National Geographic

Let’s Walk

Herto Bouri, Ethiopia, 10°17'12'' N, 40°31'55'' E
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
A thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.

— Jalal ad-Din Mohammed Balkhi (Rumi)

On a clear day on flat ground—in a landscape, say, like the bone-yellow floor of the Great Rift Valley of northern Ethiopia that surrounds me now—it is possible to see 60 miles. This is a three-day walking radius. For the next seven years of my life, as I retrace, on foot, the pathways of the first anatomically modern humans who rambled out Africa, this distance will represent for me, as it was for our ancestors, my tangible universe, my limiting horizon.

I’ll be cheating a bit, of course: The communications kit I’m lugging on my back to share this journey will fling open digital infinitudes that our nomadic forebears could scarcely imagine. Yet the experience of pacing off the continents, one yard at a time through 2020, will still expose, I believe, an inescapable biological reality. We’re built to walk. We’ve been wired by natural selection to absorb meaning from our days at the loose-limbed gait of three miles an hour. And whether we count ourselves cursed or lucky to be standing on the Earth at this frenetic moment in our history—I, for one, would choose no other time to be alive—reasonable arguments abound to slow down. To pause in our tracks, the way a local Afar pastoralist named Idoli Mohamed does, arms folded akimbo atop hand-greased acacia sticks. To watch. To listen. To glance over our shoulders, seeking older compass bearings. Those first bands of Homo sapiens who blazed the trail to our becoming a planetary species—hunter-gatherers we know oddly little about and who may have numbered, researchers say, a paltry few thousand individuals—have valuable lessons to impart. They were, after all, consummate survivors. This is the premise of the Out of Eden walk.

Idoli Mohamed, an Afar herder who lives in the Herto Bouri area at the start of the walk. Photograph by Paul Salopek

The template for my long trek—the first global human dispersal out of Africa—is fairly well plotted by science.

Fossils and DNA markers found in modern populations suggest that people began trickling north of our archaeological “Eden” in Africa’s Rift Valley sometime between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago. Pushed by population pressure or lured on by favorable climate shifts, some early wayfarers plodded west into Europe and probably wiped out the Neanderthals. Others turned right into Eurasia. That will be my route. (I don’t have sufficient knee longevity to add Europe to the schedule. As for Oceania, which humans reached by boat 50,000 years ago: I can barely dog paddle.) From the Middle East I’ll follow the ghostly tracks of ancient migrations through Central Asia to China, then angle northward into Arctic Siberia, from where I’ll take passage by ship to Alaska. (So fabulously rich was the American fauna encountered by the first Americans that one archaeologist, Ofer Bar Yosef, suggested I should rename this project Into Eden.) Finally, I’ll hike down the length of the Americas to Tierra del Fuego, the gale-whipped tip of South America where we at last ran out of continents, and where a callow 23-year-old named Charles Darwin began igniting this entire chain of rediscovery in the 1830s.

Image: Paul Salopek's route

Retracing on foot the path our ancient ancestors traveled as they migrated across the world.

A few weeks ago, before coming to Africa, I flew to Isla Navariño in Chilean Tierra del Fuego.

Photo: Cristina Calderon

Cristina Calderon, 84, the last full-blooded Yaghan speaker. She lives in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, at the end of the walk. Photograph by Paul Salopek

I wanted to preview the finish line of a project that will consume a seventh of my life. An old woman there, Cristina Calderón, 84, greeted me at her cabin door. She is the last full-blooded speaker of Yaghán—the culturally extinct indigenous group that Darwin gaped at as they fished naked on the icy beaches of the Beagle Channel. I expect and hope to meet Calderón once again, when I walk up to her shoreline porch years from now, in another hemisphere. But I also wanted to carry her words with me across the world. Her people had scanned one of humankind’s last virgin, 60-mile viewsheds about 7,000 years ago. I explained this in Spanish. She sat at her window, knotting her fingers, peering out at the inky chop, enunciating objects and animals in a dying a language that sounded more like lapping water than something human—words that are sinuous and supple and sheer. She was trying to remember.

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  1. Carmen
    January 22, 2013

    I am so moved and don’t have the words to even express that. You are gifting us with yours. Thank you.

  2. Dave Pond
    January 23, 2013

    Message from Sherry–feet and eat, Brother!

  3. Medardo Prieto
    January 23, 2013

    Paul: te recibiremos en Colombia como dentro de 5 años. Seguiremos tu travesía

  4. Antonio
    January 23, 2013

    I think I’ve missed the start. 🙁 Still, here I am. Hope to make it to the end with P. Completely stunning. I’m excited. Godspeed, Mr. Salopek. And thank you!

  5. Antonio
    January 23, 2013

    Perhaps your posts/reports could be numbered and dated?

  6. Paolo (Milano)
    January 24, 2013

    Best wishes for your epic journey. I enjoyed the first posting and look forward to many more. Take care.

  7. Marcia
    January 25, 2013

    My fifth grade class is very curious and excited about your trip. I cannot wait to show them your first post today. We are all wishing you the very best and I look forward to following your journey with my classes for years to come. Godspeed, Mr. Salopek!

  8. Adley M. Hossain
    January 25, 2013

    It’s always ONE STEP that moved civilization forward! …….I’m with you.

  9. Michael
    January 25, 2013

    I ‘d always dreamed of walk through the world but never carried it out.Good luck to you! And may you enjoy your Walk!

  10. Marsha
    January 25, 2013

    I am brought to tears, by the loss of our Eden, by the last sounds of a language that sounds like water, by your vision. Thank you for walking for us all.

  11. Gabe
    January 25, 2013

    Looking forward to following this journey. Safe travels!

  12. shan gao
    January 25, 2013

    Your life is truly meaningful! I am greatly moved by your seven years of walk plan.

  13. Stefan Szepesi
    January 25, 2013

    What a wonderful (first?) blog entry. I’m looking forward to reading a million steps in 7 years

  14. Diane
    January 25, 2013

    I am so grateful to your spirit of adventure and to the technology that allows me to follow you. Part of human history is the expansion of humanity and part is the expansion of our communication. Thanks for joining the two in this adventure. Starting with a story of a language and a landscape highlights the communication history and the physical history.

  15. Alexandra
    January 25, 2013

    Best of luck & thank you for sharing your experiences!

  16. Carol Rigolot
    January 25, 2013

    It is a joy to read these poetic reflections and to follow the epic journey. Bon voyage.

  17. Michael Hunter
    January 25, 2013

    What an amazing adventure, thank you for sharing

  18. grant peeples
    January 25, 2013

    I am thrilled to be taking this trip with you. I wish Joseph Campbell were still with us to weigh in. Don’t forget to write!!!!!

  19. Robert
    January 25, 2013

    counting on your long form writing here and looking forward to it all – walk on brother

    • Paul Salopek
      January 27, 2013

      A core goal of the walk is to slow readers down. To create a contemplative space, a refuge where the joys of long-form storytelling can be savored. One requirement for this is time. Time to gather string. Time to weave the tale. My editors and I are working on the question of pacing. Most likely, long form pieces will appear every three to four weeks. (The first may be on the quest for human origins in Ethiopia as fiercely carried out by the scientists of the Middle Awash Project.) All longer stories will emerge on the basis of my ability to ramble through them. Solvatur amulado, as Diogenes said: It is resolved by walking.

  20. Laura
    January 25, 2013

    Good uck over the next 7 years! We will be following your journey online!

  21. Jane
    January 25, 2013

    “Walk in a good way. Walk tall and powerful as you are meant to be, for times and times to come.” — a blessing given by a Greenland Eskimo friend

  22. Adrienne
    January 25, 2013

    I will be watching your steps, and maybe repeating a few of them one day. Good luck!

  23. Oddie
    January 25, 2013

    If I can find you would it be cool for me to tag along for a leg of the trip? Seems like a cool thing to do and I kinda like walking. Enjoy!

    • Paul Salopek
      January 27, 2013

      Your enthusiasm is like a tail wind. Thank you. There may be stretches of the route ahead where walking companions from far and wide are welcomed. This journey, and the larger point of your request, is about the trail we’re all walking together into the future. But for the moment, my storytelling method requires solo immersion. I hope you will understand. Your own walks are as interesting. Port them as well. We will walk together digitally, at the iambic beat of our information age: 010101.

  24. Cuauhtemoc Moreno
    January 25, 2013

    “You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.”
    William Hazlitt
    Godspeed mi hermano,

  25. Phil
    January 25, 2013

    Best of luck!

  26. M. Greg M.
    January 25, 2013

    Best wishes Paul. We will live vicariously through your sense of adventure, courage and correspondence.
    PS. Given the context of the adventure (man’s trek from his origins to the outer reaches, 50,000 to 75,000 years ago), the reference to “Out of Eden” seems a bit out of context. Good luck Paul!!

  27. Rebecca
    January 25, 2013

    I can tell that the minute and miraculous discoveries of your journey will be matched by the beauty of your writing about them. What a treat – thank you.

  28. Bill George
    January 25, 2013

    You will have to take every step. I plan to read every word. Thank you, brother.

  29. Lucid Gypsy
    January 25, 2013

    I am in total awe of you and the long path you have chosen Paul. Walk safely with those light footsteps and that open mind will bring you many priceless encounters.

  30. mary lou russell
    January 25, 2013

    I am taking a walk along with you as much as I can. At 75 years, I can only enjoy it vicariously and that I intend to do!

  31. April
    January 25, 2013

    I am so excited to hear about you and your journey. I wish you peace and safety through out the next 7 years!

  32. Alistair Dunn
    January 25, 2013

    Paul, wonderful to get your first field report. Good luck and safe travels on your magical journey, mil besos

    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for your gift! Keep on!!!

  34. Vali
    January 25, 2013

    I am really excited about your trip and i can’t wait to see all these places. (through your eyes).
    I wish you the best of luck. And have a great time while you’re at it.

  35. Stan Kearl
    January 25, 2013

    So Paul, How many shoes/boots do you expect to go through?

    • Paul Salopek
      February 3, 2013

      I have no idea. Shoes can be replaced. I’m more concerned with retreading ideas. 

  36. Art Roche
    January 25, 2013

    Paul, you are my eyes and my feet. I will await every one of your dispatches, trace your progress on my stationary wall, and think of you often.

  37. Barbara DiIorio
    January 25, 2013

    I am with you in spirit and relish your adventure. Will co-opt it as my own. Cannot wait for your next post. Travel safely and happily.

  38. RG
    January 25, 2013

    I am fascinated by this and will follow throughout but I am curious to know why Europe does not feature on the route? An awful lot of our ancestors went that way.

    • Paul Salopek
      February 3, 2013

      You’re absolutely right. Europe was populated by anatomically modern humans soon after they left Africa. I have a physical constraint, however: My knees have to last until Tierra Del Fuego. So I’ve opted to turn right instead of left in the Levant. Walking through Paris will have to wait for the next project.

  39. Gabriele Nesta
    January 25, 2013

    This is a very moving story and i cannot wait for each and every update. What a journey! What a wonderful idea. Thank you for doing this and sharing it with the world.

  40. Connie Quigley
    January 25, 2013

    Looking forward to the experience of this journey through your posts. Who knew spending time with Ruth in her last year, would open this door!

  41. Dan Hazen
    January 25, 2013

    “…absorb meaning from our days at the loose-limbed gait of three miles an hour.”

    A beautiful thought, especially when so much of humanity screams that there is no such thing as “meaning”. As a fellow (but less ambitious) wanderer, I will be praying for your safe and meaning-filled journey.

  42. Mary Benanti
    January 25, 2013

    I too am moved by this adventure.
    safe travels, my friend.

  43. Kela
    January 25, 2013

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to see your journey. Thank you for being brave enough to do it, and to share it with those of us who can’t do it ourselves!

  44. Jack de Wilde
    January 25, 2013

    I’ve walked long distances a great deal of my life, but this is the ultimate challenge. Godspeed Paul.

  45. JIM DUNN
    January 25, 2013

    Thanks for allowing me to tag along on this epic journey. i hope that we both live long enough to reach the terminus.

  46. Penny Moody
    January 25, 2013

    As a retired teacher I hope there are many teachers who will take advantage of your amazing journey. I am looking forward to following your posts and pictures. Keep safe and enjoy the ride–or should I say walk.

  47. Marica
    January 25, 2013

    Best wishes and good luck!

  48. Jessica Henry
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for doing and sharing what will enrich thousands-may you be blessed until we hear from you again!

  49. Michael Gaudet
    January 25, 2013

    The magnitude of the journey is matched by the simplicity of your heart. All the best to you.

  50. Paul Jackson
    January 25, 2013

    Delighted to be able to take this journey with you. My thoughts and gratitude are with you, Paul. What a gift to all of us!

  51. Tessa
    January 25, 2013

    You’re sharing your walk with so many of us. I find it quite humbling
    and so wonderfull. Let’s go!!

  52. Heather
    January 25, 2013

    Those of us who suffer from wanderlust understand this journey. Soak in every moment. We will be here waiting and listening. Thank you for sharing this with the world. Take care!

  53. Adam
    January 25, 2013

    Godspeed! Incredible idea.

    FWIW-If you can see 60 miles to the horizon you are extremely tall.

    s = sqrt(2rh+h^2)

  54. Rob Hirsch
    January 25, 2013

    I wish you Peace, Love and Adventure on your journey. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your dispatches along the path.

  55. Ali M Sinane
    January 25, 2013

    A wonderful idea, that will help to heal the world and make it a better place. Courage.

  56. Nan
    January 25, 2013

    How incredible this walk is going to be. My class of third graders are very excited to follow this journey from start to its seven year finish.

    • Paul Salopek
      February 3, 2013

      Thanks for your enthusiasm. My educational partners, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Project Zero will be sharing the walk with schools in the U.S. and abroad. Please keep an eye
on their websites for developments. (The Pulitzer Center even has a free curriculum built around the walk.) Warm regards to you and your students.

  57. alan pg safran boston ma
    January 25, 2013

    I love this. Thank you so much for your concept, your effort, and your words. All three are exhilaratingly inspiring.

  58. Antonio Lugris
    January 25, 2013

    Buen viaje!!!One step at a time

  59. Glen Smeltzer
    January 25, 2013

    Paul, I am so proud of you. Forget about the novel I encouraged you to write. You had melded your love of science, people, and writing into one incredible adventure. I will be following you every step of the way. God bless you.

  60. John Carter
    January 25, 2013

    I’m envious of your quest Paul nad hope everything goes well for you. Cheers John

  61. Crystal Whitmore
    January 25, 2013

    Best wishes! Will be following with interest.

  62. Joseph Durham
    January 25, 2013

    God speed on your journey, we all look forward to your observations 🙂

  63. John McClatchie
    January 25, 2013

    May a God protect your feet in your walk through history. My soul rides shotgun for you. Maybe we can meet in Patagonia.

  64. Ana Maria Botero
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn, thru your journey. I from Colombia will be so happy to see you, when you come to our country. Would love to walk with you!

  65. Ven
    January 25, 2013

    Hi Paul ,
    I was wondering , how I can correlate to the project , and it stuck me next seven years, i am going trace my life and family journey with you .
    Best of luck

  66. James Mattiace
    January 25, 2013

    We shall see you in Panama City in 5 years, give or take. Safe travels.

  67. Cdrgran
    January 25, 2013

    So happy to follow as your companion on this trek! Looking forward to each journal entry. Good Luck!

  68. Lynne Glore
    January 25, 2013

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feelings about the folks you meet. I walked across our state last fall so I have a bit of an understanding of your adventure. You are an inspiration to all.

  69. Ronald Vallee
    January 25, 2013

    Mind boggling challenge, Paul! Sincere best wishes and thanks for sharing the saga,

  70. Celeste Mondo
    January 25, 2013

    I am honored to share the walk and look forward with great anticipation to reading your posts throughout the journey.

  71. Don Davies
    January 25, 2013

    Truly inspirational. Wish i could be walking with you but will follow your journey every step of the way. Good luck and safe journey.

  72. Carlo
    January 25, 2013

    In Italia si direbbe in bocca al lupo!!
    Spero di vedere il tuo prossimo post presto.

  73. Bou
    January 25, 2013

    Estupendo! Buen suerte!

  74. Glenda collings
    January 25, 2013

    “The sum of it all is this. Walk and be healthy. Walk and be happy”. Charles Dickens. I am inspired by your undertaking and so enjoy you prose. Safe travels.

  75. Brucette Beitz
    January 25, 2013

    I am thankful to follow you on this trek. So wish I were walking with you, but will wait with held breath to read your posts. Safe travels, my friend.

  76. Corinne
    January 25, 2013

    I too missed the start…Paul what day did you start. Best Wishes to you on your amazing adventure. Will be watching…I am interested where my life will take me in 7 yrs. We know where you will be.

  77. Mary Ehle
    January 25, 2013

    So happy that you are sharing this journey. Take LOTS of pictures!

  78. Margaret Koletsou
    January 25, 2013

    My students have just finished a class project based on ‘The Journey of Man’ by Spencer Wells describing how our forefathers left Africa. It is our privilege to be able to follow you now on this truly epic journey just as our ancestors did 50,000 years ago. We are all with you in spirit!!!

  79. Navanee
    January 25, 2013

    Awesome..!! All the best

  80. dolcini roberto
    January 25, 2013

    thank for the journey that you give me
    good luck

  81. Alexa Kasim
    January 25, 2013

    Best of luck. I’m looking forward immensely to reading about your quest. Thank you!

  82. Jim Brady
    January 25, 2013

    My cultural geography students will be following your walk through the years. To the journey!

  83. Susan O’Connor
    January 25, 2013

    one step for man a giant leap for all mankind. good luck my brother

  84. Pranshu Tejankar
    January 25, 2013

    wish u all the best..maybe through this journey..we all end up discovering ourselves

  85. Collette
    January 25, 2013

    I am watching my 2 yr old Ethiopian adopted grandson sleep as you walk amongst his country people’s…God be with you amd all you meet. I’m walking silently and slowly and reading every word you post. Thank you!

  86. Barbara Robinson
    January 25, 2013

    I am honored to share your walk, will be waiting for the next installment, take care.

  87. Daffodil
    January 25, 2013

    I took a nap this morning and woke up to this great surprise! What a wonderful day to be alive and be a part of your Journey, Mr. P! Keep on and know that you have with you my enthusiasm, my thoughts following each of your steps.

  88. Peter
    January 25, 2013

    Who can say what wonders await you, or what the world will be like by the time your journey ends? I wish you all the very best and I hope to follow you along this epic adventure at walking pace through your words and images. Thank you for your vision, courage and determination.

  89. Jane
    January 25, 2013

    What a fantastic journey, I am jealous, but more so with you in spirit and pulling for you and all the people who will touch you and whom you will touch. Drink it all in!

  90. Carla
    January 25, 2013

    My 6-year old daughter and I are following your journey. She can hardly fathom that you will not finish walking until she is 13 years old!

  91. Mary
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for sharing what you glean from all your senses throughout your wondrous journey.

  92. Laurie
    January 25, 2013

    What a gift to be able to share this journey with you. Thank you, thank you. May the miles be kind…

  93. Monique Saint-Amand
    January 25, 2013

    Quelle aventure virtuelle extraordinaire nous avons la chance de vivre grâce à vous, Paul! Looking forward to learning so much. Walk softly and safely!

  94. Blanca Pinon
    January 25, 2013

    May blessings and love keep you company and safe on your wonderful walk. Will keep in step with you.

  95. Laura
    January 25, 2013

    Happy travels and safe journey. Wow! I’ll be 50 when you finish…

  96. Nancy
    January 25, 2013

    Beautiful! Hoping your journey reminds us we’re all together in this world and to be kind to one another!

  97. J Feldman
    January 25, 2013

    Best wishes to you for a safe and wonderful journey!

  98. Louis morin
    January 25, 2013

    Un gros merci de partager cet extraordinaire projet. Que tout se passe bien! Affection, Louis

  99. Kim
    January 25, 2013

    It seems you have quite a crowd walking with you if only in spirit, me being one of them! I’m so excited. Please occasionally tell us about the clouds you see.

  100. Janneke
    January 25, 2013

    Walk with the love of God

  101. Shanti van Iersel
    January 25, 2013

    As you can read here, Paul, you will never walk alone! Except for all of us, may wonder and peace be your heart’s companions.

  102. Annmarie
    January 25, 2013

    Inspiring. Keep healthy and safe. There are many people with you even if you cannot see us.

  103. Anne
    January 25, 2013

    What a gift you are giving mankind. Your poetic words are a source of peace, of wonder. Godspeed.

  104. macquac68
    January 25, 2013

    WOW! I am humbled by you and your journey. I am so looking forward to be walking behind you.

  105. shawn olsen
    January 25, 2013

    paul, remember to hydrate. “reminds me of the the first step on the moon”

  106. Wilma
    January 25, 2013

    God’s protection & blessings be with you. You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your travels with us.

  107. Carol Cooperrider
    January 25, 2013

    Paul, I can’t think of anything more worthwhile doing, or anyone more capable of doing it. Thank you! Greg and I will be watching.

  108. Sergey
    January 25, 2013

    Happy journey!! В добрый путь!!

  109. Paul Bayliss
    January 25, 2013

    Good luck Paul. Looking forward to following your journey and introducing my children Ellie, age 6 and Liam, age 2 to what you’re doing. I hope it will inspire them to travel.

  110. Redfox01
    January 25, 2013

    I plan on being with you in spirit for the next few years. Please show me the way,

  111. J. Humberto Sturione
    January 25, 2013

    My friend, I am chilean so I live in the last country you’ll visit in your long walk… I’d like to know if I am able to join you when you reach my country. For then, I’ll be able to do something like that, I’ll have finished my career and I’ll have a few resources. God bless you, man. Regards from Chile.

  112. Darliss
    January 25, 2013

    What a wonderful undertaking. I am eager to “walk” with you.

  113. Alex Mack
    January 25, 2013

    Your journey should be an inspiration to all.

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  115. Kirk
    January 25, 2013

    Bravo, Paul…you carry the thoughts, hopes and aspirations of millions with you on your epic trek. Good luck…we’ll follow your progress along the way!

  116. Usha venkat
    January 25, 2013

    I always had a passion for walking but could not do so for various commitments, now i will be walking through your eyes and story, best of luck, joining for the next 7 years-usha

  117. Elisabeth Hildebrand
    January 25, 2013

    This is a great thing to do. But please bear in mind the Rift is no Eden. Way too hot and dry. Modern humans were probably taking refuge in the Ethiopian highlands, which are cooler and wetter than the Rift – and THEN crossed the Rift and moved on out. Please see Brandt et al. in Quaternary International 274:38-54 (2012).

    Several teams of archaeologists under an umbrella grant from the German Science Foundation are exploring sites and human behavior on the path out of Africa. Feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with people & info that could be helpful.

    • Paul Salopek
      February 3, 2013

      You are spot on. As you note, people likely used the mountains repeatedly as refuges from harsher conditions in the rift. Moving north along these highlands is one possible migration route out
of Africa. Another is along the Nile Valley to the west—the “green corridor”—alongside the more congenial environment of the river. My understanding, though, is that the Rift Valley also was wetter and more habitable in periods when it likely funneled our wandering ancestors toward the Red Sea. Please do put me in contact with the researchers you mentioned—I’ll be addressing all these possibilities in the print article resulting from my fieldwork. 

  118. Sandra
    January 25, 2013

    May the Lord walk with you on this epic journey.

  119. Anne
    January 25, 2013

    I see and imagine through your words and pictures. A beautiful gift.

  120. martin jose alvarez
    January 25, 2013

    Seas bendecido por dios en tu camino que nos recordara nuestra historia, cuando pases por Mexico te celebraremos lo mejor que podamos quienes te reciban

  121. Linda
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for allowing us to travel with you…your notes and photos are a true gift. I am with you for the full 7 years!

  122. Bill Lynch
    January 25, 2013

    Paul, If you can stand it. It would be very interesting to occasionally collect DNA samples people your meet along the way and have them anonymously analyzed and then posted online as reference data to the humanity and terrain that your chronical. Good luck. Stay well. Give my cousin a poke when you see her next! Looking forward to your next posting.

    • Paul Salopek
      February 3, 2013

      I agree that DNA sampling would add a fascinating layer to the journey that made us fully human. I am in fact harvesting the work of others in that field—the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project included. (Last I saw of your cousin, she was driving away in a Land Cruiser—possibly one with air-conditioning.)

  123. Jay Hartman
    January 25, 2013

    is it too late for me to join you for the journey?? email me at

  124. Atsuko Tsujita
    January 25, 2013

    I feel like I am walking with you. Safe journey. Good luck!

  125. Bill
    January 25, 2013

    What a thrilling journey! I am looking forward to following it to its conclusion.

  126. Clever Bautista
    January 25, 2013

    Eres de los grandes paul, como nuestros ancetros y tambien como los grandes exploradores Españoles y sin dudarlor como el gran revplucionario Ernesto Cheguevara que exploro el Africa y Suramerica para dejar su semilla. Tú tambien dejaras tu semilla por donde pases. Gracias Paul.

  127. Erika Newland
    January 25, 2013

    From the dates you provide here it seems that approximately 43-63 thousand years passed between the first humans leaving Africa and the first humans arriving in Tierra Del Fuego? Is this the approximate timeline of human history you will be covering in your seven year journey? Safe travels and thanks for taking us all along!

  128. Wang Xiaopang
    January 25, 2013

    Thank you for your wonderfull dispatches. I am always thinking of going somewhere I’ve never been before when I am young.

  129. Jason Flyt
    January 25, 2013

    Bravo, sir. This is akin to landing on the moon. Keep the focus!

  130. Lilly
    January 25, 2013

    God speed and thank you. I will be with you in spirit along the way. Thank you for doing this.

  131. umair sajid usmani
    January 26, 2013

    This journey will be a reflection of undying human spirit and courage. It will also show that with the passage of time we have not got any lesser that our ancestors. Thanks for representing our genaration!

  132. Sabrina Baissas
    January 26, 2013

    Oh, this post already brought me to tears. This has to be one of the most fascinating and wonderful projects I may have ever heard of in my life. I am a lifelong lover of both long-distance walking and anthropology. I agree wholeheartedly that there is something deeply human about walking. And there is perhaps nothing more I would love to see in this world than the concrete, physical traces of our human history, something we mostly only read of in books. I wish I could walk along with you, even if for just a short stretch. Good luck. I hope to follow you for the whole next seven years.

  133. Scott Warren
    January 26, 2013

    Know that we are with you in spirit every step of the way.

  134. charles Montier
    January 26, 2013

    I look forward to following your incredible journey and learning about all the amazing places you pass through and people you encounter!

  135. aquilina
    January 26, 2013

    best of luck in every step of your way

  136. Imran Zaka
    January 26, 2013

    Best of Luck for your Journey and Thanks for taking us along with your posts. Hope you will pass through Pakistan before entering India.

  137. Asad- Adli
    January 26, 2013

    Hello Mr Paul : Godspeed and be safe , your journey should be best in history . I follow you

  138. Andreas Skitsa
    January 26, 2013

    Well done, see you on the other side! good luck and enjoy this unbelievable experience!

  139. Chairul Bahri
    January 26, 2013

    Wonderful and inspiring journey. Looking forward to see your path of Eve meeting Adam shortly.

  140. Barbara Standley
    January 26, 2013

    I am struggling to express my feelings of gratitude to you and to all those who have, and will, support you on this fascinating journey. When we travel about, it is always best to go slowly, to savor the people, animals, and plants, the path, the mountains, the water, the plains. Walking is the way to bring it all into your heart, and for you to share with all of us is supremely generous.

  141. Linda
    January 26, 2013

    I was just talking to my son the other about how long would a human take to walk on our planet. He is 13 years old and ask me this question. I will now share with him this amazing journey. We are following you

  142. Irma Sáenz
    January 26, 2013

    Su jornada habrá de tomar parte de nuestra historia…buena suerte Paul!

  143. Corey
    January 26, 2013

    Really stoked for you. Hope I can meet you on your way through china!

  144. Betty
    January 26, 2013

    Best wishes!

  145. Jonathan Miller
    January 26, 2013

    Thanks you Paul for allowing us to vicariously walk with you on this journey! May your feet be strong and your moleskin protect them!!!

  146. Barbara S.
    January 26, 2013

    What a commitment…I hope I’ll still be alive at the end of your journey.

  147. Kathy Howells
    January 26, 2013

    So thrilled to be traveling along on this journey.

  148. Mike Cantle
    January 26, 2013

    I am totally inspired by your exploration of the path our forbears took.

  149. Joann Lee
    January 26, 2013

    Be strong, be safe. Thank You so much for sharing your journey, I feel like I am with you.

  150. Thilo Eisenhauer
    January 26, 2013

    May the Force be with you!

  151. Mike Cunningham
    January 26, 2013

    Good Luck Mate. I will try and walk beside you at some point over the years.

  152. Lois Heritage
    January 26, 2013

    You will see and experience “The Awesome”!!

  153. William Thomas
    January 26, 2013

    Paul, as a student of history and a partial world traveler myself, I pray you God speed and safe journey as you experience the world and its people.

  154. Gary Boivin
    January 26, 2013

    I have long-contemplated what it might be like to walk the greater part of the Earth’s landmass. The eldest child part of me would be hard put to justify such a walk, in my own life, but for an anthropologist to do so is a major service to mankind. I salute you, Mr. Salopek, and may your knees serve you fully in this endeavour.

  155. Mark Williamson
    January 26, 2013

    What a wonderful & beautiful journey to undertake! Safe travel Paul!

  156. Keith Ruffles
    January 26, 2013

    What a fantastic journey – I’m sure there’ll be plenty of ups and downs over the next seven years and I’m looking forward to reading all about them.

    I just wish I could join you..!

  157. Lance Diskan
    January 26, 2013

    Bon Voyage, Paul ! You begin auspiciously with a quote from Rumi. May the dervishes protect you on this journey. I look forward to sharing the years ahead. And a reminder: the Hopi caution to always give an occasional look-back so you can make sure the rows of corn are straight. Even though you’re ‘meandering’, stay oriented and you’ll make it back to the home-fires. Be well – Lance (in Flagstaff)

  158. Nima
    January 26, 2013

    I am very glad to know you have undertaken this remarkable journey, and am truly inspired to use my own steps as vantage points for knowing this world.

  159. carole enright
    January 26, 2013

    “It is solved by walking” St augustine and you. Thank you for this amazing adventure, you are uniting us all; filling our lives and hearts with joy and knowledge. Buena suerte.

  160. Shashi Kallada
    January 26, 2013

    Your walk represents entire humanity’s walk through history. Best wishes!

  161. Half-Slow
    January 26, 2013

    Just like our ancestors some 70,000 years ago, may you sense that indomitable spirit, granted on each step.

  162. Jack Falk
    January 27, 2013

    Much strength to you, Paul. I look forwarded to welcoming you when you reach Oregon. (From a friend of Frank Teruggi.)

  163. Isabel Santos
    January 27, 2013

    Good luck. Thanks for your journey.

  164. Porter
    January 27, 2013

    What an adventure! I hope to see you when you pass through the American Southwest! Need a walking companion? 🙂

  165. pam
    January 27, 2013

    Fantastic journey – so exciting. Good luck and look forward to reading more.

  166. Susan Holmen
    January 27, 2013

    To quote Martin Luther King: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Unknown experiences await you and I can’t wait to hear about them.

  167. Scott Lambert
    January 27, 2013

    Hello Paul,
    This is a journey that I have imagined somone making one day. It really is an awesome undertaking and I wish you all the best. Also, I will endeavour to keep up with your progress.

  168. Bill Cayley
    January 27, 2013

    I understand the through walkers on the Adirondack Trail may go through 3 to 5 pairs of boots on the 2200 + mile trail. I wonder how many Paul will go through in 7 years.

  169. Juergen and Judith Engelhardt
    January 27, 2013

    Walking europe every year has taught us to treasure the peace, joy and heightened awareness….we’re with you every step of the way

  170. Jonathan Allen
    January 27, 2013

    I will be following your bold journey with my sons aged 7 and 5. Fascinated to know who we”ll be when you arrive and what part your gift has played. Be safe..

  171. Rick Schnurr
    January 27, 2013

    What a meditation you will have. I am looking forward to your inner discoveries and your sharing. Will you be traveling down Vancouver Island when you proceed down the west coast of North America. If so, I look forward to waving to you.
    Rick in Victoria, BC

  172. Ashenafi
    January 28, 2013

    Am going to be 30 on August.I will probably will be 37 when you finish.I wish i came along with u and do some thing meaning full with my life.from Addisabeba.

  173. AVERY
    January 28, 2013

    What an exciting way to see, smell, feel, taste, live and partake of our mother earth. God speed and look forward to future posts.

  174. lorna
    January 28, 2013

    I have been following the research and stories of the genographic project since I first sent in a cheek swab. I wondered if someday someone would retrace our steps from Africa. I am so glad to have found this site as Paul starts his journey. Many are with him in spirit

  175. Mats
    January 28, 2013

    Very exciting. I am planing to walk a longer distance myself and when I checked your route I found that there is a possibility that our paths will cross. In Turkey or somewhere in the middle east. Would be very interesting to explore the possibility of maybe meeting? Depends very mush on your planed time frame.. I will be leaving Stockholm in the beginning of May, and had planed to walk to Sydney, Australia in somewhere around 3 years. You can check my progress on my blog, and I will try to keep track of your progress here. If you are at all inerested in meet ing along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  176. MARITA
    January 28, 2013

    Hola Paul:I do not like the name of your walk ¨Out of Eden¨.
    El nombre de tu viaje”Out of Eden”, Afuera del Paraiso, no es de mi agrado.El ¨Paraiso¨ no existió nunca , ni ahí ni en ningún otro lugar de la tierra .Además tiene asociaciones religiosas.Y eso deja ¨afuera¨ a mucha gente.
    Y la idea es incluir y no excluir, ¿verdad ?.
    Preferiría el nombre ¨ Afuera de la Cuna y hacia el Mundo¨.En inglés algo así como ¨Out of Cradle and to the World ¨.
    ¡ Buena Suerte ! ¡ Good Luck !

  177. Enrique Velasco
    January 28, 2013

    Mucha suerte en esta gran odisea, esperamos presenciar su paso por California y tal vez caminar con usted por algunas millas.

  178. marie m. steele
    January 28, 2013

    make GOD

  179. ALBA
    January 28, 2013

    Paul felicitaciones te acompañamos

  180. Kirk
    January 28, 2013

    I have read Slavomir Rawicz’s “The Long Walk” about his escape from prison in Siberia to freedom in India. Next to the adventure that Paul Salopek just embarked upon – Mr. Rawicz’s walk will seem like a Sunday “stroll through the woods”. I have added this web-site to my favorite bar and am looking forward to the next 7 years of insights into our Humanity.

  181. Helen Williams
    January 28, 2013

    Paul, I tuned into NPR halfway through your interview, and the longer I listened to the story, the more I kept thinking, “That sounds like something Paul Salopek would do.” And sure enough, it was you!
    You are a uniquely gifted person with a profound interest in and empathy for your fellow man. I know this 3 mph journey will be an unforgettable trek for you and those you meet. Thank you for your posts along the way. Lee and I are both following and thinking of you.

  182. Mary J.
    January 28, 2013

    Truly inspiring. Walk and talk for all of us left behind.

  183. Alamdar Husain Arastu
    January 28, 2013

    You know the road and the journey’s end. Our ancestors did not know that. Your walk will confirm for us and our ancestors both the road and the journey. As you walk I walk with you in my mind.

  184. Karl
    January 28, 2013

    Look forward to hearing of your travels. They will be our travels also. Thank you.

  185. April
    January 28, 2013

    This a fantastic journey and I’m looking forward to following for seven years. I was wondering if it is possible to hear a tape of your conversation with Cristina Calderón. Your description of the sound of the language Yaghan really made me want to hear a tape of it. Let us know if that is possible. Safe travels!

  186. Raju Kane
    January 29, 2013

    The idea is mind blowing and your commitment to seven years of life to the project is simply incredible. Go safely my friend! All my best wishes are with you. I will be with you all the way!

  187. Arlene
    January 29, 2013

    I am so impressed yet envious at the same time 🙂 Thank you for sharing your journey with the rest of the world! I will try and “walk” with you as long as my young boys will allow me from their busy schedules 🙂 God bless you all!

  188. Richard S. Hall, Ph.D.
    January 29, 2013

    Bien viaje, Pablo. Tu pies son muy fuerto 🙂

  189. Heather
    January 29, 2013

    Amazing and inspiring…safe travels.

  190. Chris Adams
    January 29, 2013

    One step, one vision, one man…many changed. You will illuminate the tendrils that connect us all both in this time and all human time. Thank you and Godspeed!

  191. antoine
    January 30, 2013

    Please fix the RSS link? It points to “”, which my reader does not recognize as even containing a link to RSS

  192. Sunil Maru
    January 30, 2013

    A great daring journey into the past, and hope to receive more information on your journey in future. Will you give the honor of the afar, Ahmed Alema Hessan to accompany you all the way to tierra del fuego? I hope you do and best of luck, paul and ahmed.

  193. Raghu Nathan
    January 31, 2013

    Paul, great project and best of luck. I shall follow you on the net all the way till 2020. Thanks for this real time updates.

  194. Heather
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Paul!! Its Heather from Chicago/Ethiopia 2004. Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you!. Hope you have a great trip and are wearing comfortable shoes. ;).

    • Paul Salopek
      February 4, 2013

      Thanks, Heather. As you may recall from our assignment, my feet were always stronger than my head. Say hello to all our comrade voyagers in Chicago.

  195. Moulika Arabhi
    February 1, 2013

    You are an inspiration to many of us, your perseverance is so motivating…we are with you in this journey.

  196. Jajabar
    February 1, 2013

    Can I join ? I am serious if there is any chance to join this epic trekking 🙂

  197. brigitte spelberg
    February 1, 2013

    you are such an inspiration for us, each of your pace is a gift for us.Thank you.

  198. kathie
    February 1, 2013

    amazing – wonderful – bravo ! ! !

  199. Sara
    February 4, 2013

    Enjoy yourself and by your words we will have the same breath! i’m with you!

  200. Paul
    February 5, 2013

    By walking into the past you are stepping into our future. We are all one. Keep up the good work!

  201. renee
    February 7, 2013

    WOW good for u

  202. Jon Shaw
    February 7, 2013

    So I’m Mormon and this might be weird to everyone else but we Mormons believe the Garden of Eden was in….Missouri. What if we somehow turn out to be right? Poor dude thinking it is in Africa! No but really I get it…awesome trip; I will be checking in on this!

  203. rolo
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  204. Debbie Hamilton
    February 7, 2013

    I admire your passion and wish you the best.

  205. Vijaya managoli
    February 8, 2013

    Hats off to you. brother we are with you During the expedition and after too

  206. Karen J Montalvo
    February 11, 2013

    I can’t explain what watching this journey means to me. Luckily I’ve caught it, the greatest “tv series” ever, from the beginning and will wait for each new installment with avidity!
    Best wishes on your journey for health, happiness, and productivity.

  207. Megha Gunti
    February 14, 2013

    I admire your passion. The most fascinating and wonderful projects I may have ever heard in my life. I am a lifelong lover of long-distance walking. I agree wholeheartedly that there is something deeply human about walking. And there is perhaps nothing more I would love to see in this world than the concrete traces of our human history, something we mostly only read in books. I wish I could walk along with you, even if it is just a short stretch. Good luck. I hope to follow you for the whole next seven years.

  208. Taylor Chen
    February 18, 2013

    Follow your footprints. Let’s walk.

  209. Howard
    March 18, 2013

    What a beautiful journey Paul.

    You should have a look at Miyere Miyandazi’s modern-day Walk for Humanity. With part Maasai heritage he has walked thousands of kilometres around Southern Africa carrying nothing but an ancestral calling:

    Then there is Alexandre and Sonia Poussin undertake to walk the length of Africa entirely on foot, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee. In a three-year trek along the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, their goal is to symbolically retrace the passage of early Man, from Australopithecus to Modern Man. They wrote two beautiful books on their travels.

    May the wind be at you back and the road gently welcome your feet…

  210. Howard
    March 18, 2013

    The links for Sona & Alex’s journey:

  211. cynthia naudziunas
    March 20, 2013

    I honor you from Chicago where I do my walking with my dog companions. May your days be filled with all you have hoped for.

  212. stephanie klinkhammer
    March 27, 2013

    Hi!!!! your friend patrick wellever is my teacher’s son. Mrs.Wellever is my teacher!!!! shes awesome!!! i’m really surprised you are doing this your so brave!!!!! b.t.w. the email is my friend camdens. he is pressuring me to say that lolz. keep walking , and ill keep praying 🙂

  213. L. John Daniels
    April 6, 2013

    Kudos, Paul, just the idea alone is genuinely priceless, never mind the actual doing of the thing… may you now proceed to show us all how far beyond our mere and still emerging humanity we have to (and can) travel in order to become the truly humane beings and caretakers for it all that we surely can be, if we just choose to evolve in that direction, which we also can do, even at this quite late date…
    my most sincere good wishes and best thoughts walk with you on every step of your wonderful journey… LJD

  214. Jerzy
    April 21, 2013

    Extremly inspiring journey! I am keeping my fingers crossed for You. Best of luck and big thanks for will to share Your experiences with us. All best from Poland!

  215. Katie
    April 26, 2013

    Thank you so much for documenting your journey. I am truly inspired by people like you.

  216. Salman Siddiqui
    May 15, 2013

    This is something else. Nat Geo continues to amaze me every other day. I know I am late but now I am going to read all your posts and follow your journey till the very end. Reason? Well, I agree with the fact that their is too much information out their but we aren’t consuming everything because of its vast size.

    Someday somewhere our paths will surely cross. Hope to click your photograph that day.

  217. Marco Aurélio da Silva Junior
    May 16, 2013

    Good luck my friend I hope you here in Brazil!

  218. Sasha Alekzandr
    May 23, 2013

    I was looking through articles about Africa on the internet for a school project when i found this and i have so say WOW, this sounds like an amazing journey and i hope you continue on with it. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  219. Pye Phyo Aung
    May 29, 2013

    I wish I could walk with you!

  220. Ruthy
    October 10, 2013

    Wow! This is such a cool project!

  221. Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey
    November 22, 2013

    I’m so happy to find this. I wish I had been following it all along.

  222. jonathan snell
    November 25, 2013

    Just found this blog today. Look forward to the journey. It all ready calls me to walk even more/

  223. Anurag
    November 27, 2013

    I just started following your journey.Ever since I heard about the story I wanted to know more about you about your experiment, your adventure. Thanks for making this dream a reality which I will live through your journey.

  224. wilfredo Auroel Rivera
    December 21, 2013

    I believe , you believe , we believe, amen

  225. Jim Kasper
    December 22, 2013


    This is, without a doubt, the coolest thing I have ever heard of.

    May 2014 be a good year for hoofin’!

  226. Azucena
    December 29, 2013

    This sounds like the most fascinating adventure ever! I just wish I had known about it before to follow you since the beginning.

  227. Sandra
    December 29, 2013

    You’ve been walking a year, and surprisingly, I just came upon this endeavor in the article you authored in NG, “To Walk the World.” I wish you well on your walk about across our changing planet. Your writing is both moving and vivid, and you have captured my heart and imagination, and I hope to catch up and follow your future tracks across the cultural and natural landscapes traced in your blog. Thank you, for this irresistibly descriptive and heart moving chronicle of your journey; it’s already changing my perspective of our past and present world!

  228. ornella
    January 8, 2014

    good luck

  229. Lee
    January 11, 2014

    I would not have believed this if I had not followed it.

  230. Joanna
    January 14, 2014

    I love this idea. It`s so much inspirational. Safe walking. Godspeed.

  231. Marguillier Bruno
    January 25, 2014

    Totally jealous… You are living my dream. I’m with you every step

  232. Shirley Craig
    February 1, 2014

    Thank you so much for walking for all of us. It’s the Super Bowl here tomorrow go hawks

  233. FighterOf TheNightMan
    February 6, 2014

    Have fun with that truck load of mustard you ordered

  234. Linda Stepp
    February 6, 2014

    At last I have found the first step! I sincerely wish I had found it when it began rather that at Stone Music. Paul you are carrying so many of us along with you and it is likely most of the world will be there with your final step in Chile. Many blessings and peace; may your journey be more than you could have dreamed!

    • Paul Salopek
      February 13, 2014

      This might be my project, but it’s not my journey only. It belongs to all of us. Happy to have you join us, Linda.

  235. Brij Singh
    February 12, 2014

    We love you and wish your safe Journey for all of us! We all have come from somewhere else in the world and today I learned on ” Nature” program on PBS that we build home to stay but when we become hungry due to shift in climate or other natural disaster, we are forced to move on to where we get food. Luckily, you are going on your own wishes! Have safe journey!
    Brij, Chattanooga, TN, USA

  236. Hiroki Udagawa
    February 28, 2014

    I was touched by his journey, take care!!!!

  237. Marina
    February 28, 2014

    I’m so exited about your journey, Paul. I hope you have fun during your trip!

  238. Takeshi Iso
    February 28, 2014

    I’m so impressed about his journey, take care and have a nice trip.

  239. Alena
    February 28, 2014

    i am really exited about your journey! You are doing a great job!I am looking forward to see new posts.

  240. Anton
    February 28, 2014

    Very impressive decision to take this trip. As everyone here I am very impressed and wish you good luck!

  241. Dasha.D
    February 28, 2014

    This is a wonderful project.It is very informative and interesting journey.I enjoyed reading about new places. I`m waiting for new articles.

  242. Andree
    February 28, 2014

    I hope I can walk with you someday!
    Good luck! and I like this idea

  243. judy
    February 28, 2014

    I am glad to listen your trip, take care!

  244. ve_ta
    February 28, 2014

    very useful and encouraged information! thank you

  245. Haruna
    February 28, 2014

    It’s very interesting journey!! I hope you enjoy the journey.

  246. Martin
    February 28, 2014

    Best wishes Paul. We will live vicariously through your sense of adventure, courage and correspondence.
    “Africa’s Rift Valley sometime between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago.”

  247. Ivan Y
    February 28, 2014

    Paul, Pleases take care of yourself. I was very touched by the action what you have down. Your goal is very brave and cool. Pleases go on and take care.

  248. Emilio
    February 28, 2014

    It’s greatly job! I think that you will achieve your dream. Take care

  249. weiwei
    March 1, 2014

    I think this travel make me feel very exhaust. But I think in this journey we can understand and see many things. Your goal let me admire. I wish you will achieve your dream. I also learn that if you have a dream, no matter when you start. If you wish that thing will come true, you should not give up also you need to try hard to do your best.

  250. Hikaru
    March 2, 2014

    I want to your journey because i will be able to learn many thing from your journey. Take care and have a good journey!

  251. Bel romero
    March 2, 2014

    This is an extraordinary experience and one of the most important challenge for a person to face, so I following this adventure I will enjoy the Paul Salopek experience.

  252. Bel romero
    March 2, 2014

    This is an extraordinary experience and one of the most important challenge for a person to face, so I following this adventure I will enjoy the Paul Salopek experience. it is a big opportunity to revive the travel of our ancestors.

  253. Peter Forsberg
    March 4, 2014

    Could you please make it easier to go directly to the dispatch, just by adding “next dispatch” for instance?

  254. Lisako
    March 5, 2014

    It’s a good job!
    I hope you will continue to tell us about your journey.
    Take care.

  255. Rona Simmons
    March 9, 2014

    Just joined running to catch up

  256. Rona SimmonsRona
    March 9, 2014

    Follow, follow, follow

  257. Laura
    March 26, 2014

    I just joined your journey while catching up on National Geographics which I read from cover to cover no matter the subject. I will follow your journey from start to finish all the way now that I have found you. What a wonderful way to learn of our world and all that is in it. Safe Journeys!

  258. huqingyuan
    April 24, 2014

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn, thru your journey. I from Shanghai China will be so happy to see you, when you come to our country. Would love to walk with you!

  259. arixl
    April 28, 2014

    “I can barely dog paddle.” Lol you’re so funny. And it’s cool that you speak Spanish.

  260. Animalgirl
    April 28, 2014


  261. Vicki Jordan
    May 16, 2014

    So enjoyable to travel with you, Paul!

  262. Leigh R. Hendry
    May 31, 2014

    Wow! I’ve never see so mant comments; but, that’s as it should be. What a phenomenal concept! I guess when we quote the old phrase, “I’ll be with you every step of the way,” we need to mean it. Looking forward to living vicariously through you as you navigate your way around our not-so lonely Planet. Best wishes.

  263. Max
    August 4, 2014

    It is a wonderful story of human migration over the centuries.Good article, and shure with many dificulties,My congratulations to the writer

  264. IBRAHIM
    August 22, 2014


  265. RDleofluff
    October 15, 2014

    I learned about the rock badlands, and the camel men and what they do.

  266. Studio1RedBank
    November 15, 2014

    I am enjoying your articles so much that I have gone back to the beginning to read the ones I have missed. So wonderful to get your insight into the problems in Syria and Turkey and to hear the voices of those who live there.

  267. Shshank Sharma
    November 16, 2014

    Discovered your journey in the December 2014 issue of National Geographic. All the best!

  268. Fernando Castro
    November 27, 2014

    “Caminante no hay camino se hace camino al andar” Buena suerte en tu viaje caminate.

  269. Rachael
    December 8, 2014

    I admire your determination and will to undergo such a journey. I’m in 9th grade and in school we are learning about heroes and quests and your 7 year journey is definitely no exception. You have inspired me and I’m sure many others. Your journey is starting to give us more meaning about the migration of our ancestors and for that I am beyond excited to learn more about your trip and encounters along the way. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to read into your trip as you take it. I wish you good luck as you continue your truly amazing journey.

  270. Leroy Brown
    January 4, 2015

    Great! Very educationl

  271. Ron Cicotte
    January 15, 2015

    I’m saddened and amazed that I am only just learning of this historic and inspiring event. I have some small appreciation for your theme based on some rather sizable bicycle tours and I certainly appreciate the difference a pace can make.

    Thank you for your commitment. I look forward to your stories with great anticipation.

  272. Tony
    January 28, 2015

    I’m so glad to have found this amazing & profound journey..

  273. Bob Smith
    January 30, 2015

    You should add a hidden camera along the way.

  274. Chico
    February 4, 2015

    Dude!!!!!!u r a beast!!!!! U r really inspiring a lot of people over in America!!!!!!!! Never stop and never give up!!!!!! If u can take it u can make it!!!!!!!

  275. René Maas
    February 16, 2015

    I have only today learned of this project.It is an interesting enterprise.
    As of today,I am about 2 years behind.I have just read the first piece.It will be fun to follow this journey.
    Also I am using Google Earth to get a more close up view of nations,places and landscapes.

  276. Liyat Haile
    February 19, 2015

    7 YEARS!!! Wow, I hope you manage to safely complete this journey as it has so much to offer to humanity! I’m glad I came across your blog albeit a bit late.

  277. alcooke
    February 26, 2015

    I am wondering why Europe is excluded from the walk. It seems to me that somewhere on the route out of Eden paths diverged east and west. When people met again in North America thousands of years later there seemed a distinct difference in attitudes about the environment and ownership of “real estate.” It also seems you are leaving a big gap in tracing human development.

  278. Christine Geer
    March 20, 2015

    May I please sign up for each and every posting from Paul Salopek?

  279. Lily P
    March 27, 2015

    I regret that I’m joining you two years after you have started the walk. But I’m looking forward to a spectacular journey that lies ahead and I consider myself very lucky that I’m going to be a part of it. Thank you for doing this for so many of us. I’m going to experience and learn so much about so many countries, the people and their spectacular cultures 🙂

  280. TW
    April 1, 2015

    Some of this was funny, some was not. Can’t wait to see Paul soon. :-)xx

  281. Ena Rivera
    April 17, 2015

    I am excited with this trip. I have losen Part Two, but anyhow, I love it.

  282. Christine Geer
    May 5, 2015

    This journey is an example to those of us who might tend to give up owing to various infirmities.

  283. annie
    May 18, 2015

    I just discovered this blog. I’m so excited for you and jealous of you. What an amazing adventure

  284. Paul
    July 9, 2015

    thanks for making us part of your journey

  285. Amba Mugve
    September 21, 2015

    I was born and brought up in Kenya and am delighted that my students and I are a part of your project. All the best Paul – we shall eagerly be following your journey.

  286. Alan Doenges
    October 28, 2015

    Although I am late to your adventures I am very interested in the journey God speed

  287. Starr Belsky
    November 10, 2015

    Just saw on PBS Newshour a segment covering your most recent footfalls. What a treat to travel such an open-ended path with you! Walking is the freest, most alive way to move on the earth. I look forward to reading an archived entry each day to catch up with you. Thank you and National Geographic and any other sponsors.

  288. Marce` K
    November 12, 2015

    Just starting on your backlog of posts. I won’t comment on each one, but thank you for leaving these delicious bread crumbs for we who are lagging behind to follow. I hope to be all caught up by the new year. Thank you for taking this journey and allowing us to tag along.

  289. 2knives
    November 15, 2015

    tempus fugit…

  290. Karen MacArthur
    November 24, 2015

    I am thrilled to learn of your adventure through PBS and just beginning to catch up through this archive. Thank you National Geographic and other sponsors for this unique project. I love the “Glances” you post..they are meditative in their basic way. Walk on and be safe….as we live vicariously through you on this journey.

  291. 58weddingdress
    January 3, 2016

    May I please sign up for each and every posting from Paul Salopek?

  292. dlinshoes
    January 4, 2016

    Good luck my friend I hope you here in Brazil!

  293. Nurul
    January 5, 2016

    I am few year late but i am glad I found this project than never! Praying for your safety and will definitely follow your steps to the end, InshaAllah (by God’s Will) . Stay strong and be safe, great man.

  294. Dressgme
    January 14, 2016

    Some of this was funny, some was not.

  295. Jessica
    January 20, 2016

    Looking forward to travel over the world, good job, my friend!

  296. pradeep
    January 21, 2016

    Thanks so much for sharing all of the excellent travel. This is a 2 good post. I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences.

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    August 10, 2016
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