B.J. Hill is hardly the only person to make a coast-to-coast
walk through livable, lovable Lodi for one cause or another. Here
are some others who ambled through Lodi, including some who took a
shorter north-south route:
Feb. 28, 2005: Tim Hatch, 53, who lived in
Central Washington, planned to take his 6-year-old donkey, Rosie,
to a town 80 miles northwest of Houston in 2005. They made stops in
Woodbridge and Lodi along the way.
During a stop at the Arco station in Woodbridge, Debbie Vestal
and her husband, Richard Wilson, discovered Tim and Rosie walking
across the Mokelumne River bridge at Woodbridge Dam about 4:30 p.m.
They decided immediately to go home to their ranch east of Lodi and
bring back some oat hay for Rosie.
However, according to Hatch’s website, www.donkeywalk.com, the
journey ended in Wilcox, Ariz., due to tumors in Rosie’s neck that
were inoperable and slowly began to interfere with her
April 2005: A group of Armenian students
marched from Glendale — via Lodi — to Sacramento to commemorate the
anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
July 2005: Ventura teacher Chip Fraser walked
450 miles — also stopping in Lodi — to talk to then-Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger about the effect of budget cuts on schools.
March 23, 2006: Joe Schriner, who called
himself “Average Joe,” walked through Lodi during his third
campaign for president of the United States. He registered as an
independent and waged a write-in campaign.
Schriner said at the time that he wanted to reduce pollution,
crime and poverty. He also proposed giving taxpayers a direct say
on how the government spends 25 percent of the taxes they pay.
Feb. 13, 2008: Fifty American Indians walked
cross-country to raise awareness for Indian issues. They were
headed to Washington, D.C. Like marchers three decades ago, their
goals included promoting social justice along with protections for
the environment and American Indian burial grounds, several walkers
told the News-Sentinel that day.
April 9, 2008: Rick Hammersley, a colon cancer
survivor, walked through Lodi to promote cancer research. He left
Bodega Bay with his wife, Valda, on April 1. He walked while she
took their RV.
Hammersley walked 3,206.75 miles during a period of 215 days,
six hours and 24 minutes. While walking, Hammersley picked up loose
change and donated it to Gateway for Cancer Research. He picked up
$10.19 between Bodega Bay and Lodi. He arrived at New York’s Coney
Island on Nov. 2, having raised more than $12,000 in
However, the cancer returned, and Hammersley died on April 20,
2009 at the age of 61. His website is still active at
— Ross Farrow