ROUTE

I came up with so many hypothetical route maps for this journey, both before setting out and along the way, that it felt strange at first to see how things actually turned out:

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The journey amounted to just over 4,000 miles / 6,440 km, over a total of 214 days, including days at rest.

In overview, the route was: from Seattle over the Cascades at Snoqualmie Pass, down the Yakima Valley to the confluence with the Columbia and the Snake Rivers at the Tri Cities; through Walla Walla and over the Blue Mountains into northeastern Oregon, and around the southern flanks of the Wallowa Mountains to Hells Canyon; through the range country of western Idaho, around the north end of the Sawtooth Mountains to Ketchum and Sun Valley, down the west front of the Lost River Range, and across the Snake River Plain to the Tetons; down Star Valley in western Wyoming, over the mountains to Cache Valley in Utah, down the Wasatch front to Salt Lake City and Provo, and from there via Green River to Moab; around the south side of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, through Cortez and Durango, into New Mexico and across the Continental Divide, and down the valley of the Rio Grande to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and El Paso; back north via Alamogordo, the Sacramento Mountains, and Carlsbad; around the south side of the Permian Basin, through the Pecos River country, and across the central hills of Texas to Austin; and finally, through the increasingly swampy woods of rural East Texas and Louisiana to the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, with a finishing sprint to New Orleans.  An unorthodox, Western walk across America.