Mr. Sourant….

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We spoke for the second time today. We spoke before I left for California last year.

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The Turner family

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Chuck is blind…getting ready to do the Appalachian Trail

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What an honor for me…..wow

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Troy Blackman…trailrunner

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He is an awesome young man. Very kind and encouraging.

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Bob, Sunshine & Wilson at the Continental Divide

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I met Bob and Sunshine at the Top of the World Motel at the Continental Divide on Interstate 40. We had lunch and had a great time. This young man loves that dog to death.

Bob called me tonight and said they are working near Tulsa, Oklahoma. We will see each other again, on the next trip.

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Across the Land, Saturday, August 30th, 2014

At Amicalola Falls pretty early. I worked on the stairs and the trails today. Lots of miles. Felt good.

Talked with a lot folks about alzheimers disease. Talked with some of the staff at the park about the “Chi” style of running.

This evening I will do some more thinking about what I have learned and should get closer to a game plain for the next trip.

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Two encouraging families

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Awesome family with a BOB stroller

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Her grandfather has alzheimers disease. A beautiful family. This is the Hoover family.

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Across the Land, Friday, August 29th, 2014

Started of in Ellijay, Georgia with an awesome 2 mile walk with my buddy Susan Riblet (Goal Runner).

Headed to Amicalola Falls. I stopped on the way to talk a few minutes with a young man that is a caregiver for his mom, in their home. Tough job, it seems to me.

Arrived at the park and said hello to the staff in the visitor center and parked the car at the bottom. I left it where everyone that comes in will see the signs on it.

I put on my running pack and headed up the stairs. I did the stairs and the paved road a bunch today. I talked with a lot of people today about alzheimer’s disease. It really is getting rare to speak with someone and them tell me they do not have a connection with alzheimer’s disease.

Spoke with a few people in the lodge. I took a lot of pictures in the lodge of the staff. I posted them on Facebook and my blog .

I felt very strong today. I am managing my body well. An awful lot of miles in this heat. It feels good though. I am getting very good at listening to my body. I am trying to get a lot stronger mentally and I am.

 

This trip that starts January 10th, will be a lot different than the one I went on last year. I will be stronger.

I ended the day with a 2 mile walk with Goal Runner, Susan Riblet, and her awesome pup Radar. Radar is a great dog and he seems to love Susan very much.

I am putting forth all of the effort, that I am putting forth, to raise awareness and money for the fight against alzheimer’s disease.

I am stronger both physically and mentally than I ever have been.

High Shoals Baptist Church

Pushing up the paved mountain road for about the fourth time today and a man stopped in a pickup. He asked me if I needed a ride. I was tired and I did need a ride. He took me to the top. I told him about my upcoming trip. I asked if he would pray for me.

He did. He prayed for me.

He attends the High Shoals Baptist Church just outside the back of the park.

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