Sorry I didn’t get this out sooner, I got home last night after picking up the furbabies, (I think they really missed me!), pretty much fell out and slept like a rock!
Soo, this is my really great weekend. The trip up was really smooth, got up there just fine. I got checked into my hotel room and then went to find the place to get checked in for the walk. There were lots of people and lots of help and it was actually very easy. It was kind of funny though, I had never been on a walk before and the person checking me in had never done that before so we were kind of both lost! But it happened just fine. Friday night was quiet, although I did have some excitement when I went out to drive the car to the parking lot I would need to be at in the morning and realized that my tire was going flat! There was a convenience/gas store a half a block away and so I went there to put some air in the tire. A very nice young man asked if I needed help and so he put air in the tire and I was hoping for the best in that maybe I had just let the air get too low. I went to the parking lot, about seven miles away, drove back and the tire was still ok. I went to bed early so I could be up at five in the morning. I got up ok, went out to the car and the tire was pretty much flat again. I put air in the tire and told myself that I would worry about what would most likely be a flat tire when I got done with the day later! I got to the start point, had some coffee and carbs with a banana and we all got started after the opening ceremony! Temp was on the cool side, but when I realized what it was like down in Denver later I was certainly not sorry we were up in the high country! I spent most of the first day pretty much walking by myself, it was fine, I wasn’t lonely and it was an absolutely beautiful walk! We did lunch at the lake and I continued my walk. I did realize at one point that I wouldn’t be able to make the full 26.2 miles though, it wasn’t my legs or my stamina, it was my feet. They started to swell and it was pushing my toes up against my shoes and I realized that I would end up hurting them again and there was NO WAY I was going to miss Sunday’s walk! So I decided that I would do the half marathon on Saturday and the same on Sunday. I was at about mile ten when I complimented a lady on her extremely elegant hat, we started talking and that was who I ended my day with! Her name is Kathy and she was there with her daughter and their friend. She is a breast cancer survivor and an incredible lady! I was telling her about my “tire adventure” and she told me that she had a portable generator and they would be happy to help me put air in the tire if it turned out to be flat! She and I finished up our walk at the 13.1 mark and Lou-Lou and Cindy continued on. Kathy’s sister gave me a ride to my car, the tire was indeed flat and they went to get the generator to put the air in the tire. It held until I could get to the Big O Tire in Frisco, I made it there 20 minutes before they closed (Thank You God) and they were able to get me a new tire, (it was in too bad a shape to be patched, I agreed with that), I had folks thanking me the whole time, I had to remember that I had my “Powerful” Avon Walk shirt on! I then went back to the Frisco Wellness Center, where I had a dinner of pasta and Italian meatballs in spaghetti sauce, Italian salad and bread and butter, and where we would all meet up in the morning to start the walk. Kathy invited me to join them and be a part of their team and I was thrilled to accept!
The walkers all met up at the Wellness Center on Sunday morning, still chilly but I knew the day would be fine, I had taken a jacket on Saturday and after fifteen minutes it was tied around my waist for the rest of the day! I didn’t wear it on Sunday! And the tire was fine! Breakfast was scrambled eggs with cheese, homestyle potatoes, link sausages, banana nut muffins and coffffeeeee!! I had breakfast with another very nice lady also named Kathy, and then met my group of ladies at the starting point for the ceremony. We then walked from Frisco to Breckenridge, and we had the honor of being the very last ladies to hit the lunch spot! Hehe…but we were determined to go all the way, and we actually made it to the finish line with oh….three other groups behind us! And I really don’t remember how we got in front of them, I think it must have been the rest stop that we just blew right past! There were two ladies in front of us and I told Cindy that we were going to get really close to them and then I wanted her to tackle her so we could get in front! She said, she could probably handle the catching up, and maybe handle the tackling, but NOT both! We walked into town with the whole place cheering us on, there were goosebumps and tears all around, we crossed the finish line arm in arm and I could not believe how it felt! Closing ceremonies were absolutely incredible, the walkers went forward in a group, the survivors were next and then the youth crew and crew and volunteers came after that! It was sooo….WOW….that’s the only way to describe it! You guys were all there with me, we had such a time!
I got a ride back to Frisco to my car, I got onto the freeway to come home, I got about five miles out of town…..and ended up stopped on the freeway with the car completely turned off, reading a book for at least a half hour. About 90% of the rest of the trip was done at…oh….40 miles an hour, and a trip that should have taken about an hour and a half took three hours. And it was only heavy traffic, not any kind of emergency. And I did NOT care! I just wanted to get home to the furbabies, I would get there soon enough, and I was NOT going to let anything ruin the memories I had just made!
I’m thinking (already!) about being a volunteer next year, to see how it would be to be a part of that part of this adventure! We’ll see! I had such a great time, I am so happy that my “stupid self” never was able to talk me out of this!