The #T1Determined Run Across America
The Plan: Run Across America—Solo.
On Saturday, February 1, 2020 I head east from Newport Beach, CA, running 2787 miles in less than 100 days and planning to reach the Florida Space Coast in May, supported by my wife/crew chief driving our van.
I hope to make the fastest T1D crossing to date—and I also hope to complete the first EVER solo run by anyone from Disneyland to Disneyworld.
To put that into perspective, only a few hundred people have ever crossed the United States ocean-to-ocean.
Within the T1D community, only two are known to have done it.
Doug Masiuk began his 3400-mile transcontinental run on May 20, 2012 and finished December 23, 2012.
Five years later, 10-year old Type 1 diabetic Noah Barnes and his mom, dad and two siblings set out from Key West on January 1, 2017 on a walk that ended 4240 miles later, on December 9, 2017, in Blaine, WA, and set the record for the youngest person to cross the US on foot.
My route across the US follows many remnants of the 100-year-old Bankhead Highway, also called the Dixie Overland Highway. This was the first all-season transcontinental road in the U.S.
Along the way, we'll pass landmarks often overlooked on auto journeys: the Pacific Coast at Newport Beach CA, Rice CA's "shoe fence" and faraway-to-everywhere sign, Vidal Junction CA's "last chance gas", Phoenix and Scottsdale's famous spas, Faywood NM's hot springs, desolate stretches of NM-9, El Paso's alligator sculptures, Blue Origin Spaceport, abandoned Greyhound Bus stations and motels in west Texas oilfield country, Guadalupe Pass, the potassium mines of southern New Mexico, Lorraine TX's abandoned downtown (mature trees growing up through old storefronts), Sulphur Springs TX's glass restrooms and Monty Python Silly Walks, the small-town charm of southern Arkansas, Leland MS -- "birthplace" of Kermit the Frog, Mississippi Blues country, BB King's hometown of Itta Bena and location of the famous railroad "crossroads", rural Alabama's scrap-metal-and-pecan roadside stands, Florida fish camps, Dunnellon FL's statue of the Blues Brothers, and the only pedestrian safe roads into the Magic Kingdom (hint: it's near cast parking), finishing at the beach at Indialantic / Melbourne.
I'll run through 9 states and 389 towns.
Here's where we'll stop.
(As the date gets closer, we'll post a live satellite tracking link to Don's GPS beacon.)
El Casco CA
Palm Springs CA
Joshua Tree CA
CA-62&177, Mojave Desert
NM-9 & A-005 NM
El Paso TX
Hueco Tanks TX
Salt Flat TX
TX / NM Border
Big Spring TX
Colorado City TX
Tye / Abilene TX
Mineral Wells TX
Sulphur Springs TX
Mt Pleasant TX
Dalby Springs / Ward Creek TX
El Dorado AR
Walt Disney World / Orlando FL
St. Cloud FL