Recently, I had the good fortune to meet a woman who is walking across America. I suspect she is what we could call elderly, but she certainly didn’t look it. (Besides, I’m older than she is and “elderly” just won’t do. Not yet, at any rate.)
When I asked her how she was going about the trek, she said she wears a pedometer to keep track of on all her daily walking…in her house and on her real walks. She writes the mileage down, and at last count she had walked from Salem, Oregon to Kansas City. I didn’t ask, but I’m under the impression she marks her progress on a map of the US. It’s been over two months since we talked, so she could be a lot further by now.
And then she confessed she started doing this to keep her mind occupied while she cared for her ailing husband. She bought a pedometer and discovered she was walking four to five miles each day, and she just kept walking after her husband died. Addicted to it.
I was inspired. I dug out my old pedometer, bought a fresh battery and I’m now walking across America myself. This morning I put 1.51 miles on my super Omron pedometer. But I’m encouraged because I know that I’m walking the vortex which screws up all electronic gadgets, and I’ve really walked 2.4 miles…or so.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and I’d love to hear from anyone who also decides to walk across America.