We raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. This 68 year old Veteran jogs and walks every day. This is for my little friend.

we lost a little person

I won’t put any particulars. I post this so I will see it again one day, and think of him and his family.

The baby mattered and will always matter.

the energy in a Special Olympian

Loving the energy that comes from being with Special Olympians and their parents and siblings.

It’s been a blessing to connect, spend time and become friends with these beautiful souls.

The power of exercise glows from them and inspires me.

This is the motto of the Special Olympics Athletes; “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Special Olympics

Their Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes since 1968.

The information and the logo came from the Special Olympics website the link below will take you to.

Some Route 66 photos

My competition

I’m a fierce competitor. Nobody will stop me from trying.

Walking has been good for me

In my opinion, a lot of advice for staying as healthy as possible entails detailed instructions that may lead to a lack of interest.

Walking is something I have done all my life, no instructions needed. When I was extremely overweight walking was a chore sometimes, but I felt better afterwards.

It turns out that many folks think walking may be one of our best exercises.

Use Google and read some stuff and see what you think, try the Mayo Clinic.

working on 2019 goals

Partnering with mom, sleeping, eating, resistance training, aerobics, social media, and miscellaneous other stuff, take up a lot of every 24 hour period for me.

I haven’t mentioned jogging and walking.

The chase for the 2092 miles in 2018 took away some options, spent a lot of time on foot. I’ve enjoyed the long range goal though, but . . . . .

At this moment, right now, my plans are to limit the amount of long range goals and go heavier on short ones. (time)

Still pondering . . . . .

Doing an important job

Get up, get dressed up and do the work. Day after day after day, that is what the old guy does. (me)

To me, keeping mom safe, me healthy and raising awareness and money concerning Down Syndrome is a big job, important job, and one worth doing well. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes not so much.

She’s ninety years old as this is being typed. I’m 68.

the miles on foot

Staggering miles, but I was living a dream, and it continues on. My feet were taking me places, lots of places, these miles were on foot.

2012 – 1680 (5 months)

2013 – 4032

2014 – 5588

2015 – 3700

2016 – 1348

2017 – 710

2018 – 2100 (estimated)

In 1953 the car rolled over me, and the doctor spoke slowly as they informed mom and dad that my walking days may be over. Lots of prayer and rehab put me back on my feet, and although I had been wounded, I didn’t know any better, and began a life that has included a lot of miles on foot, good miles.

Pain is a companion, at times, but it doesn’t stop me, nothing much does.