• Fri, Sep 23 2011

San Francisco Woman Walks Cross Country, Is The IRL Forrest Gump

A woman named Catherine Li has decided to walk all the way across the country from San Francisco to New York city with a shopping cart containing only a tent, sleeping bag, and other basic necessities. Perhaps even more remarkable than the walk itself is the fact that she’s managed to fly under the radar of major media attention until now. She walked for seven months and made it to Pennsylvania before any news sources picked up the story!

Ms. Li hasn’t been blogging about her walk or performing any other type of attention getting activities; it seems like she really is doing it purely for her own personal hippie dippie reasons. When asked by MSNBC why she’s taking this mega walk, she gave a pretty simple answer.

Via MSNBC:

“People always ask me that,” she said with a laugh. “At first, I was so urgent (to respond) so I just started to tell them all the feelings I was having but I realized that was tough to do. So I just boil it down to the short version: I just felt like walking. I just decided to click over to living in the actual moment instead of inventing all these fantastic fantasies for the future.”

Personally, I think this is pretty awesome. As someone who hates walking because it’s slow and boring (biking is more dangerous, but also more fun), I can’t even imagine what it would be like to walk such a long distance. It’s got to have some kind of profound effect on your brain, right? Perhaps I could get on board with walking due to its psychoactive properties.

Exhibit A:

The clouds in Ohio, were just so perfectly shaped, like the most innocent drawings from a child. … When you’re on a trip like this, you get so much closer to the truth about yourself.

Kudos to you, Catherine Li, for your commitment to this project. For the rest of us, there’s always acid.

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  • Lisa

    Inspiring! I’d totally be afraid of getting raped or something though.

  • Goldie

    I dunno, the Appalachian Trail is about 2100 miles and about 200-300 people complete it every year. I know several people who have done it without any expectation of media attention or a parade at the end. I guess what she’s doing is more unconventional, but I’m not all that inspired.