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Overland Park Man Treks Across Kansas, Again

courtesy of Henry Fortunato

One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

Along the way, he encountered numerous county sheriffs, gained firsthand experience with the unique qualities of Kansas mud, and tried to avoid becoming unnerved by a visibly increasing population of reptiles. On this edition of Up to Date, Fortunato sits down with Steve Kraske to explain why he took this walk and others like it. He explains how, while walking across a landscape often described as a sea of grass, "the water towers became my lighthouses."


  • Henry Fortunato is the Director of Public Affairs for the Kansas City, Mo. Public Library.

Hear More: Henry Fortunato discusses his journey across Kansas on Wednesday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson County Community College's Hudson Auditorium.  Click here to learn more and reserve a seat.

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