Sunday, November 24, 2013

800 Miles and Walking … Well into Missouri!

Earlier this week I hit 800 miles
or 1287.5 kilometers of walking!

On day 529 of walking in a row!

St. Anthony, Newfoundland is still a long way off,
but I'll get there, one step at a time.

St. Anthony, Newfoundland

When I last updated you 
on my imaginary walk to St. Anthony,
I was at 640 miles
which put me at the Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area
about 44 miles into Missouri.

160 miles more, and I am getting closer 
to the eastern border of the state.

800 miles from my doorstep puts me
between Foristell and Wentzville, 
on the outskirts of St. Charles, Missouri.

Foristell, Missouri
Source:  Google

Map of the United States of America
Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri are in the Middle
Source:  Wikipedia

My route is real,
as are the walking miles I've tallied.

I'm adding up all the miles I walk 
on the treadmill and the elliptical in gyms, 
on the sidewalks and outdoor trails in my neighborhood,
and on hiking trails anywhere
in my quest to be as healthy and fit as I can.

View from My Treadmill
at the Ameristar in Black Hawk

A Big Truck and Men in Hard Hats
Make Those Miles Fly!

If there is a blizzard or other such bad weather,
I housewalk,
round and round the inside my house
and up and down the stairs.

If I'm in the hospital,
why, I just walk up and down the corridor
dragging my IV with me.

One way or another I'll reach St. Anthony!
I'm going to walk the last few miles for real.

Then I'm headed straight for Timmies
for a giant cup of steaming coffee
and a great big chocolate-covered doughnut.

Tim Hortons, St. Anthony

Whatever it takes! is my motto,
and if a chocolate-covered doughnut
and a steaming cup of coffee
get this honorary Newf to St. Anthony,
so be it.

I hope the sun is shining next time!
Approximately 1,689,600 steps and walking…

On the Long Walk 
with My Favorite Walking Buddies:
Terry, Rufus, and Gracie

 A Favorite Walking Song in My Shuffle
Source:  You Tube ~ MN Rankin 

The E-P Makes Any Walk Better

What are your favorite tricks to keep you motivated
when tackling a major fitness challenge?

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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Debra! I've been up to my elbows in flour and sugar and butter with Thanksgiving here tomorrow, so I haven't been able to go on-line. Thanks for stopping by ~ hope all is well with you!

  2. Pups look really happy indeed, you still have quite the walk ahead too, walk in and out and all about

    1. Hey Pat! Hope all is well, where you're at! Yeah, I still have a long walk ahead of me. And I have to "swim" and "paddle board" the water sections. But I'll get there!

  3. You are one motivated honorary Newf! I tell ya Louise! You will get there and at this pace pretty soon....considering you are walking!
    Good to see fellow Nova Scotian here...Jimmy Rankin!! from Mabou C.B. What a talented family he is from!!
    Thanks for supplying the US map Louise! I know my Eastern Seaboard states but most of the others? especially those in the middle!!! lol
    You guys look so comfy with dogs....about time maybe?
    Have a great week ahead.

    1. Hey Jim! I've been busy with Thanksgiving baking. I was baking a cheesecake yesterday, and my beater died in the middle ~ arrggghhhh! Then the cheesecake developed the Grand Canyon in the middle! I just got back from taking my black and blond four-footed buds on a walk in the snow at 10,000 feet ~ just gorgeous up here. Gotta go, Noreen just handed me a big bowl of brussels sprouts to trim! Take care!

    2. Brussels sprouts done! I just love Jimmy Rankin's music ~ not to mention the rest of the Rankins. It was very sad about John Morris and his accident in Cheticamp. Mabou is just a gorgeous area. My grandfather MacDonald's people came from that area. I'm a little fuzzy on some of the middle states too! And you know I love maps. Not time for a dog for us yet ~ I hope I have too much traveling to do yet! I hope that you are having a great week too!

  4. Keep on trucking Louise - from your number one fan/cheerleader!

    1. Thanks Barb! Maybe we'll do the last real miles into St. Anthony together ~ have another stop at Timmies together!

  5. Looks like you are about 1/5 of the way there barring any crooked trails you might have to take. Goals in life are so important, aren't they!?!
    As Jim mentioned we are numb about the central States, but guess what? We are learning through your stories. Thank you, Teach!
    I am so ignorant about the part of the US west of New England. Shame on me. I do know the Pacific Coast States because we biked them many years ago. I think we are water people and HAVE to have salt water near by!
    Looks cold in Black Hawk, those poor workers ~~ hopefully the $$ are big for them.
    You guys look so perfect with the 2 doggies. There is something different about peeps with dogs. We were discussing this the other day. In the park there is a definite dividing line that is so obvious with dog lovers and non-dog lovers. There is an insular feeling, almost selfish-mean spirited feeling given off by those that glare at you because your dog wanted to their friend. Happens all the time. It maybe because Sophie is sooooo friendly that timid people have no idea as to how to handle the dogs. I try valiantly to be prepared daily because of Sophie's "super friendliness" but once in awhile I fail. Such is he life of a extrovert doggie's Daddy!

    I suspect you are deep into Missouri now or ~~ or Illinois!! I learned where Illinois is ~~~ YAY!


    1. Hey Ron! I have to "swim" and "paddle board" the water parts. We're going to Waikiki in the spring, and I hope to do some serious SUPing! This year I want to learn how to ride a wave ~ we'll see! I miss the ocean when I'm away. Terry has done an awesome job of getting me to at least one ocean beach a year. But after almost 32 years in Colorado, I'm hooked on the mountains too! How could anyone glare at you and Ms. Doodle? Gracie was so glad to see me today! When she saw me get out of the car, she started doing her trampoline jump at the door ~ and Rufus was drumming his tail. I was soooo happy to see them! We've already been out tramping in the snow on a gorgeous, gorgeous mountain day. I'm closing in on the western border of Illinois now. Have a good evening!

  6. How wonderful this quest is! I am so impressed! I'm sorry I have missed it…my hubs has been ill and it has been nutty around here! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

  7. Thank you, Monica! I'm sorry to hear that your hubby has been sick, on top of everything else and teaching! Our Thanksgiving was lovely ~ hope yours was too! Take care, and hopefully, a breather or two!


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