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the Epic Journey is over

Some closure is needed. Some things need to be final. The numbers no longer matter to me, but recording what has occurred does. The final tally will be purposely low. These numbers will remain as put down on this day, August 12th, 2017. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease. 

  • over 5 years 
  • over 15,000 miles on foot 
  • over 20,000 miles in a car
  • 16 states
  • over  $35,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association 
  • over 50 television interviews 
  • over 100 newspaper interviews 
  • over 20 radio interviews 
  • 6 magazine articles 
  • over 3000 bracelets or cards given out with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them 
  • visited over 50 senior residence facilitis and met with patients, staff and family members 
  • visited 4 alzheimer’s research centers
  • spoke with over 15 research scientists 
  • visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
  • met over 75 Alzheimer’s Association staff members 
  • attended 8 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
  • I have no idea how many caregivers I met or how many alzheimer’s patients. There were many of both.

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The Epic Journey is over as of today, August 12th, 2017. My personal Facebook page will become just that. My blog will be used to write what I feel inspired to record. Twitter will be used in the same manner as the blog and will not automatically post into Facebook. The Across the Land page will remain operational and used sparingly. 

The failures on the Epic Journey were mine, but the successes were ours. 

I would never begin to thank anyone by name for fear of forgetting someone. I will say “Thank You” to everyone that helped. 

My favorite Bible verse for the Journey was . . . “I can do all things through Christ, whom strengthens me.”     Phillipians 4:13

My favorite quote for the Journey was . . . When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me‘     Erma Bombeck 

My “Epic Journey” is over. 

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The beautiful Journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”     Steve Maraboli

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P.S. entered 11:28 am on August 13th, 2017

Sometimes we start an Epic Journey for one reason, but God has other plans. 

This Journey was to tell caregivers that people care. It was to tell them of a way to reach out for help, and that they are not alone. It was to tell whomever would listen, a little bit about having alzheimer’s or of being a caregiver. It was to tell folks in our senior residence facilities thanks. It was to remind folks that lawmakers hold the purse strings that contain money for research.  It was to express thanks to folks that helped send these messages. It was about thanking God for life. 

     

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    Woke up thinking of the Epic Journey 

    From time to time I wake up in a particular mood, and I never know what causes it. I wake up and realize that I went all the way from the ocean near Savannah, Georgia to the ocean in Marina, California. 2594 miles of the Epic Journey was on foot, and 458 miles of it was as a passenger in a car.

    Good times that became Great Memories. I am extremely proud of the effort we put forth and very Grateful for the help recieved. 

    One of my hopes is that anyone that reads this realizes they have done some awesome things in their life. I hope they wake up thinking of those things sometimes and they realize that even though things may not have went exactly as they wanted, they were out there working at it. Failure is part of life and success is also part of life. No matter which one we taste, we keep going. Yeah, we try to learn from mistakes, sometimes we do, sometimes we do not, but we keep going. Sometimes the taste is of success and failure at almost the same time. You know what, this may be normal. It sure is normal for me. I find myself more and more inspired everyday by the folks that live near me.

    Heard this somewhere, sometime . . . . . 

     “Yes, I would like to be perfect, but until then, I’m going to be human, and I’m going to be happy with doing what I percieve as my best.”

    Us human beings, for the most part, seem pretty awesome to me. 

    part of my family 

    “Somehow, sometimes an inanimate object becomes family . . . . . and remains that way.”

    Wilson and I were working teammates for 2,594 miles in 2013. Now we are family.