Monthly Archives: September 2014

Reality (Guest Blog by Ryan Chatham)

The beginning of another Journey is getting closer each day. It is becoming real again. The thoughts that must be going through one’s mind. Preparation. Fear. Where will I sleep? What happens when my phone goes dead? The last journey has served as a foundation. That foundation will grow one step at a time.

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September 30, Tuesday, 2014

36 days left until I head west. I am in Holly Springs, Georgia tonight.

2 miles for Charity Miles today, for the Alzheimers Association.

Feeling good.

I did a lot of praying today. I feel the more I pray, the stronger my relationship with God will become. I pray, then I sit and wait, not looking for anything, just letting myself be quiet.

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My thoughts, Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I decided where and at what time I would leave on November the 6th. I will be a few feet north of the Tybee Island Pier. I will be in the water with my stroller (Denny) and will exit the Atlantic Ocean at 11:00 am. I will put my shoes and socks on and head a few hundred feet up to US 80. I will be facing traffic and go a few more feet and stop at the Veterans Memorial and see what comes to mind. At this point, I will be wearing my veterans ball cap.  Then I will get back on the shoulder of US 80 and begin an epic journey of 3,660 miles. It will be my journey. This journey will be mostly about the alzheimer’s problem, some about veterans and a lot about me and my faith.  I will strive to live and breathe every second of it, in the moment.

The plan for November 6th, 2014

I will have a great breakfast. I will head to the Tybee Island pier. I will be on the north side of it. I will go out in the Atlantic Ocean with the stroller (Denny). At 11:00 am, I will wade out of the water and get on US80. I will head west to the Tybee Island Veterans Memorial. I will pause there and think of things. I will then start running, walking and jogging towards Monterey, California. 3,660 miles.

Stay mentally & physically fit

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Just a tad over 3.5 miles today on Charity Miles for the Alzheimers Association.

I’ve figured out part of the mindset on the trip will be with mixed emotions. I can handle that. It will be quit an adventure and I will miss loved ones very much.

This was a good day.

With Sincere Gratitude

I want to thank everyone that has given their time to help the Across the Land project. As well as those that have personally helped me. I greatly appreciate the assistance.

I will head west November 6th, 2014

I will leave from the somewhere near this pier at Tybee Island. I have never been to this area. Last year I left from Skidaway Island. This will be an amazing adventure. It will be with very mixed emotions because of people I will be away from. That, will be hard. That will be the hardest part of the trip, I am thinking.

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Pictures from 2013

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Great memories from California.

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I was indeed having a lot of mixed emotions at this point.

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All of these pictures were taken in California.

Stay mentally & physically fit

We hit $30,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association

This is a  milestone.

I want to express my thanks to every person that has made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, through this website.

They use the money for caregiver services, administration, research and advocacy work.

You have made a difference in another human beings life.

 

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

22 miles today at the park at Amicalola Falls. Most of them were on the stairs and the West Ridge Trail. Slow miles, but miles. It was a lot of climbing. That makes for a good work out.
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I am getting pretty good at managing my resources. It is a good feeling to improve at something.

This was the biggest day I’ve had, at the park, as far as people wanting to speak with me about the upcoming trip. I appreciate their interest. I wore the bright shirt and the bright cap. I gave out cards with the website printed on them and I gave out some cards with the helpline phone number on them.

I appreciate the tears shed, from a few people that are very worried about me.

Leaving time is getting close. I have to get a few things done yet, but not much.

This was a good day. I am in Holly Springs tonight.