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October 22, 2010
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Man walking across country stops in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - After walking for 217 days and more than 2,760 miles of walking, Jonathon Stalls finally reached South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

"A great (and) tough day of walking & hiking - through some of our countries most prized landscapes," Stalls wrote in his blog at

He began his walk across the country in March from Deleware to raise awareness for Kiva, a microlending platform that currently works with 54 countries across the globe.

Stalls came across Kiva in a social entrepreneurship class at Metropolitan State College of Denver in the fall of 2007.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend $25 or more to an entrepreneur across the globe.

"I have no doubt that micro-finance is a significant first-step in helping low-income communities build contributing members who are confident, strong and capable," Stalls wrote in his blog.

He chose to walk the country to raise awareness of the organization because he "craved an adventure that would challenge (his) daily activities, expectations, and priorities."

On Thursday night he stayed at the Tahoe Valley Lodge, who donated a room to his walk.

"This has been such an incredible learning experience via geography, history and community," Stalls wrote in an email.

He's accompanied by his dog Kanoa, a 2-year-old mixed breed adopted go who's name means the "free one."

"He is an incredible addition to my life and will be a quality companion as we make our way across the country," Stalls wrote.

The goal is to end up in San Francisco the week of Nov. 13.

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