Should we maintain or train as competitors? Matt said competition is important. I do find that I feel more alive when I am competing. Further, I have realized that I enjoy competing with a past me. Maybe, on occasion, something will come up that draws me to compete against others. As a general rule I do like competition.
A few years back I was standing at the top of Amicalola Falls looking out over the valley from the observation bridge. I had my phone and I wondered how long it would take me to run down the 604 stairs, over the trail, around the pond and touch the telescope. I set the stop watch and took off. Time elapsed around 8 minutes, and it was fun. From time to time I would try again. The last time I ran it, it took 5 minutes and 31 seconds. That was my best time. It is amazing how much excitement “Hunters Run” provided me with.
I wonder if someone ran it in 5 minutes and 25 seconds, if I would want to give it another go . . . . .
I don’t look at this as an anchor. I look at this as an opportunity for growth.
Here is an explanation of my situation and the solution.
First, my situation. Mom is 87 years old and lost her husband and best friend on March 12th, 2016. We have family near. Someone needs to be near mom. I also wish to continue raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Next, my solution. I will plan in a detailed way, things that I can do from time to time to help raise awareness. I will coordinate these activities with mom and family so someone can be with her.
I will have a strong mindset. I will do my best and have faith that my activities will help both my mom and the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a very personal fight I am involved in with alzheimer’s disease.
Forrest Gump said this;
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Oh yeah, by the way, did I mention I am moving to Roberta, Georgia.
When we started this project in June of 2012, I knew things would come up. We have handled changes in the past and that will continue.
In 1901 Augusta Deter was diagnosed with what is now called alzheimers disease. The diagnosis was made by Dr. Aloysius Alzheimer. Doing the math tells me it has been 116 years since then. I have read opinions that say we are in our infancy when dealing with such longevity. A geriatric doctor in Bentonville, Arkansas told me that in 1900, the median age of death was 47 years of age. In 2014, it was 79. We have a lot to catch up on.
Dr. Aloysius Alzheimer
The weather was perfect. The Walk is almost in Hazlehurst, Georgia. Gave out a few cards today. They have the 1-800 number on it. Meeting a lot of Awesome Folks. It’s Very encouraging to have folks blow their horns and wave.
thank you Dollar General
stopping place for the day
stopped at Subway when I was done. Awesome lady there.
Raising Awareness and Dollar$ for the Alzheimer’s Association.
More from today!
just off Highway 341
I Enjoy dirt roads
Moms husband Jack has been rescheduled for surgery on the 8th of February. Things are looking Up here in Roberta, Georgia.
Started at the Hardee’s on 341 and finished at Cowpen Swamp Creek.
I saw on this website that a donation was made to the Alzheimers Association.
Had dinner with Sid and Bobbie Sue.
Staying at Felton’s tonight.
Pictures from today.
5 folks stopped and spoke with me about the trip I am on.
Not as tired today as I was yesterday. No real pain..
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 took the stroller out today for some pictures. Runnng with one is an art form. Ask anyone that has done much of it. Anyway, here are a few pictures.
This is a BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller. I am mighty proud of it. It is affectionately named Lieutenant Dan. I use it to carry gear. It’s getting ready to roll about 2,700 miles.
Six days after arriving, the time had come for this traveler to bid his mom goodbye. After a great visit and making unforgettable memories, I headed back to Canton, Georgia.
I was surprised at the low volume of traffic on Interstate 75. That was fine with me.
The shirts Amy designed arrived today. I will wear these all the way from St. Simon’s Island to Marina, California
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 19th, 2015 and Sunday, December 20th will be my last two days at Amicalola Falls.
Christmas night I will head back to moms and spend a couple of days with her before I drive to St. Simon’s Island.
At 11:00 am on New Years Day I will start heading west one step at a time to raise awareness about alzheimers disease, raise awareness about the Alzheimer’s Association and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
December 2nd, 2015. 9:52am
15,000 miles for the total project in 1275 days
Yep, 29 days left until I leave.
Goal – go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on foot.
Along the way I want to raise awareness about alzheimers disease and share the 24/7 helpline phone number at the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Although there are many paths up the mountain, one small step is the only way to begin the climb. And always remember you are not alone and there will be help along the way.”
Some help I knew of and some not.
Across the Land appreciates all of the help from everyone. We have all made a lot of impact in the fight with alzheimers disease. Here are a few impact points.
- $34,000 donated to the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 60 television interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 100 newspaper interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Over 20 radio interviews that mentioned the Alzheimer’s Association
- Gave out the 24/7 helpline to thousands of people
- Shared a lot of information personally to caregivers that helped them deal with alzheimers disease
I ran a little, jogged a little more than ran, and probably walked the majority of the time. I’m not a public speaker, not a media relations kind of person and not a fund raiser and I am not a counselor. That may let some reading this, know how much help I received.
In reality, I ran, jogged and walked a lot of miles. Someone else did the rest. Again, to that someone, thank you for letting me be a part of working with you to help in the fight with alzheimers disease.