After lots of fits and starts, in a year like no other, I am happy to tell you I am closing out the year with 1,320 miles/2,124 kilometers walked in 2020. That is 65 miles/104 kilometers over and above my original goal (1,255 miles/2,020 kilometers). As you will recall, the 2,020 kilometers goal was derived from the year 2020 and was a challenge to me by a fellow blogger. Next year I will up that goal amount by one measly kilometer to 2,021 kilometers/1,256 miles … easy peasy right? I like my posts to publish early in the morning; I am not sure if I’m walking today and won’t know until daylight. Yesterday we had some freezing rain and a wintry precip at times and will have the same ugly weather for New Year’s Day – ugh.
So, this year was not wonderfully memorable for what 2020 brought to the table (not much good and I think you’ll agree), but for me it was monumental as I have never walked this many miles in a single year before.
I even took a week off in April to ponder whether I should continue walking at the Park during the pandemic, then returned to my favorite nature nook, only for it to be shut down a few weeks later due to City-wide COVID restrictions. Thus, I spent the month of May returning to my roots, walking in the ‘hood, just like I did before I discovered Council Point Park in May 2013, almost two years after beginning my walking regimen.
We had a blazing hot Summer and high humidity to boot. But I persevered and only drew the line for walking when there was ice, snow or heavy rain. It’s a good thing I reached my goal on November 29th, as the weather has been iffy ever since. I counted on Christmas weekend as one to enjoy three leisurely walks and it turned out I only walked on Sunday as Christmas and the day after were snowy and slippery. We were supposed to get a dusting to one inch of snow and it turned out we got 3 ½ inches/9 cm. People were ecstatic for a white Christmas – me, not so much.
The image above of the ceramic boot and rock with a smiley face was at the base of a tree in a neighborhood where I was scoping out election signs back in late October. I took the photo knowing it would be my year-end tally post header image.
I have one more image to share while we’re mentioning boots.
Back in 1973, in my senior year in high school, I walked alongside another classmate in the Detroit-area March of Dimes 17-Mile Walk-a-thon. We solicited money from friends and family members to help us raise funds to fight birth defects in babies. It was a long march that day and it took us through the streets of Detroit and around Belle Isle (also in Detroit). Though his name is not on this official March of Dimes Order of the Battered Boot certificate, the leader of the pack, walking, plus cheering us on, was Detroit rock-n-roll legend Bob Seger. It was a fun experience and how did I ever walk 17 miles at one time? Betcha I had shin splints the next day … or blisters. It’s a blur now, but I have the certificate and little feet stamp to prove it.
On a lark, I reached out to the March of Dimes – Michigan to see if, by chance, they had some facts or stats, or even photos about our 1973 Walk-a-thon to include with this post. Even if I came in dead last and had umpteen blisters on my feet, I was prepared to tell all. Jamie, at the March of Dimes Facebook site, was eager to help but discovered the March for Babies’ records only went back to 2002 and Jamie even tried asking co-workers for any info, but unfortunately it was too long ago to glean any info from those folks. Thank you anyway Jamie – you really went the extra mile and I appreciate it!
I always had my trusty Kodak pocket camera with me but not on this occasion unfortunately.
So onward and upward in 2021 … I hope the next year is not such a steep hill to climb on many levels!!!
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