Thursday (Day 7) of a road trip to “raise awareness” concerning alzheimer’s 

I started out in Sayre, Oklahoma and ended up in Tucumcari, New Mexico. About 240 miles or so. Pulled off a bunch of times to see things and talk. Today was absolutely a day for sharpening the saw. I don’t have a whole lot to say today. It was a good day though. I told Mom, back in Georgia, that I could see forever out here. I told her to wave and then I told her that I could see her waving. She chuckled at that.

Some pictures from today.

Near Groom, Texas. That’s a big cross.

In Texola. I had a pretty doggone good breakfast here one time. I bought mom a painting here of an Indian chief a couple of years ago.

Interstate 40 is to the left, and I was standing on Route 66 when I took this picture today. You can see far from here.

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Tucumcari, New Mexico 

I sure enjoy this town. So much here has been kept looking like I think it must have looked during the heydays of Route 66. 

long distance bicyclist in New Mexico 

I was on interstate 40 and glanced to my right and saw this young man on Route 66, heading west. He is crossing the entire country. It was a pleasure chatting with him for a few minutes. I asked if I could take this picture and put it on my blog and he answered yes.

Wednesday (Day 6) of a road trip to “raise awareness” concerning alzheimer’s 

Started out in Russellville, Arkansas and ended up in Sayre, Oklahoma. I spoke with a gentleman traveling around eight hundred miles on his bicycle today. We spoke today, he’s not traveling all 800 today  (chuckle). Talked with a couple of caregivers on the phone. I drove around 400 miles. I hit Route 66 back aways and tonight I am staying in a motel that I stayed in in 2013 when I came through here on foot. Here are a few pictures from Sayre.

 You know I say I’m raising awareness, I’m doing a little of that, I think I’m mainly sharpening the saw

He wishes he could pedal facing traffic because of all of the accidents and deaths

The long-distance bicyclist I spoke with this morning talked about all of the accidents and deaths having to do with motorists and bicycles. I found a article from 2016 that said during 2015 over 4,000 people were killed on bicycles and almost 20,000 were injured. Those statistics are for America. Yep, we got to be awful careful out there, but we gotta keep going. 

Another long-distance bicyclist – Hwy 64 in Arkansas

He is 78 years old, and has been taking the same ride for 17 years. He rides to his sister’s house spends a couple of nights with her, turns around and goes home. The round trip is 800 miles. He chuckled and explained that the pain in the morning, getting out of bed, is getting tougher every year. I enjoy these encounters. There is lots of inspiration out here.

Tuesday (Day 5) of a road trip to “raise awareness” concerning alzheimer’s 

Started the morning in Corinth, Mississippi and ended up in Russellville, Arkansas. Had a little bit of a stall today, concerning mom’s health, so I drove around in circles for a while. It turns out she is okay so I will continue West. I’m not sure exactly where I’m going, but I am sure I’m going somewhere. I drove along Highway 72, 70 and 64. Yep, I did drive on Interstate 40 for a few minutes here and there today. This trip is bringing back some great memories. I think it’s amazing to get to a spot, and think I recognize it, and then go around a corner and come upon a place where something pretty neat happened. Usually it would be where I met someone that had an Alzheimer’s connection. This is good stuff. I enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m glad mom’s safe with family.

Here’s a picture from 2013. That’s my dear friend Janessa and her beautiful pup. Janessa lost her grandmother to alzheimer’s disease.

Tomorrow I will spend a little bit of time with a family from India and we will speak of what they eat and of alzheimer’s disease. The occurrence of alzheimer’s in India is much much less than what we have in America. 

my soon to be 89 year old mom is amazing – she fell, but is good 

Several days ago mom took a spill in the carport. She said nope, we’re not going to the doctor, Im doing well. I left town on Friday to go on a road trip and she is with my sister-in-law, nephew and his family. She woke up this morning with a headache and my sister-in-law took her to the doctor and they checked her out real good. The doctor told her she was doing okay and to go home and fix the crack in the carport. It made me wonder for a few minutes if I should go home, but everyone assured me I should keep going. Mom likes that kind of talk, the stuff the doctor said. She will be 89 years old on October 28th, just a few days from now. After she left the doctor, we talked on the phone, and I told her since she did so well, to go to the nicest restaurant in town, order anything she wants, and have it billed to me. Then I hung up before she could get my debit card number.

Monday (Day 4) of a road trip to “raise awareness” concerning alzheimer’s 

Left my daughter’s house in Canton, Georgia this morning and drove to Corinth, Mississippi. Here’s a picture from just west of Corinth that I took in 2013.

I’m driving on the same route from my 2013 Run, Jog and Walk. I see so many places that bring back unbelievable memories. It’s really pretty cool.

I saw that Paul Wheeler it’s just about finished with his run across America. I think he finishes up Friday.

Today I did something a little bit different, I drove about a hundred miles and would pull over and walk around a little bit.

I raise awareness concerning Alzheimer’s.

frustration is not a good partner in my fight with alzheimer’s disease 

my decisions are adversely affected if I am frustrated. I become a whiner, a complainer, and I don’t like that outfit. It’s very normal, I think, to get tired of the slow pace of change, but it’s a necessary way things are done.

I must adapt, put on a new hat, so to speak and continue on. I don’t want to wear the hat of frustration anymore. 

Slow and steady seems appropriate. I must develop that part of me.