So I did every state in the US, every county in my state, and every street in my town. There's an obvious gap, what about every town in my county? The question was, what to do?

It dawned on me as I looked at my GPS, it will find the center of any town. These may be on private property, or someplace otherwise inaccessible but I can find someplace nearby.

Defining the towns turns out to be rather arbitrary. My favorite listing is from Wikipedia. It shows a total of 53 cities, towns and Census Designated Places, whatever they are. I could ignore these except that I live in one of them!

53 places. Should keep me busy for a bit. Of course I thought my walking of Kensington streets would take longer than nine outings. I'm figuring this is going to take more like ten to fifteen. We'll see.

The Travels of Shin

Last update: January 21, 2021

Map of Contra Costa County

No, its scale is too small for you to read the names of the various towns. The one you can access with the 53 Town Pledge button should be big enough.


In large part because it's bad for a car to sit idle too much, I resumed my 53 Town Pledge on May 18, 2020 after nearly a year of inactivity. I think my car liked it. I know I enjoyed getting out of the house!

Most Recent News

Jan. 21, 2021, added six more in the Walnut Creek area.

Dec. 4, 2020, added Richmond to my 53 Town Pledge.