  3. Bill Bentley

    Hey Jonah,

    My name is Bill and I’m a Ohio native, born and raised. Since the summer before kindergarten I have spent somewhere between a week and a month every summer in Eldersburg with my grandfater. Through my time there I have become very close friends with a few people I believe you know (some being Brian Smith, Casey Sullivan, Greg Rinehart, Joey Eckert…the list goes on). This past summer while I was visiting I heard about Dudetrek and I think what you’re doing is incredible. I check at least once a week to see what you’re up to, and if there are any new posts. I go to school at Xavier University in Cincinnatti, OH and if you would like/need a place to stay when you get around this area I can hook you up with a couch, a shower, and food to eat. Just let me know! My number is 419-902-3232. I’ll be happy to help you out anyway I can.

    Bill Bentley

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