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Old 12-28-2010, 01:20 PM   #11
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Take the normal socks too for sure.
Your feet will swet a lot and you WILL get some type Of foot fungus if you’re in the same socks a lot or back and forth between dirty ones.

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I just want to know one thing. Why in the world would anyone want to go to Illinois?

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Cant imagine wanting to walk that far but here is a place for goggles that will fit over glasses

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Cant imagine wanting to walk that far but here is a place for goggles that will fit over glasses

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Old 12-28-2010, 03:01 PM   #15
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I just want to know one thing. Why in the world would anyone want to go to Illinois?
It's a walk to family.
I actually dislike Illinois...... to flat. I hate flat. -_-
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Just a thought, but check out some sites where people who have walked long distances talk about their journies. Something like the Apalacian Trail. You will find some helpful hints on what to take and how to handle long walks. I would stick close to highways, not interstates. You also want to make sure the knife you are taking is legal everywhere you go. Different states have laws regarding blade length and how you can carry the knife. You don't want a concealed weapons charge as you will probably encounter police especially if you are going to be walking through neighborhoods and knocking on stranger's doors.

I second the taking care of your feet. Maybe some walking shoes if you encounter dry conditions. Think about some sun block too. Not only for protection against sunburn but wind burn as well. I did not see gloves or mittons on your list.

Get maps and study them. Plan your trip so you will come close to State Parks, National Parks and campgrounds. The reason I say so is that not everyone is as friendly as they are in Portsmouth, and I would never let a stranger camp in my yard in a neighborhood. You might be able to find places, but you also might be spending too much time trying to find someone who will let you do so. Just thinking out loud.

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Google Earth is your friend. Do a LOT of planning beforehand- picking out waypoints, and whereever possible, picking and ARRANGING for a bivouac spot- knocking on doors at random, and asking to sleep in their yard is likely to get you a spot to sleep- but it may be hard to sleep with the other inmates making noise.

As far as equipment, heat tablets and a tin can stove weigh little, but permit things like instant oatmeal, hot chocolate, Ramen noodles, etc. Have done my share of long distance strolls, would not try the coconut/peanut butter thing. Would ad a keychain sized OC pepper spray. You will be on foot. Dogs.

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See if you can find a copy of "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon. I read it many years ago and enjoyed it very much. http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Highways-Journey-into-America/dp/0316353299

He drives across America, but it's a good account of cross country travel.

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i would suggest waiting till spring or summer... there is a reason armies dont historical campaign in the winter. caloric intake has to be MUCH greater to travel in winter to keep the body warm and do the work.

your going to have issues with tresspassing if your cutting across private property

take a cell phone, your gonna need it.

make sure you leave a detailed route with someone and check in frequently for position reports.

doing it in the winter. totally not smart.

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(They're wool, they should keep me warm even when wet. Besides, I only have two pair. I guess I could take some normal socks too.)

It doesn't matter if they keep you warm...if they are wet and you keep them on your feet while the boots rub your feet...you will get raw, wrinkly skin and possibly open sores...moisture does that

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