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(Gap Year)   Real life Forrest Gump walks across the USA in 178 days and grows a wicked beard   (gapyear.com) divider line 92
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2012-10-03 08:33:34 AM  
Get a job, hippie!
 
2012-10-03 08:37:50 AM  

"Run Forrest run!" It's probably one of the most well know quotes from any film.


"Well know"? Really?


Can you remember the part of the film where Forrest decides to run and just keeps on running? Well this story is a bit like that apart from one thing - it actually happened.

One day Nick Kleckner decided to go for a walk.


*facepalm*
 
2012-10-03 08:38:57 AM  
If that doesn't inspire you to drop everything and go on a gap year, then nothing will!

Nothing will.
 
2012-10-03 09:22:35 AM  
Hero tag fail.
 
2012-10-03 09:42:28 AM  
Forrest Gump ran across the US.
here is a guy why tried that recently, but given that his last blog post was from Louisiana on April 27th, I'm guessing things didn't quite work out. It was Kind of a Big Deal among my running friends when he came through Austin.
 
2012-10-03 10:53:50 AM  
God I hated that farking movie.
 
2012-10-03 11:05:57 AM  
Came across this story the other day, read as many of his tweets as I could then read his blog. Very cool story and damn impressive he made it especially once he was going northwest out of Dallas where any sort of shelter starts getting harder to come by.
 
2012-10-03 11:06:55 AM  
Rich people sports.
 
2012-10-03 11:21:06 AM  

Godscrack: Rich people sports.


Actually the guy started the trip with no money.
 
2012-10-03 11:47:37 AM  

WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.


But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.
 
2012-10-03 11:59:38 AM  
I prefer driving long distances. I've already gone east to west and back across Canada. I'm planning the Churchill Falls loop from Baie Comeau to Lab City and I'd love to drive as far south from Inuvik as possible... which is Panama or Costa Rica.

/In my 1998 Cavalier
//Beast Mode
 
2012-10-03 12:04:12 PM  
I am sure this guy is loving being equated to a retard.
 
2012-10-03 12:05:17 PM  

Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.


Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.
 
2012-10-03 12:06:23 PM  
That's the same amount of TNG episodes.
/why yes, I am a dork.
 
2012-10-03 12:07:02 PM  

Mugato: God I hated that farking movie.


America hating communist.
 
2012-10-03 12:07:15 PM  
Unemployment does have advantages.
 
2012-10-03 12:08:08 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Godscrack: Rich people sports.

Actually the guy started the trip with no money.


He's got a magic free smart phone to tweet with?
 
2012-10-03 12:08:50 PM  
Terry Fox would not be impressed
 
2012-10-03 12:10:23 PM  

serial_crusher: Forrest Gump ran across the US.
here is a guy why tried that recently, but given that his last blog post was from Louisiana on April 27th, I'm guessing things didn't quite work out. It was Kind of a Big Deal among my running friends when he came through Austin.


Looks like he made it too.
 
2012-10-03 12:11:46 PM  
ts4.mm.bing.net
Yea, it's called being a bum.
 
2012-10-03 12:11:58 PM  

coeyagi: I am sure this guy is loving being equated to a retard.


That's "Hypochromosomal-American", asswipe.
 
2012-10-03 12:12:21 PM  
He bought a ticket to Florida and then walked back? yeah.. thats not just all of a sudden starting to walk and then deciding not to stop. Thats at the least a little planning ahead.
 
2012-10-03 12:12:34 PM  
Can you remember the part of the film where Forrest decides to run and just keeps on running?

Isn't is usually "Do you remember?"

Unless they're testing for Alzheimer's...
 
2012-10-03 12:14:41 PM  
Shiat happens.
 
2012-10-03 12:15:16 PM  
So a guy takes a 178--day vacation, doesn't work anywhere and doesn't pay his own way, survives off bumming other people for his food money?

Doesn't sound like a hero to me, sounds like a self--centered tramp.
 
2012-10-03 12:16:17 PM  
I prefer to let my fingers do the walking.

/nothing. That's what I got.
 
2012-10-03 12:19:29 PM  
I suspect actual vagrants and migratory workers have done this before, without the publicity.

Still, its a cool story that would be better without the comparison to the fake story.
 
2012-10-03 12:20:14 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

This guy ran. With cancer.
 
2012-10-03 12:20:28 PM  
Except,,, not.

They start out trying to play it like it was something he did on a whim. He started walking and just didn't stop they said.

Bought ticket to Florida and walked back to California. Planned. Scripted.
 
2012-10-03 12:22:30 PM  

randomjsa: Except,,, not.

They start out trying to play it like it was something he did on a whim. He started walking and just didn't stop they said.

Bought ticket to Florida and walked back to California. Planned. Scripted.


Yeah. What a complete asshole.
 
2012-10-03 12:25:13 PM  
My wife bought me a signed first edition of Forrest Gump for my birthday, since I had never read it. The movie is nothing like the book. Only a few scenes have any similarity. Not in the book: Forrest running across America. Not in the movie: Forrest farking Jenny silly on a regular basis. Bubba is a white boy Forrest met at UAB. Capt. Dan is really quite cerebral and gentle. And Forrest's momma is a neurotic mess.
 
2012-10-03 12:27:45 PM  
For a similar story check out 'Kintaro Walks Japan'. It's about an American guy, Tyler, who wanted to prove how much he loved his Japanese/American girlfriend so he walked the length of Japan for her. He actually was on the Amazing Race after this and won with his friend BJ. His girlfriend, now wife's father, George Meegan, was actually a sort of celebrity in the 70's-80's when he completed the longest unbroken walk in human history from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost point in Alaska.

The actual movie: Link

The Wiki article about it: Link
 
2012-10-03 12:28:06 PM  
I asked my son about walking the AT. He asked why the hell we would want to do that.
 
2012-10-03 12:30:10 PM  

coeyagi: Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.


Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Forrest?
 
2012-10-03 12:31:32 PM  

JackieRabbit: My wife bought me a signed first edition of Forrest Gump for my birthday, since I had never read it. The movie is nothing like the book. Only a few scenes have any similarity. Not in the book: Forrest running across America. Not in the movie: Forrest farking Jenny silly on a regular basis. Bubba is a white boy Forrest met at UAB. Capt. Dan is really quite cerebral and gentle. And Forrest's momma is a neurotic mess.


Will you underline the fark scenes for me?
 
2012-10-03 12:32:53 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I prefer driving long distances.


This this and more this.

I have to take a long sojourn every year, if for no other reason than having 10 hours in a car to drive somewhere, knowing you can't really do anything until the drive is done does wonders for clearing your head. There's just something about being alone on the road that makes you extremely introspective.

Some of my faves have been:

STL to Las Vegas, solo, no non-gas stops, 23 hours, ~1600 mi.

Vegas to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with wife and dog, 9.25 hours, ~700 mi.

STL to Savannah, GA, solo, 11 hrs, ~800 mi.

It's a beautiful country, and it's hard to see from the window of an airplane at 35k feet. I'm pretty stoked about setting a new personal best this spring for total distance- I'll be moving (driving) a Jaguar convertible from Saint Louis to Seattle, WA- I really wanna see if I can cover ~2100 mi in less than 30 hours.
 
2012-10-03 12:33:43 PM  

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: JackieRabbit: My wife bought me a signed first edition of Forrest Gump for my birthday, since I had never read it. The movie is nothing like the book. Only a few scenes have any similarity. Not in the book: Forrest running across America. Not in the movie: Forrest farking Jenny silly on a regular basis. Bubba is a white boy Forrest met at UAB. Capt. Dan is really quite cerebral and gentle. And Forrest's momma is a neurotic mess.

Will you underline the fark scenes for me?


Why, of course. Dirty minds must be preserved! Forrest was also a professional wrestler in the book, known as The Dunce.
 
2012-10-03 12:37:35 PM  
Gump ran. David Carradine walked. While using kung fu to kick peoples' asses, and playing a flute he whittled from some kind of invasive Asian grass or reed.
 
2012-10-03 12:39:00 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com

Better story
 
2012-10-03 12:39:02 PM  

Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.


he was an electrician and a cabbie. I don't think he was storing money in the caymans.

/CSB
My cousin is a lot like this. He has hiked the the Appalachian, PCT and is always out hiking around for weeks at a time. He works as a personal trainer, makes enough to go on a trip then leaves. He says he is still trying to figure out what he wants to do but i think he has it right. And I was supposed to be the cousin that would become "somebody" and here I am stuck in middle mgmt posting to FARK.
/end CSB
 
2012-10-03 12:39:59 PM  

Loaf's Tray: coeyagi: I am sure this guy is loving being equated to a retard.

That's "Hypochromosomal-American", asswipe.


No, Forrest Gump wasn't endowed with extra chromosomes, he was just retarded. Dropped on head, water on the brain, not enough oxygen in the womb, random developmental problems as a feus - you name it, but it was never spoken or suggested that Forrest was a "Child of Trisomy".
 
2012-10-03 12:43:08 PM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: he was an electrician and a cabbie. I don't think he was storing money in the caymans.


Bet he still carried his id. Real men don't need id when they hobo across the country.
 
2012-10-03 12:44:26 PM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: Godscrack: WhyteRaven74: the guy started the trip with no money.

But he still had money. Real poor people just don't get up and walk across the country as a publicity stunt.

They'd get thrown in jail so fast for vagrancy, trespassing and a list of other trivial laws targeted to keep poor people out of sight.

he was an electrician and a cabbie. I don't think he was storing money in the caymans.

/CSB
My cousin is a lot like this. He has hiked the the Appalachian, PCT and is always out hiking around for weeks at a time. He works as a personal trainer, makes enough to go on a trip then leaves. He says he is still trying to figure out what he wants to do but i think he has it right. And I was supposed to be the cousin that would become "somebody" and here I am stuck in middle mgmt posting to FARK.
/end CSB


I had a friend in high school who was very much the same way. He was a stoner, but he loved to ride bicycles. He rode 30 - 60 miles daily and 200 mile weekend rides. He worked, saved money and then went on long bike trips. He rode around the perimeter of the US, all over Europe, and around the perimeter of Australia. He was going to do Asia, but his knees were tired of the pounding. One would think he as just a stoner, jock loser, but he is now the dean of students at a rather nice college. Go figure.
 
2012-10-03 12:45:07 PM  
What a bunch of negative coonty blowhards you all are in this thread.
 
2012-10-03 12:45:10 PM  

Blackbird: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x432]

This guy ran. With cancer.


That was Canada, you still win. I was going with this guy

assets.trailspace.com
 
2012-10-03 12:47:42 PM  

grinnel: coeyagi: Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.

Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Forrest?


God didn't make Forrest - I did.
 
2012-10-03 12:53:13 PM  

coeyagi: grinnel: coeyagi: Forrest Gump, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.

Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Forrest?

God didn't make Forrest - I did.


Who the hell are you?
 
2012-10-03 12:53:20 PM  
Forest was just running away from aids. Jenny really was a peice of sh**. "I didnt love you Forest til I found out I was dying."
 
2012-10-03 12:53:57 PM  

Rastapopulous: His girlfriend, now wife's father, George Meegan...


This confused me for a bit.
 
2012-10-03 12:55:09 PM  

kertus: Terry Fox would not be impressed


Came to make a similar statement.
 
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