Transcontinental Project: Stroller Tracker Update 3 - 500 miles left

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Nov 6 – In the last update from Jeff Perez’s journey across America, he had ran 1,623 miles in 52 days. Tonight on day 79, in Heber-Overgaard, Az Perez is 2,794 miles from where his journey began, still pushing the famous stroller and a little over 500 miles away from completing what he had set out to do.

Since Perez departed New Haven, Mo. 39 days ago with just a stroller filled with supplies, he has crossed the cornfields of Kansas, through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, through deserts of New Mexico, and into Arizona, only one state from crossing into California.

On Oct. 21, Perez and I chatted for a short period of time while he was in Colorado.  Perez said that the night before he about froze to death, not literally, but it was one of the coldest nights he had experienced. However, he said the mountains were a site to behold, “Breath taking”.

Photo by Jeff Perez
While traveling through New Mexico, Perez said that he had interacted with many Native Americans.  “I had no idea that hey had their own radio stations and the different dialects that different tribes speak.”

On Fri., Nov. 4 Perez crossed into Arizona with hopes of finally finding a cactus.  He told us he had hoped to see one in New Mexico, which never happened.  Hopefully, Arizona will bring a cactus along his route.

One week from Today, Perez will enter into California on day 86 and will be only six days from reaching Huntington Beach, Ca on Sat., Nov. 19 as long as everything is on schedule. 


Oct 10 – Jeff Perez has been running now for 52 days and has covered 1,623 miles.  Today he ran nearly 40 miles ending in Alta Vista, Ks.  Since the flat tires in Missouri, he has been moving right along right along and still injury free.

Oct 12 – Day 54 since Perez began his journey.  Today he covered 38 miles, pushing his stroller into Lindsborg, Ks.

Oct 15 – Perez has now been running for 57 days and has covered nearly 1,900 miles.  Tomorrow he will be running through the heart of Kansas where there is nothing but cornfields and more cornfields or, as Perez said, “No civilization”.  

In the morning he will leave from Hanston, Ks, taking KS-156W to Deerfield, Ks. However, he will not arrive in Deerfield until Monday night.


Last Sunday, I was honored enough to meet one of the most inspiring people I have ever met.  Many readers asked me the next day about "that guy pushing the stroller".  QNHN was the only news source to report and share Jeff Perez’s story behind running across America. Perez and I have stayed in contact this past week; he has been sending me updates in the evening.

I promised him that we would keep everyone up-to-date on his progress.  I made another promise, but I will need everyone's help.  I said we would get the entire country behind him before he reaches California.  If you have family that live along his route, call them, spread the word; I want people standing outside waiting for him to pass by and cheering him on.

If there would be any community that could make this happen, New Haven would be the one.

Thur., Oct. 6 – Perez said, “After leaving New Haven everything has been going smooth.  My spirits are high and I have been making good progress.  Today I covered 40 miles.  Muscles feel fine and so far injury free.  Just overwhelmed with boredom.”  Perez ended Thur. near Sweet Springs, Mo. which is about 59 miles west of Columbia.

Fri., Oct 7 – Today Perez traveled 43 miles making it to Independence, Mo. However, he was held up in Concordia, Mo. after two of his tires went flat. Somehow this young man pushed the stroller from Concordia to Independence on the flat tires.  Other than that, he says he is still staying strong.

 

Oct 10 – Jeff Perez has been running now for 52 days and has covered 1,623 miles.  Today he ran nearly 40 miles ending in Alta Vista, Ks.  Since the flat tires in Missouri, he has been moving right along right along and still injury free.

Oct 12 – Day 54 since Perez began his journey.  Today he covered 38 miles, pushing his stroller into Lindsborg, Ks.

Oct 15 – Perez has now been running for 57 days and has covered nearly 1,900 miles.  Tomorrow he will be running through the heart of Kansas where there is nothing but cornfields and more cornfields or, as Perez said, “No civilization”.  

In the morning he will leave from Hanston, Ks, taking KS-156W to Deerfield, Ks. However, he will not arrive in Deerfield until Monday night.

Photo Jeff Perez took as he ran into New Haven Sunday night.