Other Travelers, Walkers

Other Travelers, Walkers, Sites

There is a wonderful universe of people out there who just can't sit still. Some needed a quest, are addicted to the "new" (place, culture, food, experience, knowledge, point of view, etc.); and others may just be curious about the world and how much of it they can explore. Below is a list of fellow walkers, travelers -- their sites, and other related resources. Examples include:

Other SF Bay Walkers, Hikers

Ground breakers
Earth Day Bay Walk
Peter Drekmeier coordinated a 5-day, 59-mile group walk from Mountain View -- also my start (and end) point -- to San Francisco, with several stops along the way, as part of Earth Day 2002.

SF Bay Walk
Roy McCandless walked around SF Bay; now he's taking a hike in each of the 65 East Bay Regional Parks

Trailhiker - Susan Kelso
Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/), Bay Area Ridge Trail, and other trails in California. Susan's site is: http://trailhiker.wordpress.com/

Walking the Bay Trail
Kurt Schwabe (San Francisco) completed a trip around the San Francisco Bay Trail in 30 days (from June 1 - 29, 2013), using public transportation. I had the privilege of walking with Kurt the day he hit his halfway point in San Leandro, and again in East Palo Alto. Kurt started and finished his walk at Bay Crossings in the San Francisco Ferry Building.

ZombieRunner(s) Bay Ridge Trail Run
Gillian and Don (co-owners of ZombieRunner store and cafe and Palo Alto, CA) ran 500 miles in 13 days around the Bay Area Ridge Trail (and connecting routes) in 2003.

International Ground Breakers

Jean Beliveau - Walk Around the World
Canadian Jean Beliveau walked around the world. It took him 11 years. He finished in 2011.

Walking the Length of Japan on Stilts Mick and Miki Tan, Chiba Japan

Mick and Miki Tan, Chiba Japan - their blog is a record of their adventures on stilts.
I must admit, I was intrigued by the title. Their adventures in locomotion reminded me of how I started walking the bay -- in flip flops. OK, you can't really compare, but...)

International Travel Sites

Everything Everywhere 
Gary Arndt has traveled around the world since 2007. On his site, Everything Everywhere, Gary shares his photos, stories. He also has a fairly extensive list of other travel-related links.

Johnny Vagabond
Think Hunter Thompson traveling on dicey roads in Southeast Asia on a motorcycle...fighting the fear. Interesting tales from a digital nomad. OK, he's on a motorcycle and not walking, but I couldn't resist.

Redcat Travel
Stefan left Germany and has been traveling by foot, train, minivan, camel, and many other modes of transportation, in exotic locales ever since.

Walking, Photography Trips in the SF Bay Area and Beyond 
Two Travel Clubs run by Steve Juba
(Free) Singles by the Bay Travel Club
PhotoFly Travel Adventures for culture and photography lovers

Nice collection of travel-related tips, news, and destination stories and photos from around the globe. High quality-of-life ideas and adventures that might be compatible with walking or hiking plans.

Related Resources - Books, Planning Sites


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (2012)

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
by John Muir, edited by William Frederic Badรจ (1916)
John Muir is no longer with us, but I recommend this book based on Muir's journal entries -- as he walked from Indiana to Florida. The last few chapters chronicle his trips to, and walks in, Cuba and California.

A Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson (1998)

Walk-Ride Planning Sites - San Francisco Bay Area

Plan your walks + available transit options

Bay Area Hiker
Jane Huber's site covers a multitude of subjects related to hiking and walking
Huber is also the author of "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco"

Bay Trail.org
Interactive maps of the San Francisco Bay Trail (Click on Maps/Publications page.)

Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) site - Abogo
The Abogo site includes information about transit options in the San Francisco bay area (and other cities in the U.S.). Tools and calculators show "how transportation impacts affordability and sustainability where you live."

East Bay Walks
See also this list of 65 East Bay Regional Parks walked and compiled on this site, by Mike and Carol.