We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches that intersect our dreams the way highways connect the city dots on a road map. But in the end we learn that life is lived in the side roads, alleys, and detours.
Alan Christoffersen's diary
My name is Alan Christoffersen and this is the second journal of my walk. I'm writing from a hospital room in Spokane, Washington. I'm not sure how you came to be holding my book—truthfully, I don't even know if you are—but if you're reading my story, welcome to my journey.
You don't know much about me. I'm a thirty-two-year-old former advertising executive, and sixteen days ago I walked away from my home in Bridle Trails, Seattle, leaving everything behind, which, frankly, wasn't much by the time I started my trek. I'm walking to Key West, Florida—that's about 3,500 miles, give or take a few steps.
Before my life imploded, I was, as one of my clients put it, "the poster child for the American dream"—a happily married, successful advertising executive with a gorgeous wife (McKale), a thriving advertising agency with a wall of awards and accolades, and a $2 million home with horse property and two luxury cars parked in the garage.
Then the universe switched the tracks beneath me, and in just five weeks I lost it all. My slide began when McKale broke her neck in a horse-riding accident. Four weeks later she died of complications. While I was caring for her in the hospital, my clients were stolen by my partner, Kyle Craig, and my financial world collapsed, leading to the foreclosure of my home and repossession of my cars.
With my wife, business, house, and cars gone, I packed up what I needed to survive and started my walk to Key West.
I'm not trying to set any records or wind up in any newspapers. I'm certainly not the first to cross the continent by foot; I'm at least a century too late for that. In fact, the first attempt was made more than two hundred years ago by a man named John Ledyard, who planned to walk across Siberia, ride a Russian fur-trade vessel across the ocean to (what is now) Alaska, and then walk the rest of the way to Washington, D.C., where Thomas Jefferson would warmly greet him. Such are the plans of men. Ledyard only made it as far as Siberia, where Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, had him arrested and sent to Poland.
Since then, no less than a few thousand pioneers, prospectors, and mountainmen have crossed the continent without air-cushioned walking shoes, paved roads, or, unbelievably, a single McDonald's.
Even in our day there is a sizable list of countrycrossers, including an eighty-nine-year-old woman who walked from California to Washington, D.C., and a New Jersey man who ran from New Brunswick to San Francisco in exactly sixty days.
Nearly all of these travelers carried causes with them, from political reform to childhood obesity. Not me. The only torch I'm carrying is the one for my wife.
From MILES TO GO by Richard Paul Evans
Copyright © 2011 Richard Paul Evans
Join Richard Paul Evans on a very special adventure. For the next five years, travel with him across America in The Journal of The Walk, the first series he’s ever written. It’s the physical and spiritual odyssey of Alan Christoffersen, who lost everything—his job, house and love of his life, his wife—at the same time.
Desperate to escape his pain, Alan leaves his home in Bellevue, Washington, determined to walk to the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida.
The first step in Alan’s journey was The Walk. The second step is Miles to Go, where Alan meets Angel, a young woman who helps him heal after he is seriously injured. Alan knows Angel is special because his deceased wife came to him in a dream and told him they would meet. But why is Angel important, and what’s the truth behind the terrible secret she’s hiding? And while Angel helps Alan heal physically, can he aid her with her deep spiritual wounds?
Alan Christoffersen’s walk is a metaphor for our own lives, with the tragedies we must endure and the choices we face in responding to them. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share, will hopefully save his life. And Alan just might save some lives, too.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Simon And Schuster, Inc. ( April 05, 2011 )
Item #: 13-334735
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I have read all 3 books. The Walk, Miles to Go and Road to Grace. They have all been so good and definitely encouraging. Can't wait until the fourth one comes out in 2013.
Reviewer: Jackie G
I've read all three books; hope so much that there is a fourth! I ordered all three at once; consequently I didn't get any house work done for days! Read the first one in one day and sat up most of the night reading the second one and looked forward to reading the third. Now I check constantly to see if there is a fourth one coming out (please!) Great reading, great lessons learned, makes one think about their own life's journey while also reminds them to not only be thankful for what they have, but to cherish it as well.
I have read all three books in this series, ending with The road to grace, and I loved all 3. I can't wait until the spring of 2013 for the next book. I recommend these to everyone. They go straight to the heart and will make you cry. I look forward to reading more by Richard Paul Evans...............
I am not quite finished with this book yet (reading it now!) but am almost done reading it and this is my second day in. That is how good these books are. What I love most about Miles to Go is that I can relate to it. It just renews my own belief in my journey through hardships that God does put people in our paths for a reason, and that the best way to help heal ourselves is to help heal others. Funny, heartfelt, tragic at times, but mostly a story about hope, redemption, Grace, and humanity. For me, A reminder of how loving a God we have that He knows who to bring in to our path at the right time to meet a need. I have experienced it multiple times during my own "walk" and have enjoyed reading a book that fits so well with what I have seen in my own life.
I have just finished reading this book. I enjoyed every moment reading it. I read the first book of this series "The Walk" in one day. This one took two only because of not having time to finish it the first day. I wish the next book in this series would be out sooner than next year.
Reviewer: Hannah D