Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

There is less than 1000 miles left in the walk and to be quite honest, it's a bit nerve wrecking. I've had multiple people ask me what I plan to do, or who I intend to talk with when I reach Washington DC. Numerous ideas have floated in and out, but as of right now nothing is set in stone. I do like the idea of ending the walk at the Iraq/Afghanistan memorial with my anticipated date of arrival being November 11th. That gives me the next two months to figure out some more of the details. I am open to suggestion if anyone has an idea or someone I should get in contact with. 
For the next couple days I will be continuing on highway 6. The shoulder has widened out a bit between Newton and Grinnell, but not by much. 
I'm hoping this weather allows me to cover the distance needed between here and Iowa city in a relatively short time. 
Thank You too all the road angels who have stopped and supported me these past couple days. 
A special thank you to Cameron and Dakota for what can only be called true kindness. I'm glad I was able to meet you two and see parts of Iowa I would have missed had we not spoken. 
I was especially thankful for being able to see "The Freedom Rock" in Menlo IA. Artist Ray Sorensen has captured the struggle many veterans are facing today with an iconic image that resonated with me very deeply. I look forward to seeing his continued work every year. 
Thank you again for reading and if you would like to donate to the walk please visit crowdrise.com/natewalks 

See you on the road. 

















Thursday, September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014

Quick update:

I left Council Bluffs on Tuesday, traveling east on highway 6. I had numerous people tell me Iowa would be very flat, but that road was one hill after another. Needless to say, the first day back walking after that long break was killer. 
I made it to Oakland Iowa and camped out at the park.
Wednesday was a bit better, primarily due to cloud coverage and wind keeping me somewhat cool. Again, the day was humid and full of hills. I ended my day in Atlantic Iowa, which is the Coca cola Capitol of Iowa. 
One thing I wish I'd known before choosing this route was the lack of highway shoulder. For the most part there was always less than three feet of space and it's unpaved. I would not recommend this road at all to anyone cycling or walking. 
On a positive note, numerous people have come out to show their support by bringing me waters, gatorades, and even some fruit. Thank You all so very much. 
If this is your first time on the site, I hope you continue reading as to get a better idea of what this walk is for. My primary goal is to raise awareness for veterans with behavioral health issues, as well as homeless veterans. 
I should be updating in a couple days as I  go through Adair, Stuart, and into Des Moines. 
Thanks again for reading. 

And a special Happy Birthday to my Dad.
47 years young. Love you pops. 











 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014

Well it has been a long time since I've last updated, and for that I apologize. Seems we last left when I was on my way out of Grand Island, NE.

I traveled along highway 34, continuing east through Aurora and on to Seward. Upon arrival, I stayed with my longtime friends Brian and Julia Foersch, and their two children Layla and Dylan. 

To my surprise, my friend Kieran McGuirk had flown in from Miami Florida, and was also going to be staying for a couple of days. It was incredibly awesome to see the gang again, and catch up on what has happened to us in the past year. 

On Wednesday the 20th, we took a trip up to Columbus NE to visit our friends Brett and Kim Fluckiger at his family farm. The day consisted of shooting guns, playing horseshoes, and of course drinking beer. 
It had been two years since we'd gotten out of the Marines, yet the saying rings true about the brotherhood of the Corps, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine". The rest of the week was spent relaxing and meeting the neighbors around Brian's house.

I even participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by my sister.

Ice Bucket Challenge.


On Monday Aug 25th, the Foersch family were flying out to San Diego from the Omaha airport. I decided to ride with them into the city since my friends Joel and Alicia Lavelle live at the Offutt, Air Force base. 
It was sad to say goodbye to the Foersch's, but I knew I needed to continue on the walk, and they were in need of California vacation. 

Walking through downtown Omaha was quite an experience. Of course I had secretly hoped of running into Conor Oberst, but knew that was highly unlikely. I did happen to meet a couple of nice folks along the way, including the incredible Jim and Kate Bygrave, who let me stay the night at their place after hearing about the cause and message I was trying to spread.

Tuesday I met with Alicia, Joel, and their 11 month old baby boy Eion. Though Alicia and I had not seen each other since her family moved out to Omaha in 2004 from California, it felt as if no time had passed. 
Wednesday night we visited Joel parents in South Omaha for dinner. To see how happy they were when playing with baby Eion was an incredible sight. There was so much love in the house, and perhaps a bit of rivalry when we played a game of Phase 10 Twist.

Despite the past couple days of rain, we managed to visit the Omaha Zoo and Aquarium for a couple of hours today. The forecast predicts rain until Saturday the 30th, at which time I plan to get back on the road, and make my way through Iowa. 

Also, I'd like to take this time to share my Aunt Therese's Blog that will keep you updated as she begins treatment to combat her recent breast cancer diagnosis. She has always been a strong supporter of me, and I know you will get a kick out of her wit and positive outlook on things as she kicks cancers ass.

A Day In The Life of Therese.

I had mentioned in a previous update, but never got around to posting the news article from 

Again, I would like to give a huge Thank You to everyone who has supported me along this walk. I truly could not have made it this far without you by my side; in mind, body, and spirit. 
For those of you who would like to help me continue my walk, you can donate at 

Thanks again, and hope to see you all on the road.

North Platte River

Farmland

Downtown Omaha Park

Fountain Downtown Omaha

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 16, 2014

Ths past week has been pretty awesome. After being on highway 30 since Sutherland, I arrived in Grand Island which means I'll be back on the 34. From here I'll be continuing east, through York, and on to Seward. 
Huge thank you to everyone who has stopped and shown their support, through donations, prayers, and kind words. 
And I finally had to part ways with the pair of brooks shoes I've had since Phoenix AZ. 
See you on the road. 









Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014

Quick update. 

I've made it to Cozad, NE
I'll be continuing east on highway 30, through Lexington and Kearney. 
For those who have seen the sign and are curious as to what the walk is for, it's to bring awareness to homeless Veterans and Veterans with behavioral health issues (Post Traumatic Stress, Depression). 
Thank you for reading, and your continued support. 
See you on the road. 












Thursday, August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

I've made it to Nebraska. 


After leaving Holyoke CO, I took highway 23 towards Grant. Along the way I received support from quite a few road angels. Thank you to Deputy Sheriff Griffin for the shoes. I'll be putting them to good use. In Grant I ate at 310 American grill courtesy of the Bishops, and met some great people who were curious about the walk and how they could help out. 
From Grant I made my way to Wallace. Some of the guys from Sisco fertilizer came out with water and snacks, and told me to stop by the shop to take a break. 


Once in Wallace, I stayed at the Wallace hotel, and ate a really good bacon double cheese burger at T's bar and grill. 
I'll be heading towards North Platte, then taking highway 30 east. Hope to see you on the road.