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2013-2014 Pre-Walk Article
Gary 'Walkingman' Hause

Walkingman's 2013-14 walk across Arizona, Ecuador and Peru.10-28-13 to 3-28-14

Howdy from Gary "Walkingman" Hause. Just finished up working the summer at the Marriott Courtyard at Page, Arizona, and ready for my next big walk. Leaving Page, Arizona October 28th 2013 and walking south for Phoenix. Just going to amble along and enjoy myself, no hurry, no worries, as the Australians say. Will probably do a loop around southern Arizona to Phoenix, and then fly to Cuenca, Ecuador on 12-28-13 to continue my walk through South America. I stopped my journey across Ecuador after I ran into some problems 5 or 6 years ago. You can read about it under the South America heading on my website. Will take a break for Thanksgiving to spend time with family, then another break for Christmas to go back to Page Arizona and spend it with family. Hoping to walk all the way to Lima Peru on this trip. Looks like about 1400 miles on the mountain route. The coast route is shorter but goes through mostly desert with long stretches of no towns. So about 90 days at 15 mpd. Also need to look into how I take my IPhone with me. Anybody know if it is best to set up a plan when I get there or beforehand with my phone company here? Feel free to email me with advice or tips if you have traveled this route.

Started a Facebook page just last year. I have a smart phone with camera now that I can post photos on my Facebook page with. So I think I will continue writing a 2 or 3 page article and emailing it out to all my email friends and posting it on my website every 2 or 3 weeks. Also I will take photos every day when I see something interesting and post it on my Facebook page with a short note. So feel free to check out my Facebook page and friend me, gary walkingman hause, page arizona. Will have to see how my service plan is and how often I will be able to send updates to Facebook and my website.

So far I have walked about 25,467 miles across the USA, Europe, UK, Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. I have about 14,000 more miles to walk across Asia, Africa, and South America to break the Guinness Book World Record of 38,000 miles for walking around the world, set by Arthur Blessit (www.blessitt.com). Although they no longer list his world walking record in their book every year, they skipped 5 years, then put it in the 2007 edition with a photo of him dragging his cross. Plus he is still walking about one month a year dragging a big wooden cross and preaching about Jesus and adding to his total. So I might have a hard time catching up with him and passing him till he quits walking. There is also several other people walking the world that have websites that I will include in a later article.

I will be working till October 27th 2013 in Page, Arizona if anyone wants me to give a free talk about my world walk to any local schools or groups. I always try to encourage students to turn off the TV or computer and get outside and walk or bike and have a real adventure. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .You can also email me if I will be passing by your area on my walk and you want me to stop by for a visit or to give a talk to your local school or club. I have given talks at the local schools and have been interviewed at the local radio station here in Page, Arizona many times.

Every night right after sunset I pitch my tent just off the road and get a good nights sleep. Up one hour before sunrise every morning, I cook up a single pot of oatmeal, with 2 eggs, instant coffee, sugar and sometimes chocolate stirred in, while lying in my sleeping bag. Then I break camp and start walking just about as the sun rises. Usually I average about 15 to 20 miles a day, stopping to shop for food, take rest breaks, talk to locals, go swimming, and enjoy observing the local plants, animals, and people.

Lots of nice people stop to talk and ask me what I am doing. People are always giving me food, drink, advice, and sometimes invite me into their home for a home cooked meal, hot shower, and to stay over. Always makes me appreciate my favorite things in life, a hot shower, home cooked meal, and friendly people. I usually eat about 4000 to 5000 calories a day(about $5 to $8 a day) to keep me going. Yogurt, oatmeal, sugar (for my oats, coffee, and sun tea), eggs, apples, V-8, bananas, oranges, cookies, dates, raisins, and lots of sun tea. You can view a detailed breakdown of my diet with cost , calories, and food type on my website at www.walkingman.com under the dining page. I push a three-wheel baby stroller made by Runabout Stollers in Aloha Oregon (www.bergdesign.net), loaded with all my gear. I emailed the company about buying a new stroller and after finding out that I had been using one of their strollers the last 10 years to walk around the world they gave me a free stoller. Tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, computer, and radio, usually about 60 to 85 pounds. The wheels that came with the stroller were a little to narrow for going off road, they tended to sink into the sand when I go offroad to camp every night. So Vance Swartz at Lakeside bikes here in Page helped me convert from 20 by 1 inch to 24 by 2.25 wheels for the back and from 16 by 1 inch to 20 by 1.75 for the front wheel. Vance also does tours of the local slot canyons and has lots of great photos of the Lake Powell area on his website at www.hummeradventures.net . With my Gore-Tex suit and wool pants and sweater on, I can walk through any cold weather. Also using Udderly Smooth Udder Cream on my feet to keep them blister free. Wal-mart sells it in their pharmacy dept. I have Teva walking sandals with me, running shoes, and Hi Tec hiking boots with me this year. I also got some free sun protection shirts, hats and pants from a great company in Australia . I think their website is www.sunprotection.com.au I write a article every three weeks about my journey on my iPad computer and post it with photos on my website at www.walkingman.org. I have a iPhone 5 smartphone with camera, so I should be able to post more recent photos on my new Facebook page. Also have a few new Walkingman comic strips about my walk drawn by Micheal Treat on my website. You can also see an ABC News video and a YouTube video with me walking and answering questions. My webmaster Mike Kreidel has a real cool flash movie with photos of people I met and the song Walk 500 Miles by the Proclaimers. My webmaster is also redoing my website with new software so I can post my own journal and photos with my new computer and camera as I travel. I have been emailing my articles to him and having him post them.

Lots of people ask me why I am walking around the world. I tell them I am doing it for fun, adventure, exercise, and a cheap way to see the world. Every day I get to see the sun rise and set, meet lots of nice people, get lots of good exercise, and something unusual happens to me everyday. You never know what’s going to happen, whom you will meet, or what the weather will be like. It always reminds me of reading my favorite books like "The Hobbit"by JRR Tolkien, "Walk Across America" by Peter Jenkins, "Siddharta" by Herman Hesse, "Illusions" by Richard Bach. You never know what kind of adventure you will have, what you will learn, who you will meet, or how your life will be changed. . Always nice to lay down in my tent after a full day of walking, watch the moon and stars, and think about what happened over the course of the day, and eat a hot filling meal of ramen noodles and eggs. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or from my website at www.walkingman.org. If you have any questions or comments about my walk. I always enjoy hearing from anybody that is interested in my world walk and always take the time to answer all emails as soon as I can. I might take a while to answer as it will be a long way between towns with Wi-Fi reception for my computer, but be patient and I will answer all emails. Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary Walkingman Hause.

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