5/12/2015 blog post

sitting in an awesome motel on Route 66 in the great state of Texas.

It is where the Alamo is located. I got this stuff from the internet.

In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.

That sure must have been nerve racking. So many people trying to hurt you, but you just keep on fighting. They probably all knew what the outcome was going to be, but it was their duty.

This is a good day. Just keep on going, right ? Right!

Saw a baby today that’s only about 2 weeks old. Sure is beautiful. The mom sure is proud of her new baby.

I ran today on good old Route 66.

I tell ya what. This sure is an awesome life.

Well, rambling now, guess I will go for now.

I run, jog and walk to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

5/10/2015 blog post

Headed out of Kingman, Arizona early. Picked up a good, but not so healthy breakfast.

Posted the decision I made several days ago. I’m heading to Georgia.

Stopped a few times to take pictures. To many to put on the blog, but here are a couple that are important to me.

Twin Arrows, where Forrest Gump helped create the smiley face tshirts.

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The Jack Rabbit Trading Post where folks from Winslow drove out to get me in 2013.

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I met up with Jake Brown in Gallup, New Mexico today. Someone wanted me to make sure he is ok. He is okay.

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I drive, run, jog and walk to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

May 9, 2015 blog post

Had a quick breakfast in Kingman, Arizona and then headed west on Interstate 40. Turned north on US Highway 95 and eased up to Route 66. West to Lanfair Rd and then north into the Mojave National Preserve.

I parked the car at the entrance sign to the preserve and did four out and back runs for a total of 10 miles. I move the car each time.This was very important to me. It was important because on my 2013 trip it was late July when I was to come through here. I made the decision not to, so this was my first visit and the first time I have run here. I learned a lot today that I did not know. I thought of Paul Staso.

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I was in, I believe what they call the chaparral zone. Plants you are seeing include sagebrush, calcicolous scrub and saltbrush

I spoke with Mark on the phone about easing up on my mileage. No problems, this is a preventive maintenance measure.

Spoke with mom and they did the MRI. She will meet with the doctor Monday. What the doctor tells her will have heavy influence on my future plans. The pain in her back, from the fall continues.

Had subway for lunch in Needles, California. Tuna on wheat. It was a late lunch.

The part of the Mojave that I was in is very beautiful.You can run a section of the preserve from top to bottom and it is 45 miles and a very lonely road. I saw one vehicle Pass me the whole time I was there.
I run and jog and walk to raise awareness for the Alzheimers Association.

Headed back to Kingman.

May 8, 2015 Arizona

11 states on this ever changing Journey “Across the Land”

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Driving, Running, Jogging, and Walking.  Raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s about the Caregivers.

Met some folks at Monument Valley

I park the car. It has the signs on it about the walk and the toll free help line that can be called anytime. I walk, jog and run around. I always end up talking and giving out cards. We talk about alzheimers disease. It’s about the Caregivers.

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The lady in this picture is a therapist that works at a nursing home.
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All of these folks heard the word alzheimer’s today.

From England

This young man is riding across America. Next year he will run across. Very inspiring. Mutual respect.

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These folks do not know the bicyclist.
Thanks for chatting.

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All are from England. They missed seeing each other by just a couple of hours.

What’s my message?

If you need help concerning alzheimer’s disease call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900 anytime.

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Why I don’t run with Wilson

I was running with him for awhile, but I can’t anymore. I found out it made a lot of folks think I was going across America just on foot. Plain and simple, I don’t have a “real” need for Wilson. He is folded up and in the trunk.
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If I have a “real” need, he will come back out. Just between you and me, that is my favorite way to go. It’s not in the cards now, but that doesn’t mean that at some point, it will not be in the cards.

Wilson has done a lot and been through a lot.

May 6, 2015 blog post

Drove from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab , Utah. On Interstate 70 and then SR 128. Took a picture when I entered Utah. Here is a picture of the man that took it for me.

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Stopped on 128 once just to stand. Not much traffic, not much noise. Peaceful out there. I thought about John Denver because of his love for the Rockies.

I got to the Motel 6 way before check in time, so I ran, jogged and walked. I waved and smiled at a lot of folks. I went to the Moab National Park. It was beautiful. I took pics. I had not planned to visit Moab. Susan Riblet told me of it. Lots of people at the park. A stormed popped up and I let a couple from France sit it out in the car with me. Several folks today were made aware that I care about our ongoing and long going problem with alzheimer’s disease.

Spoke to my mom and my daughter Amy.

Ran, Jogged and walked some in the town of Moab.

I gave out some of my cards today. I wrote on them with a sharpie.

Still wearing the Alzheimer’s Association All Star shirt given to me by Michelle at the Denver Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you read this, and you need help concerning alzheimers disease, please call 1.800.272.3900 anytime.

May 6, 2015 Utah

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Made a plan, it changed to what it has changed to. Walked out one day and it was raining. The forecast said no. I turned around, went in and got an umbrella. I walked for a bit holding the umbrella over my head and the rain quit. I folded it up.

I am driving, running, jogging and walking around America to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Miles do not matter today, or when or where I will finish. I am raising awareness. It’s all about the caregivers!

Been in 10 states on this trip so far.

No idea at the moment, how many are left.