Why cross US on foot? Each trek uniquely personal

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In this Sept. 23, 2013 photo, Malene Comes walks down a road in Victorville, Calif. en route to to Kingman Ariz. as a part of her walk to the east coast and back. Comes, who had attempted suicide twice in three months before she started her trek, has shed more than 20 of the 289 pounds she was carrying on her 5-foot-2 frame when she left a Santa Monica beach on Aug. 29. In some ways, though, she already feels so much lighter. "Yeah, this is scary, but maybe less scary than killing myself." (AP Photo/The Victor Valley Daily Press, James Quigg)