Welcome to this preliminary site for my ongoing walk across the American West, following on my walk across Europe in 2011 (http://walkacrosseurope.wordpress.com/).
I’m currently walking from Seattle to El Paso, exploring transportation and communication development at the local level. I’m interested in how the United States is logistically tied together, and how different transportation and communication technologies affect our sense of place. Because I’ve found that walking provides a valuable ground-level perspective on these issues, I’m exploring the West’s transit landscape on foot – through mud, through hail, over mountains, and across shimmering deserts. The journey will cover more than two thousand miles and carry me from summer to winter. Along the way, I’m recording material for a Kickstarter-funded video documentary that will combine my own traveling experiences with stories from Western transit history and conversations with residents of the West who help to move people, goods, and messages across the region – from horsepackers and television broadcasters to airport developers and telephone technicians.
In the process, this website will periodically get a little dusty as I hammer it into shape, and as the West hammers me out of shape; but I hope you’ll bear with me till things finally settle down for the winter.