Category Archives: Inspiration

Epic Journey memory

I can’t remember where this was, but it was there, over 3000 foot of bridge, no space for Wilson. We wondered what we would do, how will we safely get across it, but it soon came to me. I realized that all the time standing there wondering, that not even one vehicle had passed.

We started walking and made it to the other side, no cars, no trucks, nothing. Those were some kinda good times, oh my gosh, they were.

My hope for anyone reading this, is that one day you come upon this bridge, and you get to cross it.

Symbolic – Mojave or Backpacking?

In 2015, I drove to Goffs, California, drove just inside the Mojave National Preserve, parked the car, and jogged about ten miles, on Lanfair Rd. It was beautiful there and the weather was mild.

Several years before that I traveled many miles, at night, as a lone backpacker in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Alone, maybe because not many really want to be out there walking around at night.

Until recently, when my mind would drift to places I want to return to, it would be the Mojave, hands down.

Now, not so sure anymore, the night stuff is beautiful, and very exhilarating, ah, but the desert is so peaceful, quiet.

Book – the plan for my weight loss

My own experience exposed me to how awesome it can feel, to set a life changing goal, and achieve it.

In 2001 I purchased this book, did what it said, and lost 100 pounds in eleven months.

I purchased several, gave them away and saw success come to others. This one arrived today, mom dated it for me. This one will remain in my possession.

Inspiration – a weight loss story

It’s been almost a year since he began eating in a healthy way. Once he started I never saw him falter, not even a minute. After some of the weight was gone, he started walking, mostly outside, but some on a treadmill. He lost 85 pounds, and says he feels better than he has in years. All new clothes were a necessity.

This is a great success story that I identify with.

Alzheimer’s – some optimism #ENDALZ

Failed clinical trials and the continued lack of money for research leaves me with a feeling of pessimism. Bill and Melinda Gates getting involved is big to me, as they announced they are going to help scientists examine other theories. The longitudinal study in Columbia is exciting because they feel certain that everyone in the study will get alzheimer’s. The NIH is setting aside some money for new scientists, with fresh ideas. Thoughts of those things brings a feeling of optimism.

Hearing success stories from caregivers, accounts of them adapting, reading about laws being passed that may help them, and reading about the growth of support groups, memory cafes and more community involvement brings optimism.

Reading that our nation, as a whole, is eating healthier and exercising more is great news. That’s talk about prevention right there, good talk.

A lot of progress has been made in many areas. Necessity, sometimes, can be the mother of invention.

7 days to another Milestone #ENDALZ

At “Across the Land” I have spent a lot of my time giving out the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline phone number. It’s been given out on cards, bracelets, media and word of mouth. Something, right at the beginning, convinced me that is where I could make a big impact, and that was, and still is, important.

I was able to begin “giving back” because my children were on their own and doing well. I’ve curtailed my activities from time to time because mom has needed my help, so I do what I can, when I can.

I began the “Across the Land” project because I believe it’s important to be a part of helping society with difficult situations. It’s good being able to do something that’s both impactful and interesting, and I will continue on, as I can.

Milestones are important to celebrate. Psychologist tell me it’s part of what keeps us human beings going. It works for me.

Jogging stroller – two of them

The stroller on the left, named Wilson, belongs to me. In 2013 he carried my supplies and equipment for 2,594 miles through parts of ten states. That workhorse is a Bob Revolution SE manufactured in 2012.

The stroller on the right belongs to the Barnes family. Recently it carried equipment and supplies for them as they marched from Key West, Florida to mom’s house, in Roberta Georgia. Their stroller is a Bob Revolution manufactured in 2010.

We replaced theirs with a little bit newer model, and they continued on to Blaine Washington.

I took the picture this afternoon.

Jogging strollers are a super way for parents to go out and run with their children.

I was out there about alzheimer’s disease and they were talking about diabetes on their trip. It’s ironic that being fit helps slow the progression of both.

Noah Barnes

and his dad Marched from Key West Florida to Blaine Washington, over 4,300 miles. They climbed in a Jeep that contained his mom, brother and sister, and rode to the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California, approximately 1,300 miles. Noah became part of the support group, among other things, and watched his dad pedal eastward, heading to Tybee Island Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean.

On their way, they stopped and spent time with mom and I. We all spoke of many things, had a meal together, they rested one night here, and headed east on the world famous Dixie Overland Highway, U.S.Highway 80.

At one point, during the visit, Noah noticed my wall map, with push pins in it, and he begin asking questions about the different colored pins, the states, the miles. He even called me a legend. Noah has Type 1 diabetes, yeah, you read it right, Type 1 diabetes. He had just finished Marching over 4,300 miles, he shared stroller pushing duties with his dad. Noah is a Legend and a Great Example.

This picture was taken almost a year ago when Noah and his family were heading to Blaine, Washington.

Quote – “It’s not the critic

who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.Teddy Roosevelt

for my friend Tyler . . . . .

fb_img_1479608638855.jpgOne morning I walked in the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Park, and there he stood, Tyler Woody, the new guy. Charlotte introduced us, and we hit it off immediately.

Tyler was a Sgt. in the U.S. Army National Guard. He served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as a construction Engineer and received numerous decorations.

I thought of Tyler this morning.

  • Born    June 23, 1994
  • Died.    Nov    3,  2015

This post is in Memory of my friend. “Tyler, I miss seeing you and speaking with you.  Thank you for your service.”