At 3:36 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2018, Bob McCormick finished “A Walk for Change,” rolling into the U.S. Capitol with family and friends. In 130 days, he crossed 10 states through conditions ranging from extreme hot to extreme cold (and a lot of extreme wet), bested body and equipment breakdowns, and braved too-close, too-fast traffic. Along the way, Bob met amazing and generous people, spreading the idea of Intergenerational Justice to millions. What’s next? Watch this space.
I’m almost done! I’m so excited to be rolling through Northern Virginia and headed to the U.S. Capitol on Sunday. Come out and meet me; locations and times below.
SATURDAY, 12/8, 4pm: I’ll be arriving at the Vienna Caboose (and the mural!) at 4pm. Family and friends are flying in to meet and celebrate.
SUNDAY, 12/9, 8am: Accompanied by a few family members, I’ll be leaving the Caboose in Vienna for a 16.6-mile final leg to the U.S. Capitol. (Contact me at 720-893-0420 or DenverToDC2018@gmail.com if you want to join us, because we might be leaving earlier.)
SUNDAY, approximately 1:30-3pm: We’ll be passing the Arlington Cemetery and then Smithsonian Metro stations. If you want to join in the final steps of the walk, track me live with SPOT.
SUNDAY, 3-3:30pm: Arriving at the U.S. Capitol.
See you soon!
1606 miles | Point of Rocks, MD | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.
As I approach the finish line of this 1700 walk for Intergenerational Justice I believe it is appropriate to re-post this Stephen Hawking’s quote.
…now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together.
The Earth is our home. Humanity is our family. No prior humans ever had the responsibility we all share today. Intergenerational Justice is about accepting that responsibility.
1511 miles | Cumberland, MD | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.
Walked into Cumberland MD today, 1500 miles from Denver and only 184 miles from DC. I will be walking on tow paths and bicycle trails the rest of the way— no more cars and trucks whizzing towards me at 60 mph, hallelujah!
If all goes well, I will walk into DC on on December 9 with my family and several friends, for the benefit of our children, grandchildren and all future humans.
If you believe Intergenerational Justice matters, and you are in the DC area on the 9th of December, we would love to have you walk with us.
1344 miles | Valley Grove, WV | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.
It’s been more than 100 days on the road now! Along the way, I’ve met many people who also know that we need to change, but this note I just received from a citizen in West Virginia is really worth sharing…
“Good evening, Bob!
“Unfortunately, I only just read your story on our local news site, but it occurs to me that you most likely walked right past my house on National Road in Valley Grove, WV today. Had I known, I would have made sure to be here to offer you lunch and walk a little bit with you to learn more about your journey and let you know how much I appreciate what you’re doing.
“Too many people only consider how their actions affect their own lives and ignore what messes future generations will have to clean up. It’s heartbreaking to live in a state that is consistently one of the top three most obese, yet individuals and our greater society tend not to make decisions that would go towards solving them.
“It’s frustrating to live in the Mountain State—a place where you think people would love and respect the very mountains we’re nicknamed after—where coal companies chop off the tops of them, destroying an ecosystem of over a million species (second most diverse in the world!) in order to harvest a finite fuel source. This state is far too concerned with a dying industry that’s hurting our physical and economic health, and not trying hard enough to look to the future.
“I don’t mean to get too negative (I really do love this state and I hope you did too!)—I just wanted to let you know that your short time in West Virginia didn’t go unnoticed! We here in Wheeling are a little removed from the rest of the state, but someday I suggest you travel to the coalfields of Southern WV to witness what I’m talking about and spread your important message.
“Best of luck on the rest of your journey! It’s always been a wild dream of mine to do something similar... one day I hope to have the grit and guts you have!
”Mary Lu in WV”