Walking across the country
Friday, March 29, 2013
Last weekend I joined Spark's Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ exercise.lbl.gov.
If you visit the team page and click on the map of the US you will be redirected to the abysmally slow (at least on my computer) government website where you enter your miles by the day. You can see your progress in not only numbers, but also in a photo, because the website adds your current miles to your previous miles, calculates the distance to the next city and updates the photo of where you "currently are", based on your new mileage.
I was hoping to make this virtual trip from Oregon to Virginia so I could virtually see the family I left behind when I moved. (My family's been on both coasts for over a hundred and fifty years. I am pretty sure this is the first virtual walk between coasts anyone has taken during that time period.) However, the site apparently only allows one way travel, from Virginia to Oregon. This is still fun, though. I have already driven on EXACTLY the road I am now "walking" on with my dog Solly. We are ".43 miles outside Williamsburg".
We started a few days ago and have been walking approximately 3 miles a day. We've tried three places so far - two parks and one quiet historic town. We've been barked at, charged by aggressive dogs, honked at and rained on. But Solly - a timid guy, despite his size - is already getting more enthusiastic about each trip. I need to get some mace just in case the loose dog problem gets worse.
I am delighted by his pleasure in coming with me, despite the problems with other dogs. (One nice thing about dog children versus human children... dogs can reach the teenaged years, where Solly is now, and still think Mommy is wonderful!)
I need to carve out a little more time to do this and we need to step up the pace or we will never get across this country! (Classes start again next week!)
P.S. Off the subject... today I got an application to volunteer at the Veterans' Administration Hospice in Roseburg. Before I start I have to get tested for TB titers, get a FBI background check with fingerprints and go through some bureaucratic paperwork and training. But then I will be doing more of what I love. No, it won't help me with my weight or with my finances. But most of these vets are from the Korean War era and feel forgotten. This spring and summer I am taking a lighter classload so I can afford a few hours a week. Besides, volunteer work looks good on my bachelor's application (I know I'm not even in an associate's program yet!) and I just plain want to. My own life is enriched by nearly every patient I serve.