Jim Hopson is crossing the country, on foot, visiting small newspapers along the way.

Catching the Katy Through Missouri

It would take a mental patient to characterize walking 20 miles a day with a 50-pound backpack as fun, but the walk across Missouri was as close to fun as I have experienced on this trip across the U.S.

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Friday, Sep. 07, 2007

Delaware to Illinois: Reflections on the First Leg

I started walking across the U.S. on April 30, heading west from the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Del., and stopped July 29 when I was hauled off to the hospital in McLeansboro, Ill., about … Read more

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Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2007

Evansville, Ind., Can Be Anywhere, USA

Greetings from Evansville, Indiana. I am banging away at a computer in the lobby of an Econolodge, located on a busy highway that could be anywhere. The shops, the traffic, the sprawl make the outskirts of Evansville look exactly … Read more

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Friendly Folks and Healthy Papers

Greetings from New Albany, Indiana, just north of Louisville, Ky. I’m about a third of the way through Indiana. Easy-walking terrain and some creative modification of the American Discovery Trail route has contributed to solid progress this week.

Went to … Read more

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Friday, July 13, 2007

The fundamental goodwill of dogs

I’m writing from a hotel in Milford, Ohio, just outside Cincinnati.

Made excellent progress this week by staying on roads, and, as a bonus for avoiding the Buckeye Trail, passed through a bunch of sweet little Ohio towns. Bought a … Read more

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Back on the trail (and not getting off anytime soon)!

I have been slogging through southern Ohio for a while now. If it seems like I’ve been stuck here for an unreasonably long time, it’s because I have found every possible excuse to come home and avoid walking. Not surprisingly, … Read more

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Reflections: Buckeye Trail=bad, Logan Daily News=good

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim sent this post several days ago, but due to some technical difficulties, we’re putting it up a little late. Do not fear, though, he’s still out on the trail. Stay tuned for more.… Read more


Made it to Logan,
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Saturday, June 23, 2007

NEW

Back on the trail tomorrow, to resume the Buckeye Trail through Ohio, with high hopes and lots of energy.

I am rested, fattened up (ice cream for breakfast is a wonderful thing!), and ready to lug my pack up and … Read more

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Home for a quick break.

I’m writing from my home office in Granville, Ohio. Off the trail for a few days to attend to family business and get some food and rest. While I’m here I’ll have a  chance to do some phone interviews with … Read more

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Across the Ohio River Tomorrow!

I finally found the most lovable part of West Virginia — because it’s level and there are no hills!  Trains can’t go up and down hills easily, so the former railroad beds I walked on were flat.  

On Tuesday … Read more

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