After the death of his 96-year-old father, a World War II veteran, Robert Schoen set off on a coast-to-coast journey. On a beautiful Southern California day in April 2017, 70-year-old Schoen waded knee-deep into the Pacific. He then walked back to shore, put on his shoes and socks, and began walking toward the Atlantic. Although he'd never walked more than seven miles in a row and was anything but an outdoors fanatic, he did possess certain qualities necessary to complete such a journey—an undaunted spirit, determination, and a willingness to accept whatever might come his way.
During his journey he walked east through homeless tent communities, the Mojave Desert, ghost towns, and cities large and small. He experienced extremes of weather, a near-death encounter, and many obstacles and challenges. But 2,644 miles and 14 states later, Robert Schoen finally waded into the Atlantic Ocean, with renewed faith in the goodness and generosity of his fellow Americans.
"Many people have a to-do list, but whose list includes "Walk Across America"? Answer: Robert Schoen's list! On God's Radar follows the ups and downs of his trip along unfriendly sidewalks and impassable roadways; nights in crude campsites, odd motels, and the backyards of friendly strangers; and 25-mile days walking through heat, cold, wind, and rain. Most importantly, we meet the diverse and inviting characters Schoen encountered along his journey."
John Tschirhart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming
"Bob Schoen's walk across America tells a story of fierce perseverance and a willingness to connect across cultural, political, and religious lines. Mostly, though, it's a master class in curiosity about what the next day might bring."
Sara Klein, President, Temple Sinai, Oakland, California
"In an era when some people fear walking out their front door, Robert walked across the country, revealing the generosity and compassion that still live in America. He truly embodies an "act young to be young" philosophy, and shows that it's never too late to get fit and live life to its fullest!"
Scooby Werkstatt, Personal Fitness and Health Advisor • scoobysworkshop.com
"I found it fascinating reading about Robert's trials and tribulations as he trekked across America. He took risks many of us would never take—I know I never would! I especially loved seeing the connections he made with people across the country. It was so enjoyable sharing his adventure!"
Tim Johnson, Community Life Director, Bayside Park, Emeryville, California
"On God's Radar is the story of one manʼs quest to honor his fatherʼs memory. It is a journey of heart, body, and soul, highlighting the kindness of strangers and transforming the American landscape and its people."
Michael McDonald, Retired Attorney, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico