"Fat Dog To The Big Apple" was a silly idea I had a couple of years ago. It was partly an incentive for me and my soft-coated wheaten terrier, Amy, to exercise more, and partly an experiment in virtual travel. As we took our daily walks along the street of West Yorkshire we would aggregate the weekly total and transfer the mileage to Google Earth in the form of an American transcontinental walk : from Los Angeles to New York. As we traveled we would use the full resources of the internet to experience - as far as a virtual traveler can experience - the places we visited and we would publish a weekly record of our journey. In one ridiculous experiment we could get fit, discover fascinating things about America, and test the limits of virtual travel. In the three years since the adventure started, there have been stops and starts and long periods of inactivity. However, we have traveled up the Pacific coast as far as mid Oregon. The latest report comes from Dunes City, Oregon. Future reports will be published on the dedicated Fat Dog Blog.
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