I walk a lot here in Roberta, and noticed a man in a pickup often, always waved. He stopped, we chatted, he had cancer. He thanked me for caring. We didn’t even exchange names.
Recently I noticed he wasn’t around anymore. I described him and his truck to a neighbor. Bad news, he passed away.
Wow, this type stuff shocks me . . .
He was a nice guy. We never know when stuff may happen . . .
I hope he had a good life . . . I’m glad we talked . . .
Most of my life now is spent keeping my ninety year old mom safe. To do the job responsibly takes twenty four hours a day, but family that lives near helps often.
Raising money and awareness for a couple of charities is squeezed into each day, using social media.
Another interest is my health of course. Eating food that’s good for me and exercise are both extremely important.
Alzheimer’s disease is widespread in my dad’s side of the family and he passed away with it at age seventy five.
Some of my time is spent learning how to possibly slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease.
Mine has been a great life that’s been enjoyable and hopefully there will be much more of it.
It sounds awful to me. Why blog about getting old? In the past I would have pictured a frail man with white hair, or no hair at all, bent over and maybe even needing a walker, but even that would be okay for me as long as I was doing my best to Keep Going.
Nothing set in stone here, in fact flexibility and spontaneity will be important as I work and work hard to Keep Going. My favorite quote may explain some of my ways . . .
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’ ” Erma Bombeck
Today is March 11, 2019 and it’s time for a fresh start with this blog.
My next birthday cake will have 69 candles on it. My hope is to remain active, both mentally and physically for many more years and this blog will serve as a record of my thoughts as I take this journey.
Amicalola Falls State Park is approximately 70 miles north of Atlanta Georgia. There are 604 stairs that were constructed alongside the falls. The park also has a steep paved road and plenty of single track. The Chattahoochee National Forest is all over the place up there.
I spent a lot of time, put in a lot of miles, spent hundreds of nights in my car or tent, and was,without knowing it, training for the Epic Journey.
In July of 2011 the park management allowed me to start around 4:00 am and I went up and down the 604 stairs 50 times. That’s 60,400 stairs and over 17,000 feet of climbing. It took a little over 17 hours. This turned out to be a good way to prepare for what was to come.
Georgia of course and then . . .
- New Mexico
The beginning and ending locations came from my thoughts and were unrelated to the journey.
The route between Savannah and Monterey was designed by where the Alzheimer’s Association offices were. Here is the list . . .
- Savannah Georgia
- Macon Georgia
- Atlanta Georgia
- Dalton Georgia
- Huntsville Alabama
- Memphis Tennessee
- Little Rock Arkansas
- Fort Smith Arkansas
- Tulsa Oklahoma
- Oklahoma City Oklahoma
- Amarillo Texas
- Albuquerque New Mexico
- Monterey California
The area with no pins in California marks the 458 miles I was in the passenger seat of a car.
I had been involved with backpacking before the Journey, so most of the equipment needed was already in hand.
I did purchase a jogging stroller from REI to carry all of the equipment and supplies needed to be self sufficient.
The stroller is a Bob Revolution SE 2012 model
Here’s a partial list . . .
- clothing, winter and summer
- an extra pair of shoes
- sleeping bag
- air mattress
- water and filter
- dehydrated food
- extra tires, tubes and pump
- solar panel
- dazer to ward off dogs
- signs and a flag
- smart phone and charging stuff
- emergency blanket
There were many introductions to public figures all along the way. Go to the menu above and click on the word “Results” for a list of some of them.
To my left is J.D. Runnels. He played football for Oklahoma and was drafted by the Chicago Bears
That’s Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas with me.
The lady in the picture is Susana Martinez, the Governor of New Mexico
I was able to spend several hours with scientists that were using their time at work looking for information that may lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
There were two visits, one at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging (UAMS) and the other at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
This picture was taken at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock Arkansas
This picture was taken at OMRF in Oklahoma City Oklahoma