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Walk across America: complete

December 08, 2011
  • Former Coastline Pilot photographer Kent Treptow steps onto the Oak St. view deck for his first close-up look at the ocean after he walked across America this past summer. He passed through Laguna for his last full day on the road.
Former Coastline Pilot photographer Kent Treptow steps… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

After 175 days, about 3,400 miles and at least 10 pairs of shoes, Kent Treptow's walk across America finished with fanfare in Huntington Beach on Saturday.

Treptow, a former staff photographer for the Coastline Pilot and its sister papers, began his on-foot, cross-country journey June 12 in Maine. From the road, he regularly blogged detailed accounts of his adventure and the people he met along the way.

He carried only a backpack and, for part of the way, used a baby jogging stroller to carry some of the load. When it came to finding a place to sleep, he relied on the kindness of strangers, a network of friends across the country, motel rooms and, most often, just setting up his tent wherever he could find a suitable spot.

He arrived in Laguna Beach on Dec. 1, two days away from his eventual goal: the Talbert Channel on the border of Huntington and Newport Beach.

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A crowd of well-wishers, which included former co-workers and family, were there to welcome him back with high-fives, signs and a trophy. After greeting everyone and saying a few words about his accomplishment, all he wanted to do was take a splash in the Pacific Ocean. Who could blame him?

Congratulations, Kent!

To read more about his adventure, visit http://www.kenttreptow.com/blog.

—Kelly Parker

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