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"Smoke break" a four-thousand miles

August 27 2010

14961.jpeg Downshifting as a phenomenon has long been known, and seemingly a new word in this alluring area of tired managers say anymore. But 30-year-old Brooklyn engineer Matt Green could not. When he felt his head quite blurred because of the work, he just got up from his desk and walked aimlessly.

"I'm going ventilated head" - Matt said, and has since been aired for 128 days. During this time he was almost four thousand kilometers of rugged terrain, making a walk, which will end on the Pacific coast in the U.S. state of Oregon. His journey, Matt is very happy. "When you go at a speed of five kilometers per hour, the eye for all those little things that you can not see out of car windows, because they flit by, as colored spots," - says Greene, who is now in Montana and there is going to buy new shoes , is the third since the start of the path.

From a traveler in a wheelbarrow filled with the most necessary things - waterproof clothing, jerky, insect repellents and a shocker that the owner of the hardware store in New Jersey, advised to get Matt to scare away stray dogs and if you suddenly need, wild bears. Aboard cars decorated with a small placard with the inscription "Maybe we'll never meet again."

Mr. Green's action is notable for the reason that he left an engineer in urban planning, not because it earned enough money to continue relatively comfortable existence daunshiftera. Moreover, the former sloggers not have any definite plans to travel where he spontaneously went: leaving home, Matt is not even made a list of attractions that he would like to see on the road. "I'm going to literally nose. I look around and enjoy what I see. Travel for travel - that's how I see it" - he explains.

14960.jpeg Green, a native of Virginia, has long felt a craving to change places. His favorite way to spend the weekend has always been a trip to a city to start him for two days up and down. And in 2006, Matt joined the team of experimenters, who set a record by riding across the New York subway system in the shortest time.

Now, on the contrary, enjoys a versatile leisure travel. Pictures of everything that seems to be interesting - rusty mailboxes, twisted cans, piles of debris. Snapshot of an American puts in his blog.

Matt sleeps in a tent that sets up where it is necessary, unless, of course, some friendly locals do not offer him shelter for the night. In North Dakota, he stayed in a monastery in Wisconsin - the home of former mathematics teacher, who made a guest puppet show with puppets from his collection, and in Indiana - a Amish family.

Some people are wary traveler and try to keep their distance, but many are glad of his arrival, sleep inquiries and released only on products with full bags. "It's amazing, but I'm not even trying to start too many new friends, learned a lot of people," - says Green.

Ekatherina Svetkina

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