February 6-12 was week 28 in my year-long, personal, challenge of walking 2,019 miles in 2019. I started my walk on August1, 2018 with the goal of completing the mileage by July 31, 2019. To reach the finish line I need to walk 38.83 miles per week 5.55 miles per day.
Rocky and I traveled to West Virginia and back this week to visit family, so two days involved car rides making walking a little more difficult than normal. However, I was still able to log 41.85 miles during the week, including two 8-miles days and three days mapping over 7 miles . It rained three days this week but I own some good rain gear, so I slogged right along. It was also cold enough to drive the thermometers below freezing, but the snow was minimal and did not impact the goal with slippery paths.
It was enjoyable to be able to walk in two different states this week. The familiar loops of Springboro, Ohio, allow me to walk without concern of the route, but the circuits in Morgantown, WV, provide new places to see and old stomping grounds to revisit. Life is good and I try not to take the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and exercise my legs for granted.
Listening to books has become part of the walking routine and this week I completed five audiobooks. The Camel Club, by David Baldacci, Front Desk, by Kelly Yang, The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Steven King and Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear. All five of the books were quite good representing a variety of genres. The Camel Club was a political thriller; Front Desk came from the shelves of young adult literature; The Broken Girls, involved a ghost story mixed with mystery; The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, takes it reader to the Appalachian Trail and a lost girl; and Maisie Dobbs takes place during WW1 and investigates the physical/emotional brokenness of war. It was a good week getting to know some interesting characters through the words of others.
My total mileage toward my goal of 2,019 miles is 1,274.73, leaving me 745 miles to go. If the weather permits and my legs are willing and God lesses, I hope to reach the 1,300-mile barrier this coming week. I am also hoping that February continues to cooperate with walkable weather as I look forward to the warm breezes of spring and the glorious sun of summer.