He was escorted to the county line by a sheriff's deputy, clambered across creaky old railroad bridges that couldn't pass an OSHA inspection, and dined with two women who channeled the spirits of Amelia Earhart and Calamity Jane.
Along the way, he learned how to use his walking stick to scare off coyotes, visited the home of William Allen White, and learned a little more about his own personal journey that has turned him from a dyed-in-the-wool denizen of the East Coast into a most unlikely Kansan.
In observation of National Trails Day (Sunday, June 2), Henry Fortunato, the Library's director of public affairs, presents an illustrated talk about a 240-mile trek that began at his front door in Overland Park in Long and Winding Walk to Wichita on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Fortunato has been named the 2013-14 Simons Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. He will use the fellowship primarily to do research for a forthcoming book about his Kansas walks.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.
The Friends of the Library will host a members-only reception for current Friends of the Kansas City Public Library immediately following Fortunato's talk. New members may join at this time.