Saturday, September 5th, 2015 blog post

14,355 miles for the total project in 1189 days

I met Mark Lein at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park. We chatted a few minutes and then left the lodge. We were ready to run. We got on the trail beside the lodge and headed to the Len Foote Hike Inn parking lot. Across the lot and down to the top of the falls. We probably paused there for a bit and then got on the stairs. We walked on the stairs for a bit and then started jogging them. We got to the end of the stairs and jogged down the paved trail, went by the reflection pond and across the parking lot and got back on the dirt trail. The trail crosses the road and continues on, but we got on the paved road and jogged to the visitor center. From the visitor center we headed up the paved road to the top of the falls. That is 1.2 mile long road that gains about 1200 feet of elevation in that distance. Then back down the stairs again. We ran into Andrea Buzeta near the pond. We made arrangements with her to meet her at the lodge for lunch. We repeated the first run back to the top of the falls and then on up to the lodge for lunch.

Mark, Andrea and I had lunch in the lodge. They both very graciously let me talk with them about the Facebook page and this blog.

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Andrea Buzeta at Amicalola Falls State Park.

After lunch, Mark headed home and Andrea and I walked and jogged out about a mile on the Len Foote Hike Inn Trail. Dirt trail all the way. Lots of roots and rocks. We continued with our talk about this blog and of the importance of staying fit.

Mark is the young man that provides the web site for “across the land” He is a trail runner and mountain biker. Mark told me of the motto of the United States Navy Seals. “The only easy day, was yesterday

Andrea has become an adventurer. She goes all over the world hiking.

Physical fitness is a tremendous way to keep your immune system strong. A strong immune system can fight off a lot of diseases.

After Andrea headed home, I went out for a few more miles. I spent a lot of time speaking with folks about alzheimer’s disease and not jogging. That’s a good thing.

I received a return phone call from an alzheimers research scientist I met in 2013. He was heading to participate in a triathlon that will benefit muscular dystrophy. He has answered a lot of questions for me.

North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, in Ellijay, Georgia, made a contribution to “across the land” today.

This was a good day. Worked at keeping myself fit and talked with a few folks about alzheimer’s. Lots of folks saw the car.

I spoke with Mark about the overwhelming success of this blog. It is a WordPress blog. Flyline Search Marketing designed it and the format has been very easy to use.

I am pretty tired and when I was coming up the road near the end of the day, one of the park staff saw me struggling and offered a ride. I accepted. Sure appreciate that ride.

I wore my veterans cap. Several folks thanked me for my service. Veterans are important to me.

I hope you get to live your dreams.

Jack Fussell

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