Tag Archives: Jack Fussell

Saturday, October 3, 2015 blog post

14,556 miles for the total project in 1217 days

Headed to Amicalola Falls early. Mark Lein and I went, on foot, to High Shoals Baptist Church and turned around and came back. We were in the rain constantly. We walked and talked about a lot of things. We got back to the lodge and had lunch. We both did a great job of eating healthy. Mark headed home and I headed to Holly Springs. Here is a picture of us from a few weeks ago.

Keri Roetin put a picture on Facebook that made me emotional. Here is that picture.

Keri is my honorary granddaughter.

While I was in the visitor center, a lady about my age walked by and looked at me and said “thank you for what you do”

The staff of Coral Hospitality were awesome to me and hundreds of other guests today.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 blog post

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.

Monday, September 28th, 2015 blog post

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.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 blog post

14,379 miles for the total project in 1193 days

Up early and headed to Gilmer County. Parked the car next to the newspaper office, near the courthouse. Headed out towards Gordon County on 76. Raining and the road has a small shoulder and lots of curves. Not worried about me, main concern was in surprising a driver with my presence and causing someone to get hurt. After about four miles I made the decision to turn back. Back four miles, still raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association all the way. Eight miles today, in the rain. Proud of these eight miles.

I was able to confirm that two newspapers printed our story and included the 1.800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline phone number in the article. This call will be answered by trained counselors for the Alzheimer’s Association.This, of course, made my day.

A few folks stopped and offered me a ride. I said no and explained that, especially today, I needed to do this.

Got a friend in Arkansas that says she will keep on keeping on. She’s tough.

My mom just keeps going and going and going.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s are all getting near.

I hope that you get to do what it is that you were meant to do.

Jack Fussell

Saturday, September 5th, 2015 blog post

14,355 miles for the total project in 1189 days

I met Mark Lein at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park. We chatted a few minutes and then left the lodge. We were ready to run. We got on the trail beside the lodge and headed to the Len Foote Hike Inn parking lot. Across the lot and down to the top of the falls. We probably paused there for a bit and then got on the stairs. We walked on the stairs for a bit and then started jogging them. We got to the end of the stairs and jogged down the paved trail, went by the reflection pond and across the parking lot and got back on the dirt trail. The trail crosses the road and continues on, but we got on the paved road and jogged to the visitor center. From the visitor center we headed up the paved road to the top of the falls. That is 1.2 mile long road that gains about 1200 feet of elevation in that distance. Then back down the stairs again. We ran into Andrea Buzeta near the pond. We made arrangements with her to meet her at the lodge for lunch. We repeated the first run back to the top of the falls and then on up to the lodge for lunch.

Mark, Andrea and I had lunch in the lodge. They both very graciously let me talk with them about the Facebook page and this blog.


Andrea Buzeta at Amicalola Falls State Park.

After lunch, Mark headed home and Andrea and I walked and jogged out about a mile on the Len Foote Hike Inn Trail. Dirt trail all the way. Lots of roots and rocks. We continued with our talk about this blog and of the importance of staying fit.

Mark is the young man that provides the web site for “across the land” He is a trail runner and mountain biker. Mark told me of the motto of the United States Navy Seals. “The only easy day, was yesterday

Andrea has become an adventurer. She goes all over the world hiking.

Physical fitness is a tremendous way to keep your immune system strong. A strong immune system can fight off a lot of diseases.

After Andrea headed home, I went out for a few more miles. I spent a lot of time speaking with folks about alzheimer’s disease and not jogging. That’s a good thing.

I received a return phone call from an alzheimers research scientist I met in 2013. He was heading to participate in a triathlon that will benefit muscular dystrophy. He has answered a lot of questions for me.

North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, in Ellijay, Georgia, made a contribution to “across the land” today.

This was a good day. Worked at keeping myself fit and talked with a few folks about alzheimer’s. Lots of folks saw the car.

I spoke with Mark about the overwhelming success of this blog. It is a WordPress blog. Flyline Search Marketing designed it and the format has been very easy to use.

I am pretty tired and when I was coming up the road near the end of the day, one of the park staff saw me struggling and offered a ride. I accepted. Sure appreciate that ride.

I wore my veterans cap. Several folks thanked me for my service. Veterans are important to me.

I hope you get to live your dreams.

Jack Fussell

Caregivers – state parks ?

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.

Slow going, but still going

It’s an absolutely beautiful morning here in North Georgia. The temperature is around 60 degrees. Lots of blue skies up here.

I’m headed to the courthouse in Floyd County. I’ll park my car there and get out the stroller and head north towards Chattooga County.

Someone will pick me up this afternoon and bring me back to the car.


Blue skies a little west of Cartersville, GA

August 24th 2015 – 1:40 pm blog post

I met up with Robyn Matthews at Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia. Robyn is with the Alzheimer’s Association. We chatted a few minutes in the parking lot and went in the facility.
Here is a picture of Robyn.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia - Robyn Matthews - Alz

Mercy Care is an awesome place. They provide Adult Day Health, Senior Employment, Grands Who Care and Caregiver Support.


August 24th 2015 Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia

Said so long to Robyn and drove to 5th Avenue Health Care in downtown Rome, Georgia. Met Margaret Geho. She expressed the team effort at the facility.


August 24th 2015 - 5th Avenue Health Care in Rome, Georgia

Dropped by the local newspaper to thank them for covering this project, to raise awareness, in their newspaper.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia

Spoke with several people that have a connection with alzheimers disease and one in the post office in Holly Springs that has a friend whose husband has early onset alzheimers.

It’s about the caregivers Jack !!

August 23rd 2015 9:35am

Raining here. Thunder in the distance. Sitting on the front porch and thinking about resuming the trek around Georgia tomorrow.


August 23rd 2015 in Holly Springs, Georgia

Things are a deep green here. 70 degrees this morning.

Feeling very thankful for who and what I have in my life.

My daughter participated in a 5k last night in Roswell, Georgia. She had a good time.

Ian Sharman was the first person to cross the finish line at the Leadville Trail 100 last night. He finished in 16 hours and 33 minutes.

Thanks for reading this blog.


A short walk down High Shoals Rd

Mark and I ran into each other at the top of the falls parking lot. He was chatting with two folks about the park.

We headed down the East Ridge Trail. We both held back and we decided to go elsewhere. The East Ridge Trail is extremely rocky for about the first 1/4 mile. The rocks are not enjoyable.

We headed back across the top of the falls and headed to High Shoals Rd. We went out into the forest. We had gone about 1/2 mile and Mark stuck his hand out to stop me. It was an extremely beautiful copperhead. It was in the road. We knew it would not be safe there. We looked around, found a stick and picked up the snake and moved it out of harms way. He possibly might have went back out in the road after we left, but we did our part.

We kept a watch and turned around when we knew we would end up back at the lodge at the perfect time for lunch.

We had a great lunch, with great conversation, and then Mark headed home.

We didn’t run, didn’t jog, we walked.

Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia

August 21st 2015