I’m walking/biking 8,000 miles.
I don’t believe in philosophy without action. My journey will test my beliefs, my hopes, my ideas. The goal: to meet the gods.
How it Began
When I first started Rogue Priest, I wrote:
My goal is to travel the world, learn as much about myself as I can, and help people in any way I can… as I travel into other countries, into areas that may be impoverished or politically unstable, my goal is to do more than just get by. To be more than a visitor or an NGO worker. I want to truly meet people along the way, to work beside them and live with them, to look into their eyes and meet the gods we carry with us.
So let’s do it.
I quit my job, left my temple and my home city, and began to travel. My travels were not aimless, they were preparation. I focused on my physical fitness, on speaking Spanish, and on learning how to make a living as a writer on the road.
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.
I’m going from the start of the Mississippi to the end of the Amazon, crossing two continents under my own power.
(Note: So far I have made it as far as New Orleans, Louisiana, about 1700 miles in.)
We studied South America in World History class when I was 12. I can still see the picture at the beginning of the chapter, a giant waterfall in the Amazon. I always knew I would travel across Latin America someday.
In college I decided I would walk there, because that will let me travel slowly. I want to get to know people and communities—and the land. I want to live immersively, not as a tourist.
After college I put off my dream. I worked hard for good causes—my temple, a variety of nonprofits, and an amazing art museum. I felt fulfilled by these activities, but I also felt my dream slipping away. It wasn’t the same thing as living gloriously, following the example of the great heroes, and traveling freely to change myself and the world. It’s time to do that now.
I believe that walking across the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America will provide me with plenty of opportunities to live that way. Maybe I truly can make a difference in our world.
I am a philosopher-adventurer, and this is my thesis. Does travel change the mind? Does adventure expand personal limits? Does living for high ideals, following your purpose, and doing amazing things lead to a life of bravery and joy—and inspiring others?
I’m going to find out. I’m going to live it, so no one can say it’s impossible.
How to Get Involved
I merrily invite all readers to join me on the journey, either in person or by following my travels through Rogue Priest.
If you like what I do and would like to support the walk, here are some ways you can help:
- Send me an email and tell me what you think. I love meeting new people. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell others about Rogue Priest. Share it on the social media of your choice.
- Chat with me on Twitter @Rogue_Priest
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