a crowd of incredible family members, host families, Kiva staff and supporters join us at the coast!
(If your visiting this site for the first time, please scroll below or use the ‘Post History’ bar on the right to follow all 290 + posts, videos and pictures of our on-foot journey across the USA)
I completed the cross-country walk on November 13th, 2010 in San Francisco, CA after starting in Lewes, DE on March 1st of 2010. This 8.5 month / 3,030 mile on-foot trek has forever shaped my life. Moving 3MPH across the USA ignited a profound trust in the goodness of strangers, the open road and the beautiful unknown. I’m so thankful to everyone who made this journey possible.
Kiva Walk will continue to evolve as a unique community of walkers investing in borrowers and passionate Kiva.org enthusiasts from all over the world. I (Jonathon Stalls) am now working full-time developing a Colorado based social enterprise called Walk2Connect. Walk2Connect is dedicated to taking individuals and groups on single and multi-day walking trips, instilling on-foot personal / communal connection and supporting improved walkability throughout our neighborhoods. Please visit the Walk2Connect website to learn more; however, do take a minute to scroll below or navigate the 200 + collection of photos and videos documenting our incredible journey!
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Great picture by Bob Harris – catching the adrenaline before we dove into the Pacific Ocean – completing our 3,030 mile cross-country walk!!!!!
12 miles today – 3030 miles total WE WALKED ACROSS AMERICA!
Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA – Ocean Beach (The Pacific Ocean)
One of the best days of my life.
Words seem impossible in times like these.
An amazing walk and final day w/family, friends, host families & Kiva staff. A beautiful walk through the city and onto the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Ohhh the emotion of finishing the walk and splashing into the salt water. Still working through the bittersweet ending leading to a new beginning of lifestyle, pace, and direction.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to such a colorful, beautiful and mysterious God who kept us safe, fed, healthy and supported throughout our journey. Thank you to everyone (all over the world) who reached out, donated, believed and showed us the truest definitions of hospitality and trust.
Thanks you Jackie & Chuck for hosting us on our final weekend.
Cheers for now,
Video from our final steps into Sports Basement (after beach). I wasn’t able to get a video of me at the beach
Video from the walk through the city before the beach (Thanks Ben!):
INCREDIBLE day of walking through the city as we finished our walk across the USA – THANK YOU to all who came out to support us!
SOOO much fun – a day of perfect weather in San Fran for our final walk!
8 miles today – 3018 miles total
Sausalito, CA – Kiva Headquarter, San Francisco, CA!
What an amazing day of walking and sharing the last couple days w/loved ones – new friends & Kiva supporters/staff. I am truly blessed to be safe & healthy throughout this trip. As ‘our’ last day quickly approaches I am reminded of all the incredible people I have shared this journey with. WE are this walk. Thank you for your continued support…
It was so good to be re-united w/Kanoa today. He is lying next to me in a curled ball after a full 2 days of riding in a car (Thank you Mark Ray & Ben Purner!) I unfortunately didn’t capture the video of us meeting, but it was full of whines – barks – and ‘frazzled’ excitement as we attempted to embrace. It is SO good to have my pup again for the last day!
More pictures and videos to come – I will try to get to a computer tomorrow to keep all of you at home up to speed; however, in the case that I can’t, know that I will post pictures and videos ASAP upon my return to Denver on Monday/Tuesday of this week.
A few from today:
An amazing haircut from a Kiva borrower in San Francisco – (more photos to come!!) – THANKS Opportunity Fund!
Here w/mother, Terri Brewerton as we stand in front of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco!
I am a lucky man to be walking w/such quality people – THANK you to all of you who are here and are at home supporting our final days!!!
Such a beautiful – perfect – day – here is the FIRST sighting of the Golden Gate Bridge – impressive!
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Thank you again to the Kiva staff for your support and for allowing me to share on all-things Kiva Walk today over lunch.
9 miles today – 3010 miles total!
Larkspur, CA – Sausalito, CA
An amazing day winding around Larkspur and onto the bike path that cuts the San Pablo Bay & the Richardson’s Bay – beautiful floating homes – incredible architecture – rolling green hills – crystal bay water – first glimpse of San Francisco – great connection w/locals Mark & Diana & a fantastic finale w/cousin Matt Sherman, Colin Kearney, Leina Chung, & 2dogs2000miles.org all-star Luke Robinson!
First sight of San Francisco, CA!
Relaxing in Sausalito, CA – floating home w/Diana sharing her poem:
Pictures from today:
First sight of San Francisco, CA - (under armpit)!!!
Floating homes on Richardson's Bay - IMPRESSIVE!!! (thanks Mark & Diana for showing us around)
Richardson's Bay - Sausalito, CA
THANK YOU to Mark & Kali Smith for taking us in - an INCREDIBLE stay - quality - quality - quality!
THANK YOU Steve Enzer for taking us in tonight in Sausalito, CA!
14 miles today – 2972 miles total!
Sonoma, CA – Petaluma, CA
Rain followed us throughout the day as we moved West into beautiful Petaluma, CA. The rich greens in the grasses coupled w/vibrant grape vineyards made the occasional down pour of rain light & easy.
I really enjoyed my time today w/local friends:
– a wonderful breakfast and farewell to Donna Campbell
– a great day of walking w/Leina Chung
– quality time w/Chris Barnett
– a very special dinner w/Winters, CA hosts Valerie & Michael Whitworth (and grandson Sam).
– & a BIG THANK YOU to our hosts for tonight: Payette & JC of Petaluma!
A few pictures from the day:
An AMAZING dinner & evening w/local Sonoma women last night (Robyn, Lucille, Donna, myself & Leina)
RANCHO VIEJO - dang - an incredible authentic - family owned - restaurant in Sonoma, CA - so good...
A little diversity in the sky never hurt anyone - a refreshing day of rain!
A 'double-team' of all-things Kivawalk signage & our first SAN FRANCISCO sign!!! - were getting so close!
Ahhh - so green - reminded me of my time on the Emerald Isle (Ireland)
Arrived: Petaluma, CA - beautiful
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14 miles today – 2958 miles total!
Napa, CA – Sonoma, CA
A great day walking through the captivating color of West Napa & into Sonoma. There is a strong ‘magic’ here & it is such a treat to walk through it. The people we have met and continue to meet are SO welcoming & genuine. SO thankful for our time w/Janet & Evan for taking us in and showing us around all-things Napa – ahhh, the joy in sharing these moments w/local people. We are equally blessed to have Donna from Sonoma taking us in tonight – as well as a wonderful lunch w/her at her favorite place.
Video from today:
A few pictures:
leaving Napa w/Leina
SO mAnY grapes!
ahhh, the palms...
SUCH an incredible view - Leina Chung continues to join me!
A mural at the 'plaza' in Sonoma, CA
THANK YOU Donna Campbell for taking us in tonight!
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