Sunday, October 13, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Now, I make new plans! As of right now, those are to leave from the east coast in March and hike west on the American Discovery Trail. This route will give me more miles in the end but will get me off the road some and on trails. As far as the purpose, it remains the same! To learn, live, and love!
My relationship with my wife has grown and is better then it was 6 months ago. That time has been filled with very emotional days and weeks. I am so happy to say that we are still husband and wife! We still have a long way to go, but what couple doesn't? She supports me no matter what! She knows that this adventure has nothing to do with our relationship and everything to do with my relationship with mankind and myself. I can't imagine any person in this world that would go through what we have been through and to still be there supporting me unconditionally. The fact is, is that i have lost family and friends through this and she is still there! She is truly one of a kind!
Thank you, to all of you who show your support! I appreciate it more than I could ever tell you!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I also want to help a few others out who are making their own trips across America this summer. It would be awesome for all of you to follow these guys, each on their own journey. the first is Ben Lee, a young man from Australia who is walking for OxFam. He started in San Fran, and is headed east and is about to cross into Nebraska. A truly awesome young man! You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/10MillionSteps .
The next gentleman is Joe Bell. Joe is walking in memory of his son Jadin who committed suicide because of being bullied because he was gay. Joe is a man on a mission, please follow him at https://www.facebook.com/JoesWalkForChange and http://joeswalkforchange.org/.
The next is Josh Seehorn who is hiking and running the America Discovery Trail From west to east and is currently in Colorado and headed into Nebraska soon. Josh is hiking to promote Envirothon and the outdoors. You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Josh-Seehorn/253473538111392 and http://outdoorjosh.com/.
Last but not least is James. I don't know a whole lot about James other than he is walking west and is in Missouri now. You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/JamesWalksAcrossAmerica .
Thank you all for following me and showing your support!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
There is no doubt that this last year has been the darkest for me. I have learned this little lesson of late, that there's really only one person you can count on. I have decided that im not going to let people in anymore, it hurts to much when you need them and they're not there.
On another note, I have decided that I will wait until spring to start my journey again. I am going to pour all my energy into being a positive person and helping people in need; I truly think that is where I excel. I am going to keep hiking and walking for myself and others. It won't be everyday or across the country at this point, but I will keep walking. Again, I thank all of you for the support you have given and hope you continue to follow me on my journey and help spread the word by sharing and liking my page. I will continue to post inspirational and thought provoking items on my page and updates about my walks. If you take anything away from page, I hope that it is the gift of giving! When you give, give freely! Don't expect anything in return, other than the pure joy it brings to whoever you are giving to!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
So I go back to the doctor Tuesday to have a technician fit and make me an orthotic for my right foot. I want to thank Dr. Kaylor for the help with the foot and wish him a happy retirement. We will see how the foot feels with the insert and go from there. I am worried now that getting such a late start in the year is going to be very unpleasant when I get further west through the Rockies and Nevada. Going to go over the map again today and see if I can make it through Nevada by the end of October. If not, I will just give it another go in the spring as I don't really want to spend winter nights in the mountains or deal with the snow.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The second day started off great! The weather was great, clear skies and a gentle breeze all night. Woke up early, got the camp put up, ate and on the road by 7! There was a lot of support all day from the cars and trucks passing by. I think of myself as a pretty defensive driver. Always trying to stay aware of what is taking place around me, but walking along a busy highway has opened my eyes even more. I have never payed more attention to passing cars than now, I guess my life depends on it! Less than half the time cars will get into the passing lane for me. I would say about 75 % of the trucks do. I was never more aware of this than when i crossed the White River bridge on 41! I knew that this was at some point going to be an issue. Crossing a bridge by foot or bicycle should not be such an issue, but the planners and leaders of past and some present think that spending a little extra money to make travel safe by all is a waste! This is one reason why people move away from little midwestern towns. We are not progressive enough. A perfect example is Evansville's Greenway! An awesome idea, and what is usable now is a great asset to the city, but the cities leaders never made it a priorty and so it has taken 20 years to get where we are now and it's still not half finshed. Sad. So when I have to risk life to cross a small river in 2013, that is also sad! There is literally a 2 1/2 foot area to walk in. On one side of that area is a concrete barrier and the other side, sure death! Over the concrete barrier is not sure death but a very high probability of such. The White River flows below and what looked like a 100 foot drop to the water, it did not look very inviting! I'm typing this so I did make it across but there were several times where I stopped in my tracks and seriously thought I may have to jump. So the next bridge that leaves no room for walking across i will attempt to get a ride across first!
I have been picking up pieces of road trash since leaving Evansville. Not everything, because, well the roads and right of way are dirty! It is almost unimaginable the amount of trash on our roads. Everything from bungies (counted 137 between Evansville and Vincennes), to car parts, and mattresses! So I just picked up the pieces that jump out at me. I figure I am going to have lots of time, so I can make some "road art" in the evenings and maybe auction them off if there's any interest or give them to a donor as thanks! First one is done and It is a mobile rightly called "41"! Made completely from junk I picked up on Highway 41!
At roughly ten miles in I stopped for a lunch break. I was about half way to Vincennes. I took of my boots to let the feet and socks air out and check for any blisters. I had a nasty one on the heal of my right foot. I drained and poured some peroxide in it and taped it up. No big deal! So after eating my tuna wrap, peanut butter, and raisins I was back on the road. After a couple miles I could tell something was wrong. My right foot was having some problems. There was a pain developing on the top of my foot just behind the toes. I'm pretty sure I had been favoring this foot since popping the blister. I don't know why, because the blister did not hurt. By the time I made my next stop at gas station I had been hobbling for miles in pain. Once I reached the gas staion I found a shade tree, parked my cart and went in to fill up my water. I made my way back to the shade tree and laid there for a short break before I checked out the foot. There were no noticable signs of injury. It wasn't swollen or bruised, so I guess it is just strained from me favoring it. I decided to just lay back for a nap and just rest to see if there would be any difference later. After a few hours I put my socks and shoes back on went for a little stroll up over a grassy levy behind me to the White River. The foot didn't feal any different, it was still painful. So at that point, being so close to home I decided it would just be best to come home and have it checked out. I am not on anybody's schedule but my own. So it's not that big a deal, just another detour. I'll have it checked this week and hopefully be back on the road.
Thanks to all of you who have shown your support! I don't ask for you to "get" what i am doing, and even though I know some of you do, I surely don't expect it either! It's called "A Walk in Mark's Shoes" for a reason. My walk, my shoes! You don't have to understand any of it, because honestly, I don't fully understand it either. All I know is that this is something i am going to do and I hope you will follow along and support me!