Route History

Day 53

Today we left Idaho and entered Utah – we passed through Salt Lake City before turning our walk east and entering Wyoming! It was a busy day, walking 998.75 km together, and we finished today’s  walk in Casper, Wyoming. Also known as the Oil City due to it’s close proximity to the Salt Creek Oil Field, Casper is also home to the Special Olympics Wyoming Head Office!

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Day 52

Our day started out with a virtual flight back to Seattle, Washington and from there we started walking south towards Oregon. We passed through Portland and Beaverton, Oregon – home of Special Olympics Oregon’s head office – before turning our walk back towards Idaho. We passed through Boise and Garden City, Idaho – home of Special Olympics Idaho – and ended our day after walking 1,210.25 km together in Twin Falls, Idaho. Twin Falls is home to the world’s largest yogurt manufacturing plant – owned by Chobani, the factory is 1 million square feet and took less than 11 months to build!

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Day 51

From Prudhoe Bay, we followed the Arctic coastline today on our walk, travelling a total of 560.25 km. Today’s walk put us in Point Barrow, Alaska – the northernmost point of the United States. Point Barrow is close to the migration path of bowhead whales, and was first occupied by the  Iñupiat first nations people about 1,000 years before the first European settlers. Being so far north, Point Barrow spends most of the winter in darkness – 67 days from November to January – but then spends much of the summer in sunlight. As of today, the sun has been up in Point Barrow since May 10 (that’s 63 days) and it won’t set again until August 2nd (another 21 days)!

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Day 50

From Fairbanks, Alaska we continued our walk today, venturing further north through Alaska towards the Arctic Ocean. After a full day of walking, travelling 713.75 km together, we reached our destination of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Located on the coast of the Arctic Ocean, Prudhoe Bay is adjacent to the largest oil field in the United States. Temperatures can get quite cold here, and so buildings need to be heated – all of the buildings that are heated here must be built on stilts. If they weren’t, the heat from the buildings would melt the permafrost and turn the ground around the buildings into a bog!

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Day 49

After a short walk around the island of O’ahu in Hawaii, we took another virtual flight north to Anchorage, Alaska. While here, we passed by the Special Olympics Alaska head office, then walked further north into Alaska. After walking 691.50 km today, we ended our walk in Fairbanks, Alaska. This time of year, Fairbanks spends much of the day in sunlight – on the longest day of the year (June 21st, just a few weeks ago), the are 21 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. But come back on December 21st, the shortest day of the year, and Fairbanks receives just 3 hours and 43 minutes of daylight!

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Day 48

Today our walk took us into Washington State, where we walked to Seattle. While Seattle is home to Microsoft – a proud supporter of Special Olympics – some athletes and coaches may also recognize Seattle and its iconic Space Needle as the site of the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018! From Seattle, we took a virtual plane flight into the Pacific Ocean where we reached our destination of Honolulu, Hawaii! Today we traveled 554.50 km together!

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Day 47

Today we surpassed 50,000km walked since starting our walk around the world – that averages to over 10,000 hours! Our walk today took us through the remainder of Montana, visiting Special Olympics Montana head office in Great Falls, Montana. We then crossed into Idaho where we reached the city of Kellogg, Idaho after walking 674.25 km together. Kellogg is home to the longest gondola in North America, which stretches 5 km (3.1 miles) from the downtown area of the city up onto Silver Mountain – a popular alpine skiing destination!

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Day 46

Today we walked out of North Dakota and into Montana. Our walking tour took us to the city of Havre, Montana after walking 861.50 km together. Havre was first incorporated in 1893 – if you visit the city today, you may see some small purple grids along some of the sidewalks; these are skylights of a mall built underground over 100 years ago! It’s now a tourist attraction known as Havre Beneath the Streets!

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Day 45

Today we returned to the state of Wisconsin, and continued on to Minnesota. In Minnesota, we passed by the head offices of Anytime Fitness in South Hastings and Special Olympics Minnesota in Minneapolis. It was then north west towards North Dakota, where we walked passed Special Olympics North Dakota’s head office in Grand Forks. We concluded our days’ walk, completing 1,004 km together, in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Devils Lake is a city named after the lake located nearby, which is the largest natural body of water in all of North Dakota!

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Day 44

Today we walked west from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan towards the Michigan-Wisconsin state border. We made it to Ironwood, Michigan after walking 525.50 km together, which is on the opposite side of the Montreal River from Hurley, Wisconsin. This is our last stop in Michigan, as we’ll be returning to Wisconsin and then passing into Minnesota tomorrow. There are plenty of alpine skiing spots in and around Ironwood, as well as several cross-country skiing trails in the area!

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