When I left school on the very last day,
I was exhausted and run down.
Morning of the Last Day St. Anthony, Newfoundland
The first goal I set for myself
was to regain my health and fitness.
I decided to walk from Aurora, Colorado in the USA
to St. Anthony, Newfoundland in Canada.
I headed for I-70 my very first day,
and I've been walking ever since.
And yesterday, my 759th day of retirement,
I hit 1200 miles or 1931 kilometers.
That puts me in Huber Heights, Ohio,
near the intersection of I-70 and I-75
on the outskirts of Dayton, Ohio.
I want to make it clear
that I am not physically trudging
along the side of a hot and busy interstate
as I head from Dayton to Columbus.
I'm tallying my daily walks and marking them on a map.
I knocked off 146 miles of walking on my recent trip to Europe.
The miles I record have to be walking miles,
not steps during the day.
As I closed in on 1200 miles yesterday,
I was walking along my prairie pocket.
This is what I saw:
A Mallard Swimming in a Pond
Prairie Pocket Pond
Pronghorn on the Prairie
1200 miles and walking ~
St. Anthony or bust!
St. Anthony, Newfoundlamd
By this method, you have traversed 1/20 th the circumference of the world. Had you set out east, the landscape would be much wetter than the extraordinary scenes you have photoed. My congratulations on your method, progress and obvious dedication to physical fitness.ReplyDelete
Thanks Geo! How fun ~ 1/20 of the circumference of the world! I love wide open spaces with big skies. And I love the pronghorn which are very hard to capture. They are skittish and will run hell bent if they feel threatened. I'm photographing them from a long distance. One of these days I'll have to take a tripod and my better camera, and see if I can photograph them without them getting spooked by me. Have a good one!Delete
If want to get them closer it means you NEED to be in hide, with your tripod and good zoom if they are this skittish!! LOL!!!Delete
What an interesting way to achieve your fitness goal. I think you have a fun brain.ReplyDelete
I love seeing antelope.
Thanks Terry! Antelope are beautiful animals ~ so wild and free and fast! Have a happy evening!Delete
How awesome! We used to have a challenge at work to "climb" all the 14ers by using the stairs instead of the elevators. But the challenge fizzled because only four of 120 people participated. So I am very proud of you for keeping it up!ReplyDelete
That would be a lot of stairs, Snowcatcher! It's too bad it fizzled out. I'm determined to get to St. Anthony, and when I do, I'm going back there for real. I'm going to hop out of the car and walk the last few miles into St. Anthony for coffee at Tim Horton's, maybe celebrate with a Timbit or two for starters! (It's a Canadian thing) Take care!Delete
The great thing about this is you really see what's around you. Great job. Here's to more miles and in good health.ReplyDelete
Thank you, C. Lee! It's amazing what you can see when you slow down and look. I love the set-up of your website and clicking on the books. It gave me a jolt the first time because it sounds like a rattler, something I'm always watching for! LOL Have a great evening.Delete
I am really proud of you, this is awesome! I love your photos, too. :)ReplyDelete
Thank, Linda! I'm proud of me too! Take care!Delete
Awesome as you walk away, you'll make it back to Canada's bay, at least metaphorically or so and great pictures too at your show.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Pat! Told you I was an expert at falling behind! LOL! Happy Friday to you!Delete
Have a good evening where you're at!
What a wonderful retirement goal! Keep up the great example. Love the photos too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sharon! Getting back to Newfoundland again is a powerful motivator.Delete
Good for you! Getting close to Canada now!ReplyDelete
Yes I am, Debra! One foot after another. Meanwhile I'll be back in Nova Scotia in 15 days! Can't wait to see Ron again and to finally meet Jim and Sophie Doodle! Have a Happy Friday!Delete
What a fantastic way to see our beautiful country. What stunning pictures. Go You!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the encouragement, Elsie! Take care!Delete
This blows me away. I am totally impressed!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Rick! It's a lot of walking to look at in total, but one step at a time is doable! Have a good one!Delete
You'll do it, Louise ~~~ I have full confidence in you and besides July 26th is just about here, rightO!!!ReplyDelete
You bet I'm going to do it, Ron! I bet you'd be surprised if you totaled up all your walks! You probably been across Canada just going up and down MacDonald Hill, LOL! See you soon! :)Delete
What a brilliant idea. You could walk anywhere in the world that way. Although with your view, I'd enjoy walking right there.ReplyDelete
It's a good motivator, Alex! I dearly love Newfoundland! Happy Friday to you!Delete
What a great goal. You are really going well. How do you mark off the distance from one place to another?ReplyDelete
Thanks, Peggy! I "walking along" I-70 right now, so with some computer work and google maps, I'm able to come pretty close to the mileage. Probably very close because I'm a perfectionist! LOL! That's why I'm at Huber Heights instead of just saying Dayton. I've got to get busy swimming and paddle boarding though because I've got to get from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth and from North Sydney (NS) to Port aux Basques (NF). I'm at a big six miles on the water! Take care!Delete
That is fantastic! And I love walking as much as you do. Great form of exercise, and you get to see so many things when you're out and about. Beautiful photos!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Martha! Walking is the best! It just feels so good to have strong, sure legs. I just wish those pesky pronghorn would come a little bit closer. I'm getting better at spotting those little white dots. Half the time they're off running when they see me looking for them. But it's great fun! Have a great Friday!Delete
What an amazing journey you are on. I am so glad you found me so I could find you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the lovely comment, Karen! Have a happy weekend!ReplyDelete
The way to go!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for lot forgetting about me, I don't walk, I run!!!!!
I bet you do run, Noushka! LOL! You got to be fast to catch dragons!Delete
Wow!!! That is pretty amazing!!!! you have set yourself a cool goal! XReplyDelete
Thanks, Kezzie! One step at a time, and I'll get there! Have a good one!Delete