4/12/2015 pictures Waterton Canyon

Dr. Michael Zuwada on the left and friends. He is a research scientist, trying to find a cure for alzheimer’s disease.

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Bob Jogging stroller. When you get a baby in the house, you can still keep exercising

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Dr. Zawada’s wife on the left and a neighbor.
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The lady on the right had an alzheimers connection. The other two were very encouraging about what I am doing.

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Beautiful scenery out here.

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4/11/2015

The drive
To Denver. About 60 miles in the car. Chilly early, beautiful sky.

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Lots of folks in Denver. Beautiful accommodations provided by The Magnolia Hotel.

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The Run
Trails today. Lots of folks, bikes and on foot. Beautiful stream most of the way. The backdrop, snowcapped mountains, and a lot of them. Managing my resources well, no pain and lots of miles every day.

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The red marker is the Bob O Link Trailhead. Look at the range of mountains to the west.

Alzheimer’s
I spoke with Dr. Steve Barger today about many things. We mostly talked about money for research.

I spoke with my daughter about the peanut butter test the University of Florida seems a little excited about.

I can taste it, we have got to have more for research and it needs to start soon.

People I met
This young man (Edgar) has been told he has some dementia. His opinion is that we are causing alzheimers by the way we eat. He said something is bad wrong with all this. Edgar smiles and speaks to everyone. People enjoyed him. I certainly did.

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This young lady lost her grandfather to alzheimers. She took the picture above, of Edgar and I. She was very encouraging to me. I appreciate her.

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Susan Riblet called today and, as always, knew just what to say. My mom told me the other day “that young lady sure is good for you.”

I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mark Lein
He has run in Leadville as a participant and as a pacer. He went over Hope Pass. He loves to Run.
He has pedaled that awesome bike a lot of miles in North Georgia. He cracked his neck in a horrible fall and came right back. He got back up on that bike.
He gave me his Silver Rush number. It was the one he wore at Leadville.
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He Inspires Me

Susan Riblet
I saw her push a jogging stroller over 18 miles. It was loaded with my gear and it weighed around 70 lbs. We climbed over 5000 feet that day. She was bleeding. Her foot developed a beast of a blister. She would not stop.
Later, she climbed over 10,000 feet on her 67 mile run across the same mountain range. Over and back. Very dangerous area to Run because of switchbacks and traffic. She managed it.
She did a lot of Running at Guatonemo Bay, Cuba. She ran strong.
I have happened up behind her a couple of times accidentally and her pace was almost unbearable to watch. I thought that any second she would have to slow her “pace”. I was wrong. I don’t know how someone does that.
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I Know she Inspires Me !!

4/10/2015

The drive
23 miles to the toll both on Pikes Peak Highway. $10.00, well worth it. Their are not many straight sections on this road.

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The Run.
16 miles at around 12 – 13,000 foot elevation. On the Pikes Peak Highway some, on some single track that is probably not official and I made my on trail, hoping to Run up on an animal or two. Nope, no animals. I never felt anything from the elevation change.

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Alzheimer’s
Amy, my daughter, spoke to me about her take on the peanut butter smell test that the University of Florida believes in to determine an early diagnosis of alzheimers disease.  Google it, it’s interesting!

People I met
This young lady was on Pikes Peak with her mom and dad. Her husband is in the United States Army. She is from Ashburn, Georgia. She has worked in an alzheimers unit. She said she appreciates what I am doing. She has seen and tasted this disease.

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Ryan Perry called. He is a college gymnastics coach in Lincoln , Nebraska. They are headed to Denver for a couple of shows. Him and his wife Jessica have been staunch supporters of across the land.
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4/9/2015

The drive
Not far. About 10 miles to Garden of the Gods Park.

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The Run
19 miles today. Some was on the asphalt road, but most was on the the dirt and concrete trails in the park. Beautiful scenery. Cold weather gear on for a little while, then it came off and later went back on again.

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Alzheimer’s
Lots of folks spoke today. The man in this picture with me had an alzheimers connection.

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I spoke with a preacher. He said he had not given alzheimers a lot of thought until he had a close connection. The key word is had. His church now has a support group for alzheimer’s caregivers.

People I met.
This BOB Revolution SE jogging stroller caught my eye because it’s the same model I used in the 2013 trip.

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This young man asked about my Journey and said he may do that some day. I told him I bet he could.
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Another Britax product. They asked about the trip.
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4/8/2015

The drive
From Trinidad, Colorado to Colorado Springs on Interstate 25. Again I saw several herds of antelope. I spotted windmills again.

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The Run
Not on Pikes Peak, but all around it. About half my miles today on roads and the rest on single track. Lots of elevation change. Beautiful all around. No roots, plenty of rocks. Wish my Running buddy could have been here.

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Alzheimers
Stopped by the Alzheimer’s Association office in Pueblo for a few minutes. Spoke with a lady that was a caregiver for eight years.

Dropped in for a few minutes at the office in Colorado Springs. They gave me a t-shirt and some water.
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Got a call from the Denver office of the Alzheimer’s Association setting up a visit for next week.

Received a phone call from High Point Assisted Living in Denver setting up a visit for next Wednesday. I have been invited for lunch.

People I met
This young man is in the United States Air Force Reserve. Yep, that’s his buddy with him. Very encouraging.
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This young lady was very encouraging to me. She said she may serve others.
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Both of these folks hollered their permission for these pictures. Some heavy duty cycling out here. It’s not flat!!
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4/7/2015

The drive
Into Colorado and I was so psyched. On Interstate 25. I saw several antelope herds and one herd of deer.

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The Run
I’ve been hitting it pretty hard and decided to do a minimal amount on trail and mostly road. Great views of the snow capped mountains to the west of Trinidad. Long distances are easier in cool weather. The elevation was approximately 6,500 feet.

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Alzheimers
Heard from Dr. Michael Zuwada from the University of Colorado Medical School about next Mondays meetings.

I’ve been invited to visit High Pointe Assisted Living in Denver. They are owned by the same folks that own Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That will be great.

I was allowed to tell my story to some kids that attend the Holy Trinity Academy in Trinidad. They were Running. They have an awesome teacher.

Please look at and like this page. Emory Research. Awesome people. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=345706755603023

4/6/2015

I have been using Albuquerque as my base a few days. I traveled some awesome miles while here. I said so long to Albuquerque this morning.

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Trail Running today. Lots of elevation change on a narrow, but beautiful trail. Very busy area. Got up to 8,300 feet above sea level. I met three men, all over age 70 out on this trail.

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Visited a beautiful and well kept National Cemetery. Went in and thanked them for the appearance.

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Spent the night at the Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe. Alden arranged the stay. Awesome place.

Spoke with Scott in Colorado Springs, CO. I will stay with them a couple of nights. Scott and his wife are great friends of my daughter.

Spoke with Mike and he invited me to lunch with the research team at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver Monday at 11:30 am. Mike is a research scientist I met in Little Rock on the 2013 trip.

This was a good day. I feel good mentally and physically.

I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association!

My thoughts on 4/5/2015

I feel very blessed about it all. I am raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am trying to be a good example. I look forward to seeing family/friends. I look forward to continuing to raise awareness, a little closer to them. I want to use everything God has blessed me with. I think of everyone that has helped me. I think of people I have met. I think of “Llama 4.4″ and “open road” I think of how naive I was about all the phases of the fight against Alzheimers, and maybe I still am. I think of the landscape I have seen. I have laughed and cried and been strong and weak. I have been so blessed. This is a great time in my life.

I have another 1500 miles to Run between Pueblo, Colorado and Monterey, California.

I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association.

4/5/2015

It’s been a good day. Easter Sunday is very important to me.

Up pretty early today and headed out to a lot of sunshine. Running some miles west of Albuquerque on Route 66.

I spent some time today with an awesome young man. His name was Chris. Chris is a Navajo Indian and I will think of him often.

I reached a milestone of having Ran walked and jogged over 2000 miles since leaving Tybee Island.

I drove back into West Albuquerque and ran up that hill again. I enjoy that very much.

I headed to an assisted living home and had a wonderful lunch and visited the memory care unit one more time. That sure does keep me grounded.

I received a package today from Susan. Good stuff in the package, great heart from the sender.

Tomorrow morning I will head north again. I am amazed at how good I feel. I enjoy so much jogging all over America. I sure have some wonderful memories.

I tell you what, to me, there’s not much better than being able to go outside and Run. Some folks can’t. I could not for many years. The man upstairs helped me make a change.

Hey, thank you for reading my blog.

I run for the Alzheimers Association.

4/5/2015 a Milestone! – 2000 miles

On November 6th, 2015, I left Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia heading west. I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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