Walking Across America: Ostdick nearly 300 miles in

Retired science teacher is making his way back to California to promote connecting to county to national trail system
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Local adventurer Jim Ostdick, the retired high school science teacher who is walking across the United States from east to west to bring attention to and raise money for the effort to connect San Benito County to the national historic trail system, this week visited a Civil War site prior to camping at Licking Creek Camp on Friday night.

Ostdick is chronicling his journey on a blog as he follows the American Discovery Trail across America over the next eight months. He told BenitoLink by email Friday of his progress:

"This week I took a slight detour off the Canal to walk through Sharpsburg MD to the Anitietam National Battlefield," Ostdick reported. "That was the scene of the Civil War's bloodiest battle where 23,000 soldiers perished. Very sobering. The National Parks Service has done a top notch job of preserving the history, educating the public, and respecting the fallen."

Ostdick says he is "right on schedule" on his journey, for which he has walked 264 miles so far. He expects to enter the mountains of West Virginia in a few days. "That will be a real test!" he said.

Read more about Ostdick and his effort here.

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.