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Welcome to the Walking the States website!

Only here can you follow the travels of Stuart Hamilton and Dave Toolan (us) as we attempt to cross the USA on foot. In 2006 we walked 2000 miles from Lewes in Delaware to Kansas City in Missouri. Now, starting in May 2007, we will rejoin the American Discovery Trail in Kansas City and trek west to Point Reyes in California - a distance of over 3000 miles.

Dave and Stu

You can find out more about why we are doing this in the Concept , FAQ and Project sections of the website, and you will be able to follow all of our preparations (and eventually our journey itself) in the regularly updated Journal section. Once the walk starts you will be able to see exactly where we are with the help of the (now working!) Route page and you can bring the whole funky scene to life by checking out the Gallery . If you want to praise us or insult us you can leave a message in the Guestbook , or if you want to indulge in a longer dialogue you can email either of us through the details in the Contact section.

HELP

Before we leave for the second leg we would like to draw attention to the fact that we need help. Of course, the fact that we are intending to walk across the USA makes this obvious, but in addition to counselling we need real practical help. At the end of the journey in 2006 Stuart was diagnosed with testicular cancer – which was a pain. Since then he’s recovered and been put on a surveillance program. This means that he has to get monthly blood tests and bi-monthly chest x-rays done during the next stage of the walk in the US. Extremely kind donors have generously provided funds to cover his blood tests but Stuart still needs to raise money – about $1000 or £5000 – to cover the costs of three chest x-rays. If anyone would like to support Stuart’s walk by donating towards the costs of these tests please email him and he will promise to try to write amusing stuff in the months ahead (and keep an eye on his health).

If you can help with the medical costs you can rest assured that you are contributing to a greater cause. Stuart and Dave raised money for the British Heart Foundation during the first phase of their walk and now they will be raising money for the Association for International Cancer Research . This noble organisation raises money for cancer research on both sides of the Atlantic and, because cancer will affect one in three of us during our lifetimes, it is a great cause to support. For more information on helping us raise money by sponsoring us, please visit the Sponsors link on the left hand side. Go on, you know you want to…

So that's about it for an introduction. Come on in, take a look around! Please sign the Guestbook– many important people have already done so and we hope you will follow in their (groundbreaking and fundraising) footsteps. Please revisit regularly, as there will inevitably be much foolishness to read about...

PS: None of this would have been possible without the very generous help of our equipment sponsors below – Many many thanks to you all!

 

Lifesystems

Garmin

salomon

Fitness Travel Gear

Craft USA Therm-A-Rest Platypus MSR Thorlos

 

Craft USA Therm-A-Rest Platypus MSR Thorlos

E-mail: stu@walkingthestates.com and dave@walkingthestates.com | Phone: (00 1) 202 – 213 – 8528