It’s hard to believe it has been eight(!) years since my 2006 Walk across Massachusetts. Much has happened during that time – America elected its first African-American president, recognized the rights for same sex couples to marry, and extended health insurance to all. America hunted down Osama Bin Laden, left Afghanistan and Iraq, and went back to Iraq. We’ve suffered natural disasters in New York, Alabama, and Missouri; we’ve suffered a man-made disaster in the Gulf Coast. The world has seen one of its worst nuclear accidents in Fukushima (the prefecture in which I used to teach when I lived in Japan 2002-2004). We’ve seen the worst of humanity in the barbarism committed in the name of religion; but we’ve also seen the best of humanity when a person jumped from the edge of space and landed safely on our planet.
In the last eight years, I walked across America, changed careers from teaching to I.T., and earned an invitation to meet the President of the United States. Somehow I turned from 30 to my late 30’s. I’ve watched my friends get married, buy homes, and have children. I’ve found a girl who loves me and I realize I’m probably on that road myself.
But first, another road is calling me, and this one leads across Massachusetts. On Monday, October 6th I’ll set out from Williamstown, in the northwest corner of the state, and walk 250 miles until I reach the Long Point Light House in Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. Once again I’ll carry a blank journal with me and ask people I meet along the way to write their own personal messages for our-soon-to-be elected governor of Massachusetts. This is an independent, non-partisan project; I don’t edit, filter or censor the messages. I let people write whatever they feel is important. Our current governor, Deval Patrick, has offered his support in getting these messages to the governor-elect after November.
This is my fourth such walk, the others being the first Walk across Massachusetts in October 2006; a Walk across America in 2008; and a Walk from Boston to the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama in 2011.
I’ll be posting updates here frequently and you can find me on Twitter at @WalkAmerica2008. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to meeting new people, re-connecting with old friends, and seeing different parts of our great state. Thanks for reading and thanks for all your support. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite bands: “The new road is an old friend.”