Quincy author will walk 3,300 miles across country on book tour

Quincy writer, author and walking storyteller Rick Taylor, who performs and writes as “Abner Serd,” is trekking 3,300 miles to California to celebrate the release of his debut book, “The Legend of Pedestrio,” a humorous yarn about a mysterious nomad.

The walking book tour kicks off May 1, the same day the book publishes.

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“It was always in the back of my mind that when I finally got this book written there would be a walking book tour,” Taylor said. “It’s just that kind of book.”

Taylor will begin his pedestrian adventure by dipping his toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Perry Beach in Quincy and he will finish by dipping his toes in the Pacific Ocean in Crescent City, Calif. He said the cross-country trip will take about six months.

Rick Taylor, aka Abner Serd, of Quincy, tells a story at the East Bridgewater Senior Center on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. He plans to walk across the United States, a trip which he believes will take about 6 months.  He is scheduled to begin his trip on May 1.

“The plan is to stop and spin a few yarns at libraries and bookstores all along the route,” Taylor said.

The trek will take Taylor through New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. He said he will sleep in hotels, at friends’ houses and “under the stars.”

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