Footloose In America: Dixie To New England

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Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything behind and taking off to see the world?

After completing an eight-thousand-mile walking trek from Pennsylvania, through Oregon, and on to Arkansas in his twenties, Bud Kenny wanted nothing more than to do it all again—but this time with his wife. The only problem was he couldn’t find a woman who wanted to hike across America with him...until he met and married Patricia.

Footloose in America follows the fifty-something newlyweds as they leave their home in Arkansas and start walking toward Maine. All they bring with them is their mule, Della, who pulls an electricity-generating wagon that converts into a stage upon which Bud performs his poetry.

A tale of true love and extraordinary adventure, this unique travel memoir reveals a one-of-a-kind view of American culture. From the Amish people’s perspective on what our excessively high-tech society overlooks to immigration issues as seen from a migrant worker’s vantage point, the Kennys stumble across a colorful cast of characters throughout their incredible journey.

More than simply inviting you to read about their unforgettable experiences, the Kennys’ story will inspire you to pursue your own dreams—and discover the adventure that waits for you.

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Bud Kenny is a performance poet who loves to walk. A onetime disc jockey, he studied drama, broadcasting, and creative writing at university during the 1970s. Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, he set off on an eight-thousand-mile trek from Pennsylvania, to the coast of Oregon, then down to San Francisco, and finally back east to Arkansas with only his dog and a pack pony.

Kenny went on to own two businesses—including the Poet’s Loft, which featured such renowned writers as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko—and made a name for himself on the national poetry slam scene. Then, in 2001, he embarked on another rambling adventure—this time with his wife, Patricia—and walked with her and their mule, Della, from Arkansas to the coast of Maine, producing poetry shows along the way.

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“. . . Kenny writes in such a conversational, in-the-moment tone that it’s a little jarring to realize that his and his wife’s journey happened more than a decade ago . . .the Kennys’ stories grow on you–as do Della’s, as she’s easily one of the most engaging equine personalities this side of Mister Ed. Simply put, they’re good company.” - Kirkus Reviews

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