Wayne Curtis: The Last Great Walk

In The Last Great Walk author Wayne Curtis shares the story of Edward Payson Weston otherwise known as Weston the Pedestrian In 1909 Weston undertook to walk from New York to San Francisco in 100 days The man was 70 years of age on the day he began the long trek across the continent This was a time when automobiles were beginning to make headway into the lives of ordinary Americans Curtis in his telling of Weston s walk alternately describes the collision of the automobile era with the bipedal form It was with fascination that I went along on Weston s journey and the story of what we have lost in moving away from foot travel its impact on our bodies homo sapiens are designed to walk eight to 12 miles a day our minds walking helps keep our minds sharp and our society and surroundings Makes me want to put on my walking shoes and grab a map Amy O I ve always enjoyed a nice leisurely walk and I often walk to do short errands But after eading this ecord of a walk taken in 1909 from New York City to San Francisco completed in just over 100 days I will never think about walking the same way againEdward Payson We. In 1909 Edward Payson Weston walked from New York to San Francisco covering around 40 miles a day and greeted by wildly cheering audiences in every city The New York Times called it the first bona fide walk across the American continent and eagerly chronicled a journey in which Weston was beset by fatigue mosuitos vicious headwinds and brutal heat He was 70 years ol.

S the importance of movement in locating the self in space among other mental health and physical issuesAfter approximately a hundred years people are beginning to understand what they ve lost to the car culture and making efforts to eclaim it If you live in a walkable community count your lucky stars If you don t The Kaya-Girl read this book and figure out how to make some changesI gave this book aating of 4 because I would have liked to know about other walkers of the period and how those who couldn t walk coast to coast might have emulated Weston I know of one example but I would have enjoyed hearing An entertaining book covering different aspects of walking anchored by the historic walk mentioned in the title Well esearched and at times even laugh out loud funny the book does make you want to get up and take a long walk though that makes it ather harder to keep Omnibus Films reading Rewardingead with a multifaceted look at how we shaped the 20th Century and how we might shape the 21st Meanwhile I intend to step up my jaywalking This book should be Graeco-Egyptian Magick reuiredeading for students of land use planning and municipal councillors. Ican cities have been designed to cater to cars and discourage pedestrians Curtis guides eaders through an engaging intelligent exploration of how something as simple as the way we get from one place to another continues to shape our health our environment and even our national identityNot walking he argues may be one of the most adical things humans have ever don.

Ston left NYC on March 15 1909 to walk to the West Coast He took a mostly northerly oute through New York state over to Chicago and across the Great Plains He walked alone except for a car that was supposed to follow him with food and supplies and except for the many crowds and fans that met him along the way He sometimes elied on homeowners to take him in and give him a good meal or to shelter him in storms if he couldn t walk through them This may not sound like much but I can t imagine walking hours and hours every day through ain sleet snow muddy oads oads barely worthy of the name and constant isolation in some parts And yet Weston was part of a still popular but waning movement of pedestrianism As Weston set out the car was becoming a factor in American lifeThe author Wayne Curtis interweaves the story of Weston s walk with information on all manner of elated topics the landscape Weston encountered the growing issues around automobiles and how they changed the landscape in ways I had never known I ll never look at a city street with the same eyes again and the ights of individuals in public space. DIn The Last Great Walk journalist Wayne Curtis uses the framework of Weston's fascinating and surprising story and investigates exactly what we lost when we turned away from foot travel and what we could potentially egain with America's new embrace of pedestrianism From how our brains and legs evolved to accommodate our ancient traveling needs to the way that Amer.

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The Last Great Walk an account of a remarkable 4000 mile journey taken in 1909 and why it’s relevant today His previous book was a cultural history of a loathsome intoxicant