Monthly Archives: October 2015

I’m going to cross America again . . . . .

That’s roughly 3000 miles. I am going to WALK across.

It’s very important to me to be on foot, every foot. It matters. I want to see if I can do it. This part is for me. It will help fulfill a personal dream.

The most important role of the trip is to help others. Raising awareness concerning alzheimers disease, will do that.

Saturday, October 31st, 2015 blog post

14,882 miles for the total project in 1244 days

I was at Amicalola Falls again. Mild temperatures again and cloudy all day. The park was packed because the leaves are changing and it’s Halloween. Amicalola has special events today, for the little guys.

Wore the Hoka Clifton 2 shoes today. On the stairs and the paved road mostly. I use the S Health app on my Samsung phone. I walked most of the time.

I was overwhelmed again by the amount of people that thank me for my service to our country. One very awesome young lady thanked me, shook my hand and gave me a hug.

When I am struggling up the paved road, people stop to offer me a ride up the mountain. I accept sometimes, just to be able to chat.

Saw some of God’s work today. Look at these pictures.

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I met an awesome group that called the ” Ladies on Spokes”. Today they were on foot. They usually pedal on the trips they make as a club.

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I went in the lodge and the visitor center for a few minutes.

My next post is a very important post for me.

Crossing America. . . . .

In 2013, I was nearing Gallup, NM. I saw a man pushing a jogging stroller with no signs anywhere. I asked if I could speak with him and he obliged.

His daughter, and only child, had lost her life at age 21. He told me his journey across America was for “my daughter and me”. I asked if I could follow him on Facebook or a blog. He said he had no Facebook account and had a blog, but it was really just for him.

He did 21 miles every day and would stop shortly after and pitch his tent. He had done this all the way from Savannah, Georgia. He said the Lord gave him his instructions, and he was following them.

I met a man near Amicalola Falls State Park that had been pedaling around America for four years. He pulled a Yak. (trailer) Estimates of nearly 55,000 miles. No social media or blog. He had spiral notebooks with accounts in chronological order in them. He was 63 years old when I met him.

On US Highway 80 in Roberta, Georgia,
I spoke with a couple in their 70’s that have lived in their home for about 50 years. They told me of hundreds of people they had met crossing America. One was pushing a tall globe, one with an old stroller with a cat, one walking backwards, one praying all the time with a Bible in his hand, carrying a pack and many others.

From July 11th, 2013 – when I almost quit

I have made the decision to stop my journey Across the Land. I am going home to Georgia. I do not have what it takes to finish. Each day has been very hard lately. Some have said it is the heat, some said the elevation change, some say I am pushing to hard. Nonetheless, I have listened to my body and I have made the decision to stop.
Wilson and I have traveled 2,176 miles. Wilson carried the gear I needed, I pushed. We have been in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
We have raised awareness for the Fight against alzheimer’s disease. We have raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association. I did my best.
So many people have helped me. Thank you very much.
I have met nothing but wonderful people all of the way.
This is a beautiful country we live in.
I will rest and then plan and then try with all of my heart to do what I planned.
This decision was made by me alone.
I love You !!    Thanks for reading.

I didn’t quit. I got a ride from Gallup, NM back to Albuquerque thinking I was quitting. Amy Stormant, Susan Riblet and Kevin Fussell helped me change my mind. I went back. I did however skip over the Mojave in a car and finished in Monterey, California on my feet. 

The state of “across the land”

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Thing’s have never been better! We have surpassed expectations long ago. We have raised a lot of awareness concerning many different aspects of managing alzheimers disease. We have raised a lot of money for the Alzheimer’s Association. They use the money to provide services and fund research. We have been given a lot of information. We have shared that information.

Question from a friend. . . . .

Why do you do this ?

Very sincerely. I made a promise. 1,289 people diagnosed every day in America. My dad died with this alzheimers disease.

I am helping!

I raise awareness.
I raise money.

No other motive. I want to help.

That’s it.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015 blog post

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14,860 miles for the total project in 1242 days

This has been a good day. Took a walk with mom. Had a talk with her husband Jack. Took a walk with Denny. Talked on the phone with Amy.

I am raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. I raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. They use some of the money to help people. They use some of it to do research, trying to find a cure for alzheimers disease.

I am excited in a very laid back way about January 1, 2016.

I am excited about going to Amicalola Falls soon.

Thank you for reading my blog.

I am still here.

His marathon . . . . . at age 88

He gets up and wrestles himself into his scooter. It’s a struggle because of the extreme pain from the arthritis. He heads to the kitchen to drink a cup of coffee and get ready for breakfast. He bends over, from in the chair, to pet his dog. It’s a slow process, but he gets it done. After breakfast he heads to the room where he watches television and talks with whomever comes in. Getting from the scooter to his chair is slow and painfull. I have seen times that tears will appear and run down his face. He doesn’t say anything about the pain, unless asked. Then he will tell you it hurts bad.

There are a lot of choices he could make to avoid the pain. He knows the consequences of giving up. He knows how the human body will recognize “giving up” and fail to do its best to repair. He chooses to keep going.

He was in the United States Navy in the World War. He has always been active.

He has one last chance at alleviating some of the pain. Doctors will attempt to install a pain pump next week. They say finding the right places to put the leads will be hard because of the shape of his body from the arthritis. He is willing to try.

He reminds me of this picture.

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I have looked for inspiration in a lot of places. It was right here in front of me.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 blog post

14,855 miles for the total project in 1241 days

Mom is 87 years old now. The last of her family and strong as an ox. Each day I ask mom how she is doing. She always says “pretty good”. She then says “yep, I’m pretty and I’m good”. Then she chuckles.

Wow, wish I could say what’s on my mind. I will Sunday.

Never give up on life !! No matter what occurs !!

Fall 7 times, get up 8

The United States of America is big and it’s beautiful.

145 miles more and it will be 15,000 that I have raised awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association by running, jogging and walking with my alzheimers clothing on.

I will never give up on life. I promise.

It’s a trade off . . . . .

On a phone call from a friend today he said he wished he could do what I do. I hope he did not mind, but I immediately cautioned him. I told him that I am 65 and in good health. I could be working full time solidifying my future. I am not. I am raising awareness about a disease instead. These are choices we make. I told him he could do this too and I could go back to work. It’s all in the choices we make. Hard to be both people.