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The walk in a nutshell.  Featuring “Whippoorwill” by Darlingside.  For more on the band, see http://www.darlingside.com/.  They’re trans-continental, globe-trotting adventurers in their own right, currently based in Boston.  The song is from their 2014 release Woodstock.

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The clips below cover the walk from start to finish in segments organized around the interviews, sometimes including archival footage related to the places or systems in question.

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I begin my journey by speaking with Burr Stewart about air travel in Seattle.

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Interview with Jim Toomey and Ron Foraker, heads of the Port of Pasco and the Tri-Cities Airport, during my long shakedown run across central Washington.  Archival footage: Wings Over Hanford from the Prelinger Archives, along with The Atom and You and Five Decades of Hanford Plutonium Production from the US Department of Energy.

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Interview with telephone technician Mark Wing on the way across Oregon into Idaho.  Includes historical footage from the Prelinger Archives (Long Distance and Of Many Voices) and a note on John Barry.

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Interview with Deb Bitton of Mystic Saddle Ranch in Stanley, Idaho.

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From Stanley to Darlington via the Lost River Range.

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Interviews with Idaho Falls TV weatherman Steve Cannon and Rigby museum curator Glena Smith following a windy crossing of the Snake River Plain.

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Over the Rockies to Salt Lake City.  Along the way, I hike into the Tetons, visit a historic railway station, and face worsening equipment, weather, and relationship problems.

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A conversation about railroads with Dan Harbeke and John Haering of Union Pacific in Salt Lake City.

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Interviews with Thompson highway maintenance manager AJ Rogers and Moab economic development specialist Ken Davey, in a brief halcyon spell on the Colorado Plateau in eastern Utah.  It also seemed like a reasonable place to sing a duet with a geologist.  Includes historical footage from the Prelinger Archives (Gold!, Copper Mining and Smelting, and Desert Empire).

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From Moab to Cortez, Colorado, through a winter storm on the edge of the Colorado Plateau.

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Interview with Tom Yoder of KSJD Radio in Cortez.

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A conversation about the outskirts of the Internet with Jeff Gavlinski of Durango, Colorado.

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A conversation with postman Aaron Vigil on the run over the continental divide into New Mexico.  Includes footage from Freedom Highway and Mailman (Prelinger Archives).

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Interview with air ambulance crew Tyler Wilkins and Fred Ruebush in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, after several days in the desert.  Includes home movie footage from the Prelinger Archives.

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From Truth or Consequences to El Paso through New Mexico’s chile country.

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Interview with Eugene Wyatt in El Paso, Texas.

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Interview with Dr. Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri and Curtis Smith of the University of Texas El Paso about border migration and homelessness issues.

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From El Paso to Pecos via southeastern New Mexico.

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Out of the West Texas desert toward the Gulf Coast – the end of the road.