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DAY 205 - Toms Final Day Walking Across America

DAY 205 - Toms Final Day Walking across America (*Note from Joel the Editor/Producer of MWL podcast. Tom and I have decided to jump the podcast to the final day to tie a bow on this leg of the podcast. Due to my crazy day job of being a tv/film editor which has it's own demanding schedule, the additional time necessary to keep up on it is difficult and Tom is ready for the podcast to continue on albeit with more updated content. I agree with this and am very excited to see what Tom does...


EP 25 - Déjà vu Yawns

Days 69-72. Coincidences or Convergences? Day light savings. Rain gear coming out. Two motorcyclists. Regretting saying no to a beer. Gotta work on changing the no default. Hand warmers. Mid life crisis? Left foot injuries and coffee with new friends. Naked hot springs and memories of Alaskan Bears & Police.


EP 24 - Drunk Monkey on a Hot Plate

Days 67-68. Tom is dealing with the stillness of days off and discusses the miles ahead. Will Tom be able to go the next 120 miles without the police hassling him? Tom discusses managing personal relationships, loneliness, social media, and being present while on the road. Also, license plates. *Additional Message from Joel (Tom's brother/MWL editor) - As you may or may not know Tom finished his Walk Across America yesterday! I am aware of how behind I am on this podcast but I am...


EP 23 - Lucidity and that AWW YEAHH Moment

Day 66. Senior discounts, trash on the side of the road, and lucid thoughts are discussed as Tom continues on through to Lordsburg, New Mexico.


EP 22 - History Book Pizza

Days 62-65. Tom walks faster and farther when he is in a funk but fortunately as he heads towards the New Mexico border good things are happening. Tom encounters crowing morning roosters, barking dogs in backyards, and pizza toting bicyclists full of conversation of all sorts.


EP 21 - Apache Generosity

Day 61. Tom is walking through the Apache Native Reservation. He first meets Mike and Yasmina who buy Tom lunch and discuss the presence of the Mexican cartel. Next, Tom meets Eldot who offers some advice. Later, Tom comes across Curtis, former professional Bull Rider, who provides some supplies, stories of his family, and tells Tom he will be included in his prayers. After a long day of meeting very generous folks, Tom camps near a trash dump and falls asleep to the sound of the Pima...


EP 20 - Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom of Night

Day 58. It's raining and Little Buddy is frozen solid. Tom "collects" safety equipment to decorate LB and make himself more visible on the road. Tom discusses about how luxurious items make him stay up too late before getting pulled over by Police for allegedly "walking in the middle of the road" right before the weather turns from bad to worse.


EP 19 - Uncle Yogi

Days 55-57. Tom approaches a daunting part of the trail and asks the road for guidance. Tom talks about meeting up with his sister Kim and her husband Chris at their SCA event called Estrella War in Queen Creek, AZ. After the event, Tom gets to spend some time with his nephews and explains the origin of their nickname for him, "Uncle Yogi".


EP 18 - The Generous Lion

Days 53-54. We meet the bantering bicyclists Tom (age 71) and Dennis (age 77) at The Crosscut Canal. Tom learns a lesson about generosity from Lion the Rastafarian. Tom Wishes David farewell as he leaves Mesa, AZ. Tom meets up with his Sister Kim and her Husband Chris to join them for WAR. Tom is listening to some tunes on the trail and discusses his music choices.


EP 17 - Chapter One, Done

Days 49-52. Tom meets some excited locals in Wickenburg, AZ before being mistaken as a "shopping cart guy" by Anthony and his dog 'Troubles', the ambassador of the park. Later on Tom recalls when a truck played chicken with him. Tom meets Chad while hiking a Canal Trail that brings him into Phoenix, AZ, thus concluding Chapter 1 of his journey.


EP 16 - Positive Exchanges and Possible Snakes

Days 46-48. Tom preps dinner and chats about his day. He wonders about the possibility of coyotes running off with his shoes (thanks Kent!). Tom wakes up scratchy and has a middle of the night chat with us to try and distract himself. We hear about Leo with the cane, the $20 donation from an unlikely source, and the stories of two other 'crosser' cyclists (Bart from Holland & Abby from Alaska) that crossed paths with Tom. Lastly we hear about Tom's encounter with a dangerous 'bush" snake.


EP 15 - Back To The Trail

Days 43-45. Tom is back on the trail! He's getting used to walking with Little Buddy and discusses the pros and cons of walking with his new cart. Tom's girlfriend Katie gives him a Valentine's Day assignment. Tom discusses the importance of human interaction and solitude before writing (and singing) a new song.


EP 14 - Home (For Now)

Days 28-32. Tom arrives home in North Carolina to recover. He discusses PT's, the VA, MRI's, as well as the anxiety of being back home so soon after leaving. Lastly, Tom shares a story about being asked if he has his red potato. Editors Note – Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom’s story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.


EP 13 - Pressing Pause

Days 25-27. As Tom hits the trail again after his short break in Blythe, he is getting used to the advantages and challenges of walking with 'Little Buddy'. Tom crosses into Arizona but still is having foot pain as he debates heading home to fully recover before heading back to the trail. Editors Note – Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom’s story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.


EP 12 - The Defining Day

Keep Walking? Stay in Blythe? Recover in Phoenix, AZ? or perhaps back home? Tom considers his options before taking a test walk to see how his foot is feeling. Also, Tom shares an audio recording he received from an old friend. Editors Note - Tom ran into some technical issues with his recorder. Lots of crackly pops have been cleaned out, but to preserve Tom's story, a few remain. Thanks for your patience.


EP 11 - Little Buddy

Days 16-21 bring Tom from Blythe, CA to Katie's father's house in Phoenix, AZ so that Tom can begin recovery on his busted up foot. Tom accomplishes some chores, tries a few different recovery techniques, and picks up a "little buddy" to help him along the way.


EP 10 - Desert Burned

Days 14 and 15 bring Tom into Blythe, CA through an Apocalyptic landscape and Greasy Spoon Diners. He battles a strong pain in his foot with ice baths, hot spas, and a professional consultation with old friend and colleague Lino Cedros as Tom determines what his next steps will be for the days and weeks ahead.


EP 09 - Back to the 10 Freeway

On Day 13, after leaving the Bradshaw Trail, Tom reflects on the value of those around him. Tom talks about the Red Cloud exit his brother Joel meets him at off of the 10 freeway to bring him some water, beans and tortillas. Joel brings him to Wiley's well and Tom hits the road eastward towards Blythe, CA.


EP 08 - The Bradshaw Trail

Days 11 and 12 take Tom to The Bradshaw Trail.


EP 07 - Pink Glow, Dead Sea

The heat is rising in the desert, especially when you are wearing a backpack. Tom explains why he needs to eat more pizza and also how he acquired a biker's buff at a roadside gas station. Tom concludes Day 10 at his campsite beside the Salton Sea, while discussing a few of the other interactions of the day.