(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/)

Over 1,500 miles. Missouri(15 February-17 March 2020), Illinois(24-29 February 2020), Indiana(1-7 March 2020), Ohio(7-8 March 2020), Kentucky(8-17 March 2020), COVID-19 Break(17 March-14 August 2020), Tennessee(15-23 August 2020), Alabama(23-29 August 2020), and Georgia(30 August-12 September 2020). Injury break(12 September 2020-12 March 2021).

Only 1,800+ more miles to go. Georgia(13-27 March), Florida(28 March-12 April), Georgia(13 April-21 April), Alabama(21 April-01 May), Mississippi(02-09 May), Louisiana(10-13 May), Arkansas(14-31 May), and Missouri(01-13 June).

Steve has taken two breaks. The first was from 17 March-14 August 2020. During that time he adapted the PTSD Walk in order to safely navigate the COVID-19 world. The second one was due to an injury that required surgery (12 September 2020-12 March 2021).

Steve lives in Missouri and thought it best to start from where he lives.

Steve retired from the U.S. Army in 2016.

Steve walks at a moderate pace that is a little faster than 3 mph. He planned his routes using Google Maps directions, which uses a walk time frame of 3 mph. When Steve walks faster than 3mph, he uses the extra time for rest breaks. During long segments he allots himself 10 minutes of rest break for every hour of walking. So, if he is walking 15 miles between places, he assumes the 15 mile distance will take him 5 hours, plus rest breaks. The amount of time for rest break breaks is determined by the number of hours walking. In this case 5 hours of walking gives Steve 50 minutes of rest. So, his 15 mile distance will take him a total of 5 hours and 50 minutes.

On average, 22 miles a day. Some days he will walk more and some he will walk less. The distances are mostly determined by the availability of lodging.

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. Even though he eats regularly, he still ends up with a caloric deficit on most days.

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

Walking is part of Steve’s PTSD selfcare.

Surprisingly no. He tends to think through a lot of complex issues while walking. He has even found a few things to be true while walking. If he is listening to audio content, such as an audiobook, YouTube video, or music, the content alters his walking speed and visual focal point. If he is listening to music with a fast tempo, he ends up walking fast. He walks slow while listening to content that requires him to concentrate. When he tries to walk fast and concentrate, he ends up having to re-listen to parts over and over until he slows down. He thinks this is because his mind can only process so much information at a time. While walking on sidewalks or other relatively safe areas, he will walk with his head low and look just ahead of his feet. He does this in order to conserve mental power while walking. Which allows him to use more mental power for the mental task he is working on.