Hiking the XL
I am currently hiking the 1,700 mile proposed Keystone XL route. I started in Denver, hitchhiked across the Canadian border, took a flight over the Tar Sands of Alberta, and commenced my walk in Hardisty, AB, the northern terminus of the soon-to-be pipeline.
Part I: Preparation
9/4/12: Packing my food boxes in Denver
9/7/12: I break my toe a week before my hike. Pack more stuff.
9/14/12: Goodbye dinner, more foot problems, and a drive-by
Part II: Hitchhiking to the Tar Sands, from Denver, CO to Fort McMurray, AB
9/17/12: I set off on my hitchike north to Canada
9/18/12: Cross the border into Canada!
9/22/12: I make it to the Tar Sands of Northern Alberta
9/24/12: I hitchhike back down to Hardisty, the northern terminus of the proposed Keystone XL
Part III: The Long Walk
9/27/12: I begin my hike in Hardisty. Experience early foot problems.
10/1/12: More foot problems as I travel south through Alberta
10/4/12: Finally get going, have an interesting bar experience upon crossing Alberta/Saskatchewan border
10/10/12: Down and out in Shaunavon, SK. Severe shin splint issue.
10/22/12: Ferocious winds and an interview with CBC News in Saskatchewan and Montana
10/30/12: A posse of paranoid Montanans surround my tent
11/6/12: I talk with landowners who resent the pipeline
11/12/12: I am hit by a winter storm, and hole-up in my tent for three straight days
11/18/12: I make my way down through South Dakota and reflect on the importance of the fight against the XL
11/27/12: It finally happens. I'm attacked by cows
11/28/12: Video diary, parts 1-10
12/1/12: I make it into Nebraska and broach the subject of climate change with landowners
12/3/12: I am on a quest to get to Albion for a big important hearing on the XL, but I get arrested and escorted out of town for supposedly breaking into a home and letting out a dog.
12/6/12: I do a radio interview with Dick Gordon.
12/8/12: A man known as the "ex-Governor of Nebraska" escorts me along the pipeline path for a day. And he gives me my first ever horse riding experience.
12/9/12: I talk with opponents of the Keystone XL at a meeting in Albion, Nebraska.
12/11/12: Rick Hammond, a Nebraska farmer, joins the expedition.
12/18/12: Rick, sore and weary, leaves the expedition.
12/22/12: I make it into Kansas.
12/25/12: On Christmas day, I write to a church I stayed at in Nebraska.
12/27/12: I speak with a county commissioner from Kansas who has plenty to say about TransCanada and the Keystone Pipeline.
12/29/12: It's Christmas in Kansas, and a small Labrador Retriever follows me for the whole day.
1/5/13: I make it into Oklahoma. Reflections on poverty and crazy dogs.
1/13/13: Mother Jones interviews me and does a video montage of my journey.
1/15/13: Unbelievably, I make it through Oklahoma alive.
1/20/13: I write an article about my hike for Salon.
1/25/13: More media. Huffington Post interviews me on their TV station.
1/28/13: A guy named Storms joins me on my hike, and we almost get arrested for trespassing. Plus, an interview with Texan Mike Bishop.
1/29/13: More footage from my video diary.
2/2/13: Three religious men surround me and try to save my soul. No snakes were harmed.
2/4/13: A book recommendation about climate change: Kerry Emmanuel's What We Know about Climate Change.
2/8/13: My final day: the long walk to Port Arthur, Texas.
My "How-to Walk across the Country" Series
1. How to map
2. How to organize food
3. How to pack and ship food
4. How to outfit yourself with gear