Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1414 Miles and Walking ...


Since I last checked in with you 
in July, on my long, long walk 
to St. Anthony, Newfoundland,
I've racked up another 
214 miles (344 kilometers).

Sunday, I passed through Wickliffe,
a small city about seventeen miles
northeast of Cleveland, Ohio.

Last night, I was three miles farther northeast
and headed for Concord on Interstate-90
along the shores of Lake Erie.



Wickliffe, Ohio: Photo Credits ~ Vic Cooke




















After walking 1250 miles (2011 kilometers)
from Aurora, Colorado, to Columbus, Ohio,
I finally got to leave Interstate-70!



Headed for Cleveland



Interstate - 71 North took me
the 144 miles (231 kilometers)
to Interstate -90 in Cleveland.


Cleveland, Ohio
Cuyahoga River Mouth in Foreground
Burke-Lakefront Airport Top Left
(I picked up I-90 along the shore of Lake Erie by the airport.)



Just to be clear ~ 
I'm not physically slogging through 
lakeshore snow
as I head from Wickliffe, Ohio 
to Erie, Pennsylvania.


Snow Outside Cleveland


I'm tucked in by the fireplace at home
as the latest go-round of snow moves in.


Snow Arrives in Southeastern Aurora


I'm tallying my daily walks 
and marking them on a map.
The miles I record are walking miles,
not steps during the day.

1414 miles and walking ~
St. Anthony, Newfoundland or bust!


Where My Trek Will End
Fundy Blue, July 2011

St. Anthony, Newfoundlamd

40 comments:

  1. Keep on truckin', as they used to say back in the day.

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I loved that expression! It brings back a lot of memories!

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  2. That is a really great idea. You can see your progress and it gives you a goal. Sadie and I can't wait to get back outside and walk. Right now everything is icy and the danger of a fall at my age...seventy..can be life changing. So I'll stay in. i used to have a treadmill but got rid of that many years ago. I could go to the gym...hmm...what excuse do I have? Anyway, I'm proud of you charting your miles. Are you estimating when you will get there?

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    1. Hi Peggy! It will probably take me another two or three years at the rate I'm going. Sometimes I "house walk." I walk in circles inside the house when I'm sick or the weather is bad. And it's helped me to have a personal trainer twice a week. I buy her time in 20-hour chunks for a price break, and then we do two half hour sessions a week. That gets me out the door, and having Julie has really helped me. I'm going to St. Anthony for real to celebrate, and then I'm going to walk on to Labrador City! Happy evening!

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  3. Hi Fundy, It's Barb ... so when you you reach your goal - St Anthony ... will we do a physical return trip to celebrate???? :) As Debra says above - keep on truckin

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    1. Hey Barb! I thought that I left you a reply! Of course ~ Right back to Timmies for coffee and Timbits! Hopefully it will be warmer!

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  4. This is fantastic, and your photos are gorgeous! :)

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    1. Oops, Linda! I missed replying ~ Thank you as always, my friend!

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  5. You are getting there, soon you can kiss the cod with the newfies. Watch out for those crazy interstate drivers though lol

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    1. Step by step, although I'm looking forward to a good shot of Screech before I kiss the cod! I'm a rule follower ~ I walk facing the traffic! LOL!

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  6. I love all these pics, especially the snow pictures :)
    I'm amazed by the distances you've walked, wow!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my blog just now :) You made me smile a big happy smile.
    I wish you a very happy and healthy new year, too!
    Sending a big hug to you!
    Beate

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    1. Hugs right back at you, Beate! Thanks for your kind words!

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    1. And lots more to go, Adam! Games like this keep me moving!

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  8. Can't sit still can you, Louise? LOL... Actually, I love that you do this! So much fun.

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    1. No I can't, Martha! That's why I so got third grade boys! LOL! Have a good one!

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  9. I used to live in between Akron and Cleveland as a kid. I think we had band camp in Wickliffe.

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    1. Unreal, Susie! That is such fun to hear! Have a great evening!

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  10. I'd be tempted to take non-interstate roads ... less traffic! But probably less direct.

    That's some pretty impressive walking mileage. I think you should seek a shoe sponsor and get some lucrative endorsement deals going. :)

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  11. I love it, Sue! I'd be happy if Tim Horton's in St. Anthony would give me a free cup of coffee and a few Timbits! I'm taking the route I am because I've traveled it a number of times by car in my ancient past!

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  12. What fun! I also walk a lot of mileage but never thought of this fun way to reach a goal. Looks like you'll need snow boots for tomorrow's walk! It's snowing hard in Breckenridge,too.

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    1. Hey Barb! Yes, I'll need my snow boots today, but at least it's bright and sunny outside. I do love Colorado! Happy walking!

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  13. Wow! that's a lot of walking! i'm impressed

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    1. Thanks, Dawna! I racked up some of those miles in London this spring, including up and down and around The Tower of London. Have a great day!

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  14. Your photos are gorgeous and I'm so impressed with your walking. You will be my inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Kay! It helps me to have a goal to keep going. I've decided that one of the keys to aging better is to keep moving so I keep putting one foot in front of the other. When I "reach" St. Anthony, I'm going back for real to celebrate! Have fun under your sun!

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  15. My compliments and admiration. Clever idea to apply your walking exercise to geography! However, in the remote possibility that you are actually walking this route, I'd advise staying out of the middle lane of Rte. 70. I think that's only for cars.

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    1. LOL! I've been "walking" carefully! I will celebrate reaching my goal, by returning to St. Anthony and walking the last part and into the town's Tim Hortons for a coffee and Timbits (donut holes). I dearly love Newfoundland, even though I nearly froze in St. Anthony and L'anse aux Meadows when I was there in mid-July in 2011. Have a good one, Geo!

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    1. Hey, Alex! I strongly believe in whatever works, and this keeps me motivated. Have a good one!

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  17. This concept seems not penetrate my thick brain (my wife would say that often happens!). Are you walking the distance on a treadmill and then plotting the ground covered on a map?

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    1. You've got it, David. Whenever I walk for exercise, I record my distance. Sometimes it's on a treadmill, sometimes it's walking on the trails near my home, sometimes it's hiking in other countries, and sometimes it's really fun things like climbing up and down the stairs and running around the ramparts of The Tower of London. I now have a fitbit that helps me with steps in unknown spots, but I have paced all the nearby trails drawing on my mapping skills from when I was in the field as a geologist. I bet you, as a birdwatcher, have walked countless miles ~ maybe kilometers! The USA is stuck with the old English measurement system! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, TPC! Having a goal keeps me moving on! Have a happy day!

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  19. You had me going. I was scratching my head and telling myself what a baby I am- I don't even like walking to my mailbox in the cold!

    What an awesome idea. I'm so jealous I never thought of it.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! I realized after my first few walking update posts that I had better put in a paragraph about charting my progress on a map because people were thinking I was actually slogging along mile by mile on the highways! It's a fun idea, and it keeps me moving forward. Have a good one!

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  20. Hi fundy,
    You wanted to hear what a Song thrush sounds like...
    Here is a link to it on web site for bird songs world wide:
    http://www.xeno-canto.org/210596
    I hope this works!!
    I have to run, I'll be back ASAP!!!!!!

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    1. It worked beautifully, Noushka! And what a pretty and varied song the song thrush has! Duh ~ Internet ~ get with the 21st century, Louise! Thanks for sending me a link! Have a good one!

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  21. this is the neatest idea! It must keep you motivated!

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    1. Yes it does! It even had me dragging my IV up and down the hospital hallway a couple of summers ago! I hope all is well with you and yours, Monica!

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