Thank you again for your support. It is with great heartbreak and regret that I send this update. This project has not been fully funded. The national walk, its oral history, and the lengthy reporting will not happen. If you have any trouble getting your donation back, please let me know and I will personally ensure that you get your refund.
I’ve learned a great deal during this campaign. People were kind, generous, and placed their faith in this somewhat eccentric endeavor without question. I was greatly humbled and honored by the enthusiasm. So my biggest regret is that I won’t be able to honor this on May 15th. I was very much looking forward to leading you on a vital and vivacious journey. But if this project is revived in any way, rest assured that I will be in touch with you to seal that faith further.
I pushed myself to physical, emotional, and mental limits I didn’t know I possessed during the three trial walks. I made long and daily efforts to spread the word: phone calls, emails, favors owed, you name it. Unfortunately, this was not enough to attract the donations needed to keep me sending reliable updates on the road over six months.
This project was intended to push me into a more positive and progressive direction in service of our nation. I greatly hope that I can revive the project and this ethos in some form next year, but I also confess that the failure has hit me hard. But I hope to come back later this year with something else.
Great gratitude and best wishes,
Primary Walker, EDWALKS.COM
Thank you again for your support and your positive words over the last few weeks. We have six days left to reach our goal. And I still believe we can do it. But it’s going to involve spreading the word to people who can both understand the nature of the project and lend their support.
With this in mind, I’m passing along the following links, which I hope that you can disseminate to interested parties.
First off, here’s a Columbia News Service story written by Andres David Lopez about the third trial walk from Staten Island to Edison Park. It explains very clearly what the walk is about, how it fits into American walking culture, and why this will be of great value to understanding our country.
And here are links to the three trial walks.
Trial Walk #1: A Walk from Manhattan to Sleepy Hollow
Trial Walk #2: A Walk from Brooklyn to Garden City
Part One: http://www.edrants.com/a-walk-from-brooklyn-to-...
Part Two: http://www.edrants.com/a-walk-from-brooklyn-to-...
Trial Walk #3: A Walk from Staten Island to Edison Park
Part One: http://www.edrants.com/a-walk-from-staten-islan...
Part Two: http://www.edrants.com/a-walk-from-staten-islan...
Please pass these along to anybody who you may know. Together, we will be able to create an invaluable oral history narrative of our country.
We have 23 more days to raise the funds for Ed Walks. To demonstrate my total commitment to this project, I will be doing two — count em, two — trial walks this week. The first trial walk will be on Tuesday, where I will walk 21 miles east from Brooklyn, New York to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York in an attempt to meet and interview the astronaut Jerry L. Ross. Ross has spent quite a good time walking in space and it is my hope that will have some helpful hints on how to walk 3,00 miles across America.
The second trial walk will be on Friday, where I will be walking 21 miles from Staten Island, New York to Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey.
For both walks, there will be live tweeting, audio, and lengthy reports — along the lines of my adventures from Manhattan to Sleepy Hollow. Thanks to everybody who has demonstrated their support so far. Please be sure to let other people know about these two trial walks. Together, we can ensure that this unprecedented investigation into America happens!
Thanks to everybody who has contributed to the campaign so far. On Friday, I did an 18 mile trial walk from the top tip of Manhattan into Sleepy Hollow, New York to offer people a sample of the type of coverage I plan on doing when we go national. I talked with the Yonkers City Council Majority Leader and had an unexpected chase at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. You can read about my adventures here:
And if we make it to $5,000 before the end of the day on March 28th, then I will do a second trial walk — this one, some 21 miles from Staten Island all the way into Thomas Edison Park in West Orange, New Jersey — on Friday, March 29th. Please donate if you can and spread the word! Thanks again!