In the spring 2001, middle-aged newlyweds Bud and Patricia Kenny and their mule Della  left Hot Springs, Ark., headed for the coast of Maine. Their two-and-a-half-year walk across America included passage through the Midcoast during the fall of 2003.

Bud Kenny has written a book about their trek and is offering it again for free download Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10. Kindle users can download “Footloose In America – Dixie to New England” at no charge. The paperback edition is for sale online at and

The adventurous couple retired earlier this year, and Bud is working on a memoir of his 1970s trek — he walked from eastern Pennsylvania to the northern Oregon coast, down the west coast to San Francisco then east to Arkansas with a pack pony and dog —and a humorous novel. For information about those future books, visit his website. More information and photos about the couple's trek can be found at

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