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Maps

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


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

  4. Bobby,Steve, Scout and Fox

    Hey Jonah: It was nice meeting you this morning as you were passing through Pennyfield Lock. I wish I had thought to throw you a PawPaw. Are you eating them? They are everywhere along the canal and ripe now. Good luck and I hope you can aquire much wisdom in your travels.

    -Bobby

  5. Ryan Going

    Hey Jonah, your aunt I believe Beth Gozdecki told me about dudetrek, I live in Jefferson city MO and would be willing to help you out when your in the area. Looks like you will be following the Katy trail, it comes right by Jeff city. Give me a holler, I’m following you on Facebook. Good luck, I can contact the local news to get you some exposure locally if you want?

  6. Crystal Puderbaugh

    Where are you? What do you need? Let me know how I can help! You are awesome!
    NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

  7. Brendan

    Jonah,

    We want to connect with you tomorrow (Friday morning) around 11am or noon to do a story on you. Where will you be? What is your phone number?

    Thank you,

    Brendan O’Connell
    FOX 5 in DC

  8. Jerry Holz

    Jonah,
    I will be following your progress online, and would love to buy you lunch as you pass through the Brunswick, MD area or somewhere close to it. If you’re already booked, I understand. Jonas is still wearing the bracelet you made him at your going away party. Keep up the good work and we’ll catch up in a few weeks.
    Jerry Holz

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  11. Simon Drew

    Hey Jonah,

    We can hook you up with meals and a place to crash in St. Louis if you’d like/need. Just give us a shout when you’re in the area and we’ll take care of you. Hell, you could even deliver an inspiring speech to the wide-eyed students in my classes, though you don’t have to, of course.

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Drew

    • Quiet_Earp

      I have a feeling I will have plenty of things to talk about by the time I get to St. Louis, so that may just work out. I’ll be sure to keep you in mind once I make it to the Midwest. Feel free to check out the site every once in a while for an update on my progress (for yourself and your class) as I get closer and closer.

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    “It’s a bummer being finite.” “It’s such a bummer being finite.” – Jason Cole, c.2003

  14. Shelley Titzer

    Let me know the dates you will be passing through Boonville, Indiana or Evansville or Newburgh. You’ll be fed well and I’ll try to coordinate a trip to see the in-laws at the same time. I’d love to meet you and my kids will treat you like a celebrity! Good luck!

    • Quiet_Earp

      If my pace is close to what i think it will be, I should be passing through your part of Indiana around mid-November. Obviously, this is subject to change but it will be something close to that

    • Gero

      That is what this trip is all about.

  15. John

    I can hook you up with a lift across the bay bridge. And make sure you stop at Bullocks in Denton. great deli and ice cream.

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