When singer-songwriter Mike Posner was bitten by the walking bug last spring, little did he know it would bite back.
Posner, who is from Detroit, is probably best-known for his hit “Cooler Than Me” (which we had to google, making him instantly cooler than us.) However, last spring he decided to take a hiatus from touring to instead tour the country – by foot. The nearly 3,000-mile walkabout, which started in New Jersey and was supposed to end in California, is in honor of the death of his friend Avicii as well as that of his father.
However, no sooner had Posner crossed from Kansas into Colorado on Aug. 7, then he was bitten by a baby rattlesnake. “Crazy day yesterday! I had just crushed 16 miles and was going for 8 more when I got bit by a baby rattlesnake!" he wrote on social media. "That venom is no joke!”
Fortunately, Posner was not far from the nearest hospital (the name was not given but rumored to be somewhere near La Junta) and given anti-venom. Further social media posts show a tired but otherwise well-spirited Posner in hospital jammies and taking some tentative steps with a walker.
Although he is not expected to be able to walk for at least another week, Posner vows to get back on the road. “Can’t wait to get back on The Walk! KEEP GOING!!!!!!” he posted.
Initially, Posner planned to stop in La Junta, Alamosa, Jasper, Pagosa Springs, Piedra and Kline while in Colorado. From Colorado, he plans to drop into New Mexico for a short jaunt before hitting Arizona and California. It’s unclear when he will continue his walk.
Along the way, Posner has been dropping a new song every time he crosses a state border. His Colorado song was “Prince Akeem” featuring Wiz Khalifa. Perhaps New Mexico will be a redux of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” (if he’s lucky, he can catch Great White playing Sky Ute on Aug. 31.)
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