Walking Across America: Crossing the Mississippi

Ostdick passes the 1,000-mile mark on his journey from the coast of Delaware to San Benito County
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Jim Ostdick, who is walking across the country to raise awareness about … reported to BenitoLink that he hit his "biggest milestone thus far," crossing the Mississippi River into Davenport, Iowa and passing the 1,000-mile mark.

"The riverfront trails along the Mississippi are gorgeous," he said. "Despite a lot of rain and stormy nights, I am making good progress, right on schedule. Oh, and I'm on my third pair of shoes, in case anybody's counting."

Ostdick, a retired San Benito High School science teacher who lives in San Juan Bautista, is on a journey designed to build the R.E.A.C.H. endowment funds through the Community Foundation for San Benito County and raise awareness about the value of parks and trails.


Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.