Category Archives: milestones

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. 


    Milestone for Across the Land 

    The cars have been 25,000 miles in 16 different states. The signs in the picture below, were there for every mile.(well, signs just like them) They did the Work. Hundreds of conversations were started by their presence. In my opinion the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event is a very important gathering of folks helping in our global fight with alzheimer’s disease. The 24/7 Helpline is a Godsend. 

    The signs have been retired. They’re in a place of honor with “Wilson” the stroller. 

    Here’s a list of the states I drove in. 

    1. Georgia 
    2. South Carolina 
    3. North Carolina 
    4. Tennessee 
    5. Alabama 
    6. Mississippi 
    7. Arkansas 
    8. Oklahoma 
    9. Texas 
    10. New Mexico 
    11. Arizona 
    12. California 
    13. Utah 
    14. Nevada 
    15. Colorado 
    16. Kansas 

    Noah Barnes – 2000 miles Marched

    He is 11 years old now, but was 10 when he started Marching Across America. He has Type 1 diabetes. Today he logged his 2000th mile.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Noah several weeks ago, in Georgia. My awareness level, concerning diabetes, has been raised considerable. The inspiration he has provided for me can’t be measured. As I age, I sometimes think I can’t do certain things anymore. Because of his inspiration, and that of others, I will give my doubts second thoughts. 

    Milestone – 5 years complete 

    Somewhere between March 17th and the end of May, in 2012, I began raising awareness concerning alzheimers. I decided on June 1st, 2012 as the official start date. So 5 years is done. It has been extremely successful. There is more to come. Why do more? No cure yet!

    My dad and millions of other folks died with alzheimer’s. 

    another Milestone soon 

    June 1st, 2017 will mark 5 years of full time advocacy concerning alzheimer’s disease.  

    A Milestone is reached 

    In 2012, Mark Lein approached me on the ADA trail at Amicalola Falls. He stated that he had heard of my upcoming trip across America for alzheimer’s. He went on to say that both he, and his wife Janice, would like to put together a blog for me and teach me how to use it. He said they wanted to help. Flyline Search Marketing did build that blog, they did teach me how to use it, and a few minutes ago, the blog was viewed for the 250,000 time. Yep, that’s a quarter of a million hits.

    Thank you. I am Grateful to Flyline. I am grateful to others that encouraged me to continue blogging and to those I blogged about. I am grateful for the viewers. I did my best and was honest. I hope readers sensed the struggles, because there were many and they came often. I appreciate WordPress and the WordPress community for accepting me. 

    250,000 is a big number to me. 

    Of course, the most important part of all, is the awareness it may have raised, and any help it lent. 

    My dad, along with millions of other folks, died with alzheimer’s disease. 

    Proud of my Service in the United States Navy. 

    September 12th, 1968 thru September 11th, 1974 – Honorable Discharge – Never in harms way from America’s enemy. 

    NAS Jacksonville
    NAS Rota, Spain
    NAS Charleston
    Uss Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA 42 – Mayport 
    NAS Cecil Field

    Third Class Petty Officer – Aviation Storekeeper

    2 Mediterranean Cruises on board the Roosevelt. The duration was 7 months for the first one and 6 months for the second one. 

    Milestone hit – 40

    Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure. Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and most of those, have at least one caregiver.

    The Alzheimer’s Association has a mission:    To eliminate Alzheimers disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health

    Yesterday the total contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, from this project, exceeded $40,000. These, much needed dollars were donated by hundreds of people. From everyone involved in the project, we Thank You. That money will ease the suffering. 

    One year of caregiving

    I’ve been with mom about a year, maybe a little longer. It’s been a pretty hard year. It’s been a hard year for people that have been near me because I have not had a great attitude at times. I accepted my responsibility by being here and have done very well at that. The part about accepting the responsibility with a good attitude is where I have needed improvement. I’m proud to say that I am improving my attitude. I’m here for ever how long I am needed. 

    Thanks for the Tweet Alzheimer’s Association 

    This was on my feed in Twitter today. I appreciate it much. It’s an honor to me when the Alzheimer’s Association mentions.