(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. (Source: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/)
15 February – 17 March 2020.
Missouri (15-24 FEB), Illinois (24-29 FEB), Indiana (1-7 MAR), Ohio (7-8 MAR), Kentucky (8-17 MAR), COVID-19 break (17 MAR-14 AUG).
15 August – 29 September 2020. Steve is walking from the KY-TN border to Jacksonville, FL on a 1,008-mile route segment. He is scheduled to begin the coast to coast segment on New Year’s Day.
Steve adapted the PTSD Walk in order to safely navigate the COVID-19 world.
Flying to Florida to start the walk seemed like cheating and provided less opportunity to speak with people.
Steve retired from the U.S. Army in 2016.

He planned his routes based upon the Google Maps walk time frame of 3 mph. His natural pace is slightly faster.

22 miles. Some days he will walk more and some he will walk less.
7-8 hours. 3 mph plus rest breaks. He prefers to walk 10 or less miles before a break as longer distances put more of a drain on his body. Which takes away from his ability to talk with people during breaks.

Steve needs to eat a lot. Roughly 3x the average adult in order to maintain his fitness goals. Some days he uses 8,000+ calories.

No. Steve does not want to present the appearance of a homeless Veteran.

Walking is part of Steve’s PTSD selfcare.
No. If he is not talking with someone he likes to listen to audiobooks, YouTube videos, or music. He also has his best short story ideas on his walks, so he does not get bored on his walks.