‘I’m more authentic:’ Detroit native Mike Posner completes his walk across America

‘I am not the same person I was when I started,’ Posner said

Mike Posner performs on stage during KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum on December 9, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for KROQ/Entercom)
Mike Posner performs on stage during KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum on December 9, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for KROQ/Entercom)

DETROIT – Singer songwriter Mike Posner walked across America for a total of 2,851 miles.

He started in New Jersey on April 15 and finished Friday in California. He said part of the reason he began his walk across America was to inspire others to seize the day.

"This journey has completely changed my life and how I think of myself and where I live. I get all the credit but in reality there's so many people that have helped me along," Posner said on Facebook.

The trip took him around six months and the trek didn't come without challenges. Posner was bitten by a snake in August as he made his way through Colorado. He was airlifted to a hospital, stayed there for a couple days and had to put a pause on his walk.

Before finishing his walk, Posner posted this on Facebook:

"Guys I'm nearing the end here. It's time for me to focus up. There are lots of people congratulating me and asking me how it "was" and I'm not even done yet. I don't even know what this experience means in the context of my life yet. I do know that I am not the same person I was when I started. I'm harder. I'm more authentic. I'm more real. I'm more myself. That's the only trophy I need. Keep going."

Guys I’m nearing the end here. It’s time for me to focus up. There are lots of people congratulating me and asking me how it “was” and I’m not even done yet. I don’t even know what this experience means in the context of my life yet. I do know that I am not the same person I was when I started. I’m harder. I’m more authentic. I’m more real. I’m more myself. That’s the only trophy I need. Keep going.

Posted by Mike Posner on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Click here to see where his journey took him.


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