Hiking 2,019 miles before August 1, 2019, has been my physical goal for the past several months. I’ve just completed weeks 36 and 37 of the 52-week adventure. My personal challenge has been so much fun, although some days my old legs and sore muscles are not happy when I put on my Altra walking shoes and energize my MapMyHike App on my iPhone (I think I just did a three-way commercial). To reach my goal I need to trek a total of 38.83 miles per week. I have been doing very well so far and I am about 325 miles ahead of pace.
Week 36 (April 3-9) was an excellent week logging 52.2 miles. The week began with a 12 ½ -mile perimeter hike around Caesar Creek State Park. The local park is about 25 miles from my doorstep (I drive to the park!) and it has been a favorite hiking spot for several years. Week 37 was not as productive. I managed to hit the minimum number by walking 39.33 miles but I rested more this week taking two zero days. It felt good to enjoy some needed rest – God provided the Sabbath not just for worship but also for rest. I did not take “a day off” during week 36, so I double up on week 37 to make up for it – I’m not sure it is supposed to work that way.
I love watching spring explode into existence. Two weeks ago, everything was rather blah – brown, grey, and lifeless. Warmer temperatures, a little sunshine, a little rain, and WHAM! grass, buds on trees, a kaleidoscope of colorful flowers. The signs of life put an extra bounce in my step. The spring breezes fill my semi-ancient lungs with the freshness of a new season. The last two days (Monday and Tuesday – April 15-16) have been so pleasant that I have walked without a coat – it is like removing a burden and feeling the lift off the shoulders.
I have listened to several audiobooks (ten) over the past two weeks: Holes by Louis Sachar; Kira, Kira by Cynthia Kadohata; Munich by Robert Harris; Louisiana’s Way Home, Because of Winn-Dixie and Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo; A Spark of Life by Jodi Picoult; Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman; Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson; and M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton. Some were disappointing, other just mediocre, and a few were really good. I have become a fan of Kate DiCamillo and found her books entertaining. I also lift up Holes by Sachar – it was funny and introduced some great characters in a short book. Maybe it reflects my intellect, but I prefer the clean and more simple, moral plots of children’s literature to the adult novels with political correctness, amoral ethics, and humanistic philosophies.
My sister and I have collaborated on our 8th children’s book and have published Remarkable Rex on Amazon within the past two weeks. We co-authored this book, based on a true North Carolina story, and Diane has done a wonderful job illustrating the book with professional drawings. It is available on Amazon if you would like to check it out. Click on the cover and it will take to the webpage.
Week 38 awaits with 253.4 miles left to complete the challenge and the 1,800-mile marker in sight.