Into the Unknown

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    Aug 10, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Hey, guys. I'm in Richmond. Met a kind of awesome gay couple earlier, who have six foster children. It was brief, but I'll hopefully do an interview with them tomorrow.

    In the meantime, here's my latest blog post. I feel a lot better now than when I wrote it.

    Into the Unknown
    Homesickness Sets in on the Way to Richmond

    The last few days have been emotionally rough. I’ve been on the road for more than a month now, and I’ve traveled some 380 miles. This isn’t even 10 percent of the trip. I expected homesickness to strike at some point, but overestimated my ability to shrug it off. I miss New York, and there’s no use pretending otherwise.

    It has also dawned on me that, in some ways, the real trip is just getting started. I’m sitting about 15 miles away from Richmond, Va., right now, Tuesday, Aug. 9th. I will be in the capital of Virginia by sunset, and while I resided in this state for six months when I lived in the DC area, I have never been this far south.

    So far, I’ve been walking through familiar country – the parts of the U.S. that I have called home for the last 10 years. I am now, officially, out of my comfort zone. I’m sure I’ll come to feel comfortable here as well, but the heart beats fast even when the mind tells it to slow down. Ashland, the town where I spent the night, calls itself the Center of the Universe, and in a way (admittedly silly) I feel as lonely as if I were in outer space.

    The good news is that people in this part of the country seem to be just as kind and open as the folks I met in the Northeast. Two days ago, I was stressing out because I don’t know anyone in Richmond and I didn’t know where I would stay (it’s kind of hard to find a place to camp in an urban setting). Now, I’ve gotten multiple offers of shelter. I think this warrants spending at least a day or two here. I look forward to being places I’ve never been before and meeting people I’ve never met before. I’m sure they will chase the loneliness away.

    Constantino Diaz-Duran is a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. He is chronicling his walk from New York to Los Angeles to celebrate his eligibility for American citizenship. Follow Constantino’s progress.

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    Aug 10, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    Congratulations on reaching this far, just keep going on. Keep looking forward and be safe on your journey.
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    say_van saidCongratulations on reaching this far, just keep going on. Keep looking forward and be safe on your journey.
    Thanks! I'm happy to report that Richmond is great, and it has lifted my spirits.
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI hope you did after all find somewhere to stay, Tino. I feel a little bad about it, because I feel like I sort of talked you into going there in the first place.

    I did. Don't worry about it, please. I'm glad you suggested coming here. Great city. I mean it when I say it lifted my spirits after I wrote the post above. I'll be here till tomorrow.
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    youre an amazing man! wish you were passing through my way lol
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 saidyoure an amazing man! wish you were passing through my way lol

    I'm not that amazing... But I might drive through there on my way back. I want to hit some of the states I'll miss during the walk.

    jprichva saidI'm glad you like it. Salvador Dali called Monument Avenue one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Of course he was nuts, but still.

    I'm going to Monument Avenue tomorrow. I'm a little nuts too (as evidenced by this project), so maybe I'll agree with Dali.
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:49 PM GMT


    then let me know! i would like to meet you.
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    Aug 10, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 said

    then let me know! i would like to meet you.
    Will definitely do.