My route is planned, more or less, but I know it can/will change regularly. This I learned from every walker I’ve read about and talked to. The idea is to have a general route that has flexibility. Weather patterns and desirable terrain will play the predominant role in the decision making and route changing along the road. My route will begin at Lewes Beach in Delaware – the beginning of the American Discovery Trail. I will head west through Knoxville, Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cheyenne and Winnemucca, NV. At that point I’ll take a sharp left and head south through the edge of Nevada and enter California on the eastern edge of Yosemite. I’ll continue south into the LA basin and finish up at the Newport Pier. Here’s a shot of the route as of today. Know that this will probably change a hundred times along the way – that’s just part of the deal. I’m still plotting weather patterns so stay tuned for updates.
Why this route?
I’m using a route planner that has allowed me to explore over 20 different scenarios. Weather and terrain were the biggest reasons I chose this route. There is NO WAY to avoid bad weather and there is NO WAY to avoid mountains and desert. This route made sense to me.