My Walking Life
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.
EP 06 - What Would Helga Do?
After a day off, Tom is making great time on Day 09. Tom discusses the books that he read in preparation for his walk. One of which entitled, "Cold Spirit" is about the 1896 cross country walk of Helga Estby. After a quick musical break of inspiration, Tom asks if you can guess the top 3 items found on the California roadside?
EP 05 - Keep Chopping Wood
Days 6 and 7 bring Tom to the Morongo Indian Reservation (well, almost). He discusses his restless first night of camping, the struggle with distracted drivers hurling down the desert roads, as well as how making a Dutch friend in an Irish hostel 16 years ago lead to meeting an Angel in Palm Springs, CA.
EP 04 - Good Food, Good Shoes, and Motivational Trains
Tom enters the desert while discussing Days 04 and 05 on the trail. He discusses creature comforts and wonders if using a hotel makes him soft while wondering if he'll find a place to camp tonight. He discusses recording The Pace the Nation Podcast as well as preparing for his upcoming route where he will be going 18 miles without water or food services. The first of many serviceless stretches. Tom finds Sergio's fruit stand before being motivated over the 100 mile mark by some slow and...
EP 03 - The Gift From Art
Tom reflects on days 2 and 3 while discussing goodbyes, folks that think he is crazy, and the importance of pacing and how music plays a role in walking tempo. Additionally Tom describes the unexpected gift received from a man named Art.
EP 02 - Day One
Tom talks about Day One of his journey. From the Santa Monica sendoff with friends and family, through Hollywood and onto Glendale. The walk across America has begun!