HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BACKPACK WEIGH?
Between 20-22lbs depending on if I was wearing my cool weather clothing which made my pack lighter. The weight of pants, sweatshirt and socks add up. I also carried snacks in my pack that people would give me. A 2 pound difference is substantial when you walk hundreds of miles.
*To view the complete contents of my backpack, check out the page on this site called, "What's in your backpack?"
DID YOU CARRY A GUN?
Though I believe in the right to carry a gun, I don't own one and I never will.
I was a sweaty backpacker carrying dirty laundry and I wasn't a threat to anyone. In fact, I was given the most courtesy in neighborhoods that most people would expect to be dangerous. It was in well manicured neighborhoods that I felt the least secure. Those people definitely didn't want my 'type' walking down their streets.
WERE YOU SCARED?
You can't embark on a journey like this with fear. A couple of times I felt threatened but my intuition and 'know how' got me out of the situation.
WHERE DID YOU SLEEP?
Mostly with couchsurfing hosts.
42 hosts out of 98 locations were through couchsurfing.com.
My friends on Facebook also helped a lot by posting my locations and asking their friends to help. By the time I got to Florida, I was pretty much set up with places to stay by those who reached out to their family and friends to help. It truly was a group effort and I couldn't have done it so well without the help of others.
WHERE DID YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM?
McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, WAWA and Starbucks were my favorites because I could eat, use the wifi and charge my cellphone at the same time (well, not ALL at the same time). Since I wasn't trekking on a trail in the woods and I was walking through cities and towns, there usually was a business of some sort that had no problem with me using their facilities. I only went to the bathroom outside about a dozen times.
WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN?
I would but I'm not getting a 'calling' to do so.
I am, however, excited about sailing down the East Coast in June 2017.
New adventure. New day.
If you have a question for me, send it my way. I'd love to answer any questions that you have.
Thanks for following my journey!