Ben Davis is not the first person attempting to walk across the United States. A number of people – men and women from all walks of life (ha!) – Have made the trip. Most walkers background and brokers do to raise money or awareness a cause. Nonagenarian Navy veteran Ernie Andrus is running through the US to raise money in memory of a warship used by the armies of the United States, and Greek. Luis Miguel Figueroa was 16 when he ran into the US in 1982 to raise money for his friend, who was dying of bone cancer. Polly Letofsky crossed the US (And possibly the world) to raise funds for breast cancer research. So what is the cause of Davis? The 30-year-old is walking to avoid a life of repentance.
Davis uses Google Maps to plot your route on foot through the EE .S. (Photo: Ben Does Life / Tumblr)
That may not sound like the highest of goals, but hear me out. Yes, a lot of great causes need our support. But what if your cause is just living life to the fullest and inspire others to do the same? I would say it has a lot of merit.
The important thing to note is that Ben Davis was not seeking approval when he decided to set out on his journey. He was going through a difficult time in life caused by a recent breakup, weight gain and the overall lack of direction when he found the idea of walking all over the country now.
Davis recently reached the point his adventure halfway after walking 1,600 miles, landing just outside Kansas City. To mark the occasion, participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit where, as you can imagine, the number one question asked he was … w h? Here is his answer:
“The adventure I was in a place in life where I had the freedom to do and once I had the idea, I realized I did not want to finish at 80 years old. wishing that she had. the prospect of grief prompted me to investigate and start planning. I am very glad I did. it was the time of my life, really. “
a freelance writer, Davis He is documenting his adventure in Instagram and keep meticulous notes hoping to turn this story into the book number two. (His first book, “Do Life: The creator of #My 120 lbs Travel # shows how to run better, go further, and find happiness,” she got praise from the likes of marathoner Kara Goucher and editor of Runner’s World David Wiley.)
Davis planned his trip through Google Maps on foot to find the shortest route between lA and Boston. But not in a hurry. Along the way you are taking a long time to talk to strangers, see new places and just watch the ripple of wind through the grass.
Here’s a video compilation walk from Davis through Kansas
to learn more about the journey of Davis, including your budget, what you eat on the road, what scares you most, and how they regrouped after losing its portfolio (including identification, credit cards and all your cash), check out the AMA. And to see how the story progresses, follows @bendoeslife in Instagram . Here are some of his best moments so far: