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Posted: 7/12/2005 5:11:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:23:57 PM EDT
I wish I could afford to do something like that.




Soon I'll have the cash saved up and will do something similarly insane.

Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:24:52 PM EDT
Already done back in the 70s by a guy who chronicled his journey in National Geographic, but if it works for this guy, good for him.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:25:45 PM EDT
Good for him.

My hat's off to him!
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:26:23 PM EDT
I did it back in '82. I still have bunions.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:27:03 PM EDT
Any bets on whether he makes it or not?
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:27:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
I did it back in '82.




No shit?

Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:28:25 PM EDT
He might do ok w/ a book/movie deal. Don't know who'd play "before" w/ no Chris Farley.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:30:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/12/2005 5:31:41 PM EDT by Mauser101]

Originally Posted By callgood:
He might do ok w/ a book/movie deal. Don't know who'd play "before" w/ no Chris Farley.



Jack Black's been doing more serious movies. Granted he himself is also losing weight these days.

EDIT: Update from 6/27 had him in Kingman AZ. Gonna be a hot summer for the big guy. Gonna need that camelback.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:37:11 PM EDT
Shit that aint nothin. Forest did it several times.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:38:53 PM EDT
Saw this on the news. Gotta give the guy credit for trying. Personally I would have cycled.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:38:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
I did it back in '82.




No shit?




Yes shit, at least 50 times.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:41:38 PM EDT
Most people simply don't realize that walking a few miles a week can go a HUGE way toward weight loss and feeling FAR more healthy. I sure didn't.

I got a treadmill a few months back and put anywhere between 10 and 15 miles a week on it walking (usually 3.2 to 3.8MPH). Over the course of a few months I lost about 20 pounds, managed to get back into all my old clothes that I couldn't fit in for years, got my BP down, my resting heartrate down from like 67 to 53 and look about 100 times better. I can actually DO things without getting winded and wanting to pass out. When I do get stressed from activity I know my body well enough now that I can properly adjust and not think "Holy shit, I'm gonna die!" like I use to.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:47:05 PM EDT
I read some of the journal entries. He should have taken this a bit more seriously and properly prepared for this trip. 10 miles is a good day?

It actually sounds like fun to me.
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:50:31 PM EDT

After a couple of miles I stopped at a Jack in the Box to get out of the rain for a bit and to get cleaned up. While there, I met two really nice people, Ty who works there, and Steve After talking for a while he told a customer about it and that guy looked me right in the face and said "you're not going to make it." just like that....Uh thanks!


Why are there fucktards like this in the world? What POSSIBLE difference could it make to this asswipe if Steve makes it or doesn't. Why would ANYONE be so petty and annoying to bascially spit on someone's resolve and dedication?

I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes!
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 5:59:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/12/2005 5:59:38 PM EDT by DoubleFeed]
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 6:01:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 6:03:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
I sure hope that guy plans a much longer time than 6 months. He's been at it since April and he's about 1/3rd of the way through AZ!




yeah, he needs to be putting in longer days.

Link Posted: 7/12/2005 6:10:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 6:14:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By avengeusa:
that would be fun, walking across the USA

i would really get into that



It'd be more entertaining to get a group of people and do it together ... good to have backup in case something happens.

Though I can definitly see the attraction of a good stretch of time alone.

Link Posted: 7/12/2005 6:19:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 7:37:41 PM EDT
Been two real good reads published. "A Walk Across America" by Peter Jenkins and "Walk West" by Peter & Barbara Jenkins, yeah he met his wife in his travels. Both paperback
Link Posted: 7/12/2005 7:42:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
I sure hope that guy plans a much longer time than 6 months. He's been at it since April and he's about 1/3rd of the way through AZ!



You guyes need to sotp feeding him. He'll hurry it up then. Patty

*ETA* Gunner1X do tell some of your stories of walking across America 50 times! Furtherest East I've been is Billings Montana.

Link Posted: 7/12/2005 8:35:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
I sure hope that guy plans a much longer time than 6 months. He's been at it since April and he's about 1/3rd of the way through AZ!




yeah, he needs to be putting in longer days.




Well, as he goes longer and longer he will be able to put in much longer days. I expect the first few weeks the best he put in was a few miles.
Link Posted: 7/13/2005 6:04:12 AM EDT
I hope this guy makes it. Kudos to him for taking on something so big.
Link Posted: 7/13/2005 6:23:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/13/2005 7:09:02 AM EDT
It sure makes me feel like a quiter , back about 3 months ago I switch to drinking only water and ran right under a mile every other night . I got out of my grove about a month ago and havnt got back into it since. I can tell it too , I was sleeping better and just felt good more then I do now. Hope the guy does alright , but he needs to pick up to pace , 10 miles aday . I best I figured I could have done a mile in 10 minutes 42 secs at my pace , my goal was around 8 minutes.
Link Posted: 7/13/2005 12:13:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 9:01:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2005 11:55:44 AM EDT by slidestop]
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 9:38:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By slidestop: I heard that it was 123 degrees in Needles today, and I am so glad he has passed the Mojave.


Damn, I wouldn't be surprised if the fat bastard keeled over dead walking in that heat.

Is he tent sleeping at night or just under the stars, maybe hotels?
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 10:27:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2005 10:28:23 AM EDT by Bellona]

Originally Posted By huggybro:
Saw this on the news. Gotta give the guy credit for trying. Personally I would have cycled.



My local paper ran a story a few weeks ago about a guy originally from Ohio now residing in CA who cycled to Ohio for a family member's wedding. Actually, he made it in a few days early and went to Pittsburgh before swinging back to the Cleveland area.

Walking or whatever, what amazing feats / feet
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 10:38:14 AM EDT
sounds like Fun !

Rock on
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 10:38:39 AM EDT
Forrest, is that you?
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 10:58:05 AM EDT
There's no "Ex" in that Marine, he's jarhead through and through.

Semper Fi brother.


Originally Posted By slidestop:
I look around to see if this topic was a dupe and couldn't find anything so here it is.

It's the story of an ExMarine walking across the United states from San Diego to NYC to lose weight and reclaim his life. Bookmark his site

Link Posted: 7/17/2005 11:35:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/17/2005 11:55:06 AM EDT by slidestop]
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 11:55:08 AM EDT
Walk Forrest walk!
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 11:58:16 AM EDT
I'd consider this, if I could travel armed.
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 12:02:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

After a couple of miles I stopped at a Jack in the Box to get out of the rain for a bit and to get cleaned up. While there, I met two really nice people, Ty who works there, and Steve After talking for a while he told a customer about it and that guy looked me right in the face and said "you're not going to make it." just like that....Uh thanks!


Why are there fucktards like this in the world? What POSSIBLE difference could it make to this asswipe if Steve makes it or doesn't. Why would ANYONE be so petty and annoying to bascially spit on someone's resolve and dedication?

I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes!

Look at the size of him I would have said the same thing
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 12:05:03 PM EDT
I foresee a very large meal/roadkill for the NewMexican coyotes.
Link Posted: 7/17/2005 12:08:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -Absolut-:

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

After a couple of miles I stopped at a Jack in the Box to get out of the rain for a bit and to get cleaned up. While there, I met two really nice people, Ty who works there, and Steve After talking for a while he told a customer about it and that guy looked me right in the face and said "you're not going to make it." just like that....Uh thanks!


Why are there fucktards like this in the world? What POSSIBLE difference could it make to this asswipe if Steve makes it or doesn't. Why would ANYONE be so petty and annoying to bascially spit on someone's resolve and dedication?

I knew it, I'm surrounded by assholes!

Look at the size of him I would have said the same thing




right to his face, having never met him?

Link Posted: 7/17/2005 12:13:46 PM EDT
seriously guys, what have you been doing to lose weight if you're overweight?

may he who is without lard throw the first stone
Link Posted: 7/18/2005 3:30:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/19/2005 3:46:11 PM EDT
hmmmm ...

7/15 - 7/31)

Arizona

7/17/05 - Steve got into Williams this morning. It took much longer than he had hoped and was more difficult than he expected, but he's there. Another 6% grade for about 10 miles, no resources on his side of the freeway, and a pack that only seems to increase in weight impedes progress and wears him down mentally. It's not a 3,300 mile survival trip. And he can hardly begin to make real progress given the current stresses. I am going to leave to be a support vehicle if we don't have an alternative this week. I will do my best to keep up regular updates while we are out there.




Link Posted: 7/22/2005 2:10:19 AM EDT
I get an error when I try to go to this guys site; did he finally give up?
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 4:32:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tc556guy:
I get an error when I try to go to this guys site; did he finally give up?



the page has been updated,

try just

www.thefatmanwalking.com/ instead of the link in the first post.

Link Posted: 7/22/2005 4:33:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/22/2005 4:34:05 AM EDT by Red_Beard]


latest update



7/19/05 - I don't really know where Steve is today, somewhere outside of Williams on his way to Flagstaff. I had no idea that AOL was going to be putting Steve's story on their site. As a result, I have another 1400 messages in my inbox. I was still trying to catch up on last week's messages, so I'm afraid this is going to take me a while. Please have patience, I will get to them as soon as I can. I have been off-line all day, so I didn't even know about it until late this evening . . . couldn't do any damage control. Well, when I hear from Steve, I will post his location and condition.

Link Posted: 7/22/2005 5:38:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
I wish I could afford to do something like that.

www.pe.com/imagesdaily/2005/04-23/fatman23a_216.jpg

...snip...



Food isn't all that expensive. There're fat people on welfare.
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 5:46:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
I did it back in '82. I still have bunions.



Back in '82, coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 5:55:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By injun-ear:

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
I wish I could afford to do something like that.

www.pe.com/imagesdaily/2005/04-23/fatman23a_216.jpg

...snip...



Food isn't all that expensive. There're fat people on welfare.




Already got that part handled. I meant take the time off from my job to months walking across the country.

Link Posted: 7/22/2005 6:06:13 AM EDT
Semper Fi, Once a Marine, Always a Marine! Rock on Steve, we're with you all the way



Link Posted: 7/23/2005 2:16:27 PM EDT
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