KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Jonathon stalls and his dog, Kanoa began their trek in Lewes, Delaware. The pair planned to pace all the way to San Francisco, California. If they’re calculations, and feet hold true, they hope to arrive sometime in November of this year.
Step-by-step, Stalls and Kanoa are raising awareness for Kiva : an organization that lends money to entrepreneurs around the globe.
Stalls said he always loved the simplicity of walking with just a backpack full of supplies, a practice common in Ireland where he lived for a year. The residents there often travelled without knowing where they would eat, sleep or who they might meet. That thrill of the unknown soon had Stalls under its spell.
"I got pretty used to having, you know. I knew where my bed was. I knew where my house was. I knew where I'd get food,” said Stalls. “And so to not have that and kind of be dependent on your environment was attractive."
Stalls says he was amazed at the support he's seen. By the time he reached Kansas City, he had been walking for more than 100 days. In all that time, he only needed to camp out eight of those nights. Friendly locals along the way welcomed he and Kanoa into their homes to help him recharge.
No different in KC. Stalls spent Friday night at the Westport Coffee House giving a seminar on Kiva.
Saturday morning, Stalls and Kanoa plan to hold a five mile walk from the Riverfront to Loose Park.
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