Zac Happydud Cohns Summer Parkour Adventure

For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to wander. Every few months I’d come up with an idea. Last year I spent about a week trying to figure out how long it would take to walk across the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific (ending in San Fransisco, because it’s the best city that side of New York City).

For the few past month or so, I’ve been planning a Cross-country Parkour tour for this summer. Within the past month, it’s really taken off. I’m going to be crashing on traceurs’ couches, chairs, beds, and floors. I’m going to be hitting up as many of the national jams as possible, and visiting as many local communities as I can. I’m also planning on buying a camcorder (read: already bought it, waiting for it to be shipped!) and making a documentary about the whole trip. Kind of a “This is how America trains!” sort of thing.

These are the cities I’m planning on going to, most likely in this order:

Ann Arbor/UofM
San Fransisco
Oklahoma City
San Antonio
West Palm Beach
Athens, GA
Chapel Hill

I’m currently aiming for it taking about 7-8 weeks. I’ll be starting in DC with (B)East Coast at the end of May, but then I’m hanging around the area until the Philly jam on June 6-7th. From there I’m headed back to NJ/NYC with Jesse/Hardcoretracuer, and I’m using his house as a base of operations until PKNY. So lucky NYC, I’ll be around for two and a half, three weeks!

After that will be the Chicago jam, and then a general wandering across northern America until I hit Seattle, then down the West Coast, across the South, and then back up the Eastern Coast until I get back to DC. Sadly, I’ll be missing most of the non-eastern coast jams (Madison, Texas, Colorado). I’ll still be going to all these places, I just can’t make the dates work. Oh well!

This trip should be pretty awesome. There will be pretty regular updates as to my progress, and then hopefully sometime in late August I’ll have the final cut of the documentary done and released.

If you think you can make it to one these places, let me know! I look forward to meeting as many traceurs as possible!

Written on January 15, 2008