I am Tom Turcich, I'm 160 days and roughly 2500 miles into living my dream of walking around the world. Ask me anything!
The name is Tom Turcich. On April 2nd, the day before my 26th birthday, I left my home in New Jersey to embark on a five year, seven continent walk around the world. So far I've been on the road for 160 days and walked over 2500 miles. A month ago I adopted Savannah, a burgeoning protector, and now I'm enjoying a coffee and letting my legs rest at a friend's place in Corpus Christi.
As to why I'm walking around the world, at seventeen a close friend passed away and I realized life could be over as quickly and arbitrarily as the flick of a switch. A few months later, after coming to terms with this new truth, I decided I wanted adventure and to see the world. I then discovered a few people who had walked around the world before and decided that's what I wanted to do. So from seventeen until twenty-six I've kept The World Walk my aim. I went to college, worked, paid off loans, saved, then finally decided it was time to leave before I carried too much responsibility.
So now, a hundred and sixty days into living my dream, I've seen great things. I've been tired and hot and filthy. I ran into a twisted sort of guy in rural Georgia, but I've also met dozens of phenomenal people who have brought me into their home. I've walked through no stop-light towns and spent time in Savannah, New Orleans, Austin. Everyday I'm in a new part of the world meeting new people.
In a few weeks I'll be in Mexico, headed towards Argentina, so I figured while I have the connectivity I should do an AMA. Looking forward to answering whatever questions you have!
And here's proof!
EDIT: If anyone would like to donate: http://theworldwalk.com/walk/donate/ (Thanks BearBong)
EDIT: These eyes aren't used to looking at a screen and are starting to hurt, so time to sign off! Thanks for all the support and questions! I'll take good care of Savannah, I'm walking and am in no rush if a problem arises. Thanks again! You guys are amazing! Hope you're able to follow along!