Our thanks to Larry and the Brunswick News newspaper.
I received an email from Larry, requesting an interview for the newspaper. Brunswick is the area where I will start walking across America on January 1st. I gave him a call and we talked. I asked him if he would include the 1.800.272.3900 phone number, in the article and he said he would. That’s a big accomplishment for us. It’s what makes us feel like we have done our work. He asked for a picture and we sent him one.
The Brunswick suscribers will see that picture, with an article, and it will have the 24/7 helpline phone number included. Someone that sees the article may need help. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900. The phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.
I will leave St. Simon’s Island on January 1st, 2016 and WALK northeast and get on U.S. Highway 80 in Dublin, GA. From Dublin I will go west on 80 all the way to Dallas, TX. In between St. Simon’s and Dublin I will pass the cemetery where my dad is buried.
My mom lives about 1/3 mile off of U.S. Highway 80 in Roberta, GA. My nephew Scott lives on 80, about 1/2 mile from her. That will, I think, be an unusual feeling, to WALK to mom’s from St. Simon’s Island.
14,492 miles for the total project in 1213 days
Mom made another awesome breakfast. Eggs, grits, toast, sausage, coffee and orange juice. We chatted as we ate.
I went out for 3 miles on some dirt roads.
Mom and I chatted some more. I took a nap.
I went out for 3 more miles around town.
A mama cat and two kittens showed up at mom’s house this morning.
Patience is a virtue. Long drawn out fight with alzheimers disease.
We gotta find a cure and to do that we need money. We gotta raise awareness.
14,486 miles for the total project in 1212 days
Headed south to see mom for a couple of days. Left Holly Springs around 5:30 am. It was an easy drive through Atlanta.
Stopped on SR42, near Roberta and jogged a mile, and took a few pictures.
Mom was surprised by my early arrival. We had breakfast. I went down for a quick nap and her and husband Jack, headed to do some shopping.
I walked another mile.
Mom and I went to Crawford County High School and picked up my late brothers granddaughter.
My brothers two grandchildren walked with me a mile in the rain. That was fun.
Something I realized during and after the time I spent at Amicalola Falls State Park, was that I was not meeting many “current” caregivers.
As far as meeting caregivers, they were almost all “past” caregivers.
Being at Sloppy Floyd State Park yesterday, last night and today, got me to thinking about that again.
I guess that “current” caregivers probably, in most cases, can’t make it to a park. It can be hard to find someone to watch an alzheimers patient and hard to leave them too.
It’s ironic that a place that can lower stress levels, is the same place the caregivers might not be able to get to very often.
These are my thoughts. Not an expert.
The reporter and the photographer came out early to accommodate us. We appreciate it. The Cherokee Tribune had also provided coverage when we passed through this beautiful county in 2013.
Tyler and Ethan covered a little ground with me this morning.
I stopped at Fire Station 22 and one of the young men said “hi Jack” That was a surprise. It turns out that he is my friend on Facebook. It was great to meet him and 3 of the other firemen.
As I was nearing the Cherokee County Courthouse this young man wanted to know what my story was. We chatted a few minutes. It turns out that he backpacked from Springer Mountain, GA to Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail.
Yep, here it is. The picture of the Cherokee County Courthouse, Wilson and I.
Ended the day at the Georgian Hills Restaurant in downtown Canton, with Amy, Tyler, Ethan and grandma.
The temperature reached 90 degrees and the humidity was 48%. I was soaking wet from sweating.
The Cherokee Tribune is much appreciated for coming out. The 2 young ladies were awesome. The story the one on the left writes and the picture the one on the right took will raise awareness.
I headed to Amicalola Falls early. Today would be the day to tell friends so long for awhile.
The lady in this picture worked at the park in the not to distant past. We talked about the upcoming Run.
Mark Lein came up. We covered a few miles today. He said “ya can’t help anybody if your sick Jack. Don’t get sick”
We ran into these very fit looking folks on the stairs. I talked them into a picture.
Mark and I ate a very healthy lunch and spoke of old times. We said our “so longs” and he headed to the house.
I ran a few more minutes near the top of the falls. I told more staff goodbye.
These folks were enjoying the park after an ultra run this morning. Some fit people run here in these mountains. These trails are ridge trails with a lot of rocks and roots. Some steep climbs here and the humidity, ahh, the humidity is a killer. These guys are Strong !
I told the park staff I would see them sometime later. I have ground to cover and then I will return.
I told them that I would be raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association for a bit.
22 miles today, 1591 total miles finished.
1411 miles left.
Lots of sun today. High around 92 degrees. Not much wind.
Beautiful land, awesome people.
Ready to rest my body.
This has been a good day !!
Got permission from New Mexico to Run facing the flow of traffic where their is not an alternative route.
Thanks Rosa !!
Got some miles to do today. Wilson and I are ready to help. Ready to do what we can.
We will do it. Never quit.
It is okay to give out, but not give up.