Yes, yes I have thought about this and yes I am crazy and will certain face many difficulties in making this goal a reality not the least of which committing ~ 9 months of my life, thousands in experiences, lots of muscle pains, giving up all the common day givens we all take for granted like running water, food, nice bed, clean clouting, and a whole lot more. I certainly have my worries and concerns as can be expected but short of God revealing a different plan for me between now and then. All the details are still in the works but I will likely be basing much of my route after the American Discovery Trail, since there is a trail that goes all the way across why not? I have started a separate blog all about my pretrip, during the trip and post trip experiences and information. Please check it out and spread the word. Krista Walks the Country.
Also if you are interested in helping me out check out some of the ways you can help!
One thing God continually reminds me of, is to never underestimate the POWER of prayer. I am going to be depending on prayer support throughout this journey, majorly. This is certainly not an easy task and I will not be taking this lightly. Yes, I am ecstatic about all I will see and experience along the way, but like life it is not all wonderful. I will be full of many ups and downs and many challenges I haven't had the foresight to see. Not to mention being away from friends and family for so long having rather limited human contact many times and only with strangers when I do. I would love prayer for the safety of the journey, financial support, for strength and determination to finish it, for God to use it as I know he will to teach and mold me further into the women he designed me to be, for loneliness, etc. But most importantly, I am seeking prayer for the spiritual impact and influence of my trip that God would use me and this trip in a whole different level among my friends and family as they here of my trip and experience the impact it makes in me and all those that I am able to meet on the trip. I know this trip is drawing a lot of attention and I have been getting all kinds of questions and interest and know the impact possibilities are limitless. I know God is calling to go on this trip, and it is very little to do with my own ambition. I think its cool and I am excited but it is far from something I would come up on my own as random and adventurous as I am, its still a little too risky and too much of a commitment for me to be totally comfortable with. But God wants me, so I am going, but please consider praying for me and for all those this trip will impact.
Second to Food the biggest need I anticipate is lodging, I have mapped it out and have many camping sites throughout nearly all the trip, but I would love an occasional break if you happen to live or know someone that lives somewhere near my route. I can get you estimate dates and keep you updated as best I can when I am getting closer. But if you are interested in, and able to host me for a night or know someone that might I would absolutely love that possibility. In addition I am looking for churches to attend along the trip, I am working on mapping them out, but if by chance you know of one I would greatly appreciate it.
I am new at this hiking more than ten mile thing and haven't had all that much experience camping before either, nor have I been in the vast majority of states I will be living in for the upcoming 9 or so months! I defiantly am eager to hear anything you know or any tips, tricks, pointers, suggestions you have. Also if you have any hiking supplies you aren't going to be using and think would be beneficial, I would love to be able to use them.
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Between now and when I start walking, I will be having a number of fundraisers that you can participate in. Also if you have other ideas I would love to hear them. Including but not limited too...
Love fires like me? I will be having a Bonfire asking $10 admission which will include games, fireworks, smores, glowsticks and more awesomeness at my house early summer 2013, date TBA for anyone that wants to come or support my efforts you can always donate more.
I am in the process of collecting years and years of "STUFF" much of it never used that has been sitting around in my room attic, basement, garages etc. I literally have everything from baby toys to dryers, televisions, game systems, electronics, clouting, furniture, organ, movies, books, you name it and prices will be unbeatable. So come out date is not set in stone yet will be early summer 2013 and there maybe a second one depending how things go.
Interested in helping with any of these events or have ideas for others? Let me know!!!! Thanks for reading.