Editor’s note

Some 80 days after I first began my cross-country journey on July 4th in Washington, D.C., I find myself in Pittsburgh once again. I first reached this diverse and dynamic city more than a month ago. But I was forced to take a an unscheduled break from walking as a result of a stress fracture.

As a result, it is unlikely I will reach California this year. I plan to walk as far as I can before the cold weather sets in. How far I happen to reach by the end of October I cannot yet say. I hope to reach Chicago, but I have long since accepted that this is not a race.

Stay tuned.

–By Jennifer E. Cooper