Archive for August, 2010

Day 120 – George to Wenatchee

Day 119 – Ephrata to George

Day 117/118 – Wilber to Ephrata

Day 115 to 118

ย The last four days would have been much tougher if it hadn’t been for the support from my friends and family! Thank you Darrin, Dick & Shellee, and even my Dad for keeping me company in the evenings! I guess the only problem with having the support, is that the creative writing juices really don’t flow. I honestly don’t have much to say.

The problem could also be that since I am getting so close to home, my thoughts are focused on the cause. The cause being Children’s Hospital and reaching the fundraising goal I set. I no longer think about how far I have walked. I have already proven that I can walk a long ways. The real accomplishment would be bringing people together to make a difference. So far…I’m receiving a “Needs Improvement”. As a kid in grade school, it was never good if I brought that home that grade on my report card.

So what does a guy have to do inspire a person (of all ages) to open their wallet and donate $20.00 to Children’s Hospital? This isn’t meant to make people feel guilty, I truly would like to know what kind of sacrifice is necessary to motivate. I don’t think I could do much more.

I was able to stay in Moses Lake, WA the other evening. During my enjoyable stay, I was able to meet the production crew for John Mayer’s summer concert tour. Great group of guys who are always traveling and get very little time to relax. Before departing, they provided me with some free passes to their next show, and, a chance to advertise my walk at the show! What!? That is awesome!

Wait a second, I’m not walking in that direction!

Ugh, I am now! With a slight change of direction and actually a reduction in miles, I will be meeting a buddy in George, WA, where he will pick me up to go to the show. I’m a lucky son of a gun!

The crew is providing me with a special booth under their tent to showcase my walk and get some exposure. Ugh, I had better do something other than just standing their, in the same clothing (for months), and perhaps being a bit stinky! So from the road, and in a matter of 24-hours, I have created a professional banner and 1000 flyers to hand out to concert goers! Woo Hoo!

My buddy Sean Cummings is going to pick up the graphic material in Seattle and then meet me in George, WA. Sean is another buddy, who from the beginning, committed to meeting me somewhere along the trip. I think Sean got off easy compared to my other friends who drove about 8 hours…and didn’t get to go to a concert. ๐Ÿ™‚ As I have said before, I am very lucky to have such good friends in my life! I’m not sure if I would have made it this far without the support of friends old and new!

For the last ten days of my walk, I will be posting a video blog instead of my usual daily written diatribe. The videos will be dedicated to a different child who has experienced Children’s Hospital first hand. I may add some of my usual blog entries if time permits. I think the videos will be a fitting end to my walk and keep the focus on the goal of raising funds for Children’s Hospital.

TTFN!

Day 116 – Davenport to Wilber

Day 114 – Westward Ho!

The days are closing on me and I find myself getting preoccupied with the few days left on my journey. With this, I realize that I haven’t taken the time to give much background about my friend Darrin and his wonderful family. For variety sake, I will now plan on peppering it in over the closing days. I have some funny stories I will share and hopefully embarrass him with. No matter what, I promise to not write a single word on how his ice-chewing makes me lose my mind! I promise… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leaving downtown and walking westward, I expected to meet with several of the local news stations who told me they would call in the morning.

<insert sound of crickets>

Nobody called and I continued to walk out-of-town. After several hours, I got a call from my buddy Darce in Seattle. He told me that our friend Tom Byrnes had made a couple calls , and instilled some action in a local station. Low and behold..they were on the scene about 25 minutes later. Thanks Tom and KREM for helping to get the word out on the street.

The rest of the 25 miles walked today was fairly non-eventful. Straight roads, lots of traffic and more wheat than any Panera Bread could use in a year! I’m not looking forward to the next seven days of walking. I love our countries farming industry…but walking the fields can be a bit much!

At the end of today’s walk, I was picked up by my uncle Dick. Uncle Dick is from my Dad’s side of the family and could be considered the strong silent type. Hmmm, I think the smart and silent type is more fitting!

Note to the rest of the family: You are all smart too!ย  Dick may have gotten the brains, but you all got the looks!

Note to Dad: Dick isn’t smarter than you, he is just lucky. I’m thinking you should have picked on him more as a kid…

Never the less; Dick and Shellee live in the outskirts of Spokane in one of the most amazing homes I have ever seen! I felt so lucky to get the chance to stay with them for the evening. Did I mention that their cooking skills far exceed their eye for hot real estate investments? I’m used to eating table scraps most of the time, but tonight, I might has well been eating at Tavern on the Green in NY. Wow, the food was fantastic!

After dinner we had a chance to hangout, talk and eat a Peach pie that was absolutely off the hook! My night was complete and I was ready to thit the hay…

Wait a second, we haven’t even mentioned a bit about their animals! What has happened to me? Being the animal lover, I was so excited to get a chance to hang with their 3 dogs. Two labs and a crazy-eyed terrier (Reilly). Actually, I forgot to ask what kind of dog Reilly is, but I believe he is some kind of mutant terrier!

My experience with Reilly goes back about 7 years when me and my son stopped by Dick’s home in Colorado. During our visit, Reilly had to be kept bound and gagged behind a military style road-block of baby-gates in the house! I swear, if you would have given him a Redbull, he would have pulled a spider-man and literally walked on the ceiling to get to us. All he wanted to do was lick us to death…I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Reilly has come a long way over the years. With maturity, a new environment, roommates (the labs), and the ever demanding shock collar, he has become a contributing member of dog society. Atย  breakfast the next morning, I did feel him eye-balling my bacon though. No matter, with my protective pork instincts intact, we made it through the morning without a problem.

Day 112/113 – Cold, Wet, Cold, Wet…Yip, I'm back to the Northwest

Darrin got me back to Harrison bright and early this morning. Beautiful day and I was looking forward to my new planned path around Lake Coeur D’ Elene. I wasn’t excited about walking the west side of the lake, but it was going to save me a days walk and a much safer walk.

Walking along the lake and across the lake was quite beautiful! Once across the lake, I had a couple of hills, increased elevation, and then slowly progressed into the dreaded plains of Eastern Washington. Dreaded doesn’t mean bad, it just means that it gets a bit boring after a while. I love farm country…but it gets a little monotonous after a while.

With hints of rain throughout the afternoon, Darrin came back to pick me up in the afternoon. Not a moment too soon, as I saw a huge new casino not far away and was tempted to go check it all out. After picking me up, Darrin (again) drove me back to his place for a relaxing evening at home. Agh…I love being pampered by my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, the next morning Darrin is driving me back to walk into Spokane. Darrin wasn’t too excited about waking up early and he definitely wasn’t getting up until I woke him up. I hated having to be the adult during this time. I finally woke up after hitting the snooze 5 times, and dragged Darrin away from the warmth and security of his beautiful wife Alexa.

The walk into Spokane was frigging cold and wet for the early part of the morning. I had been wondering when this would happen…but I didn’t expect the dreaded northwest gloomy weather to start so soon! Well, it did…but only for about 3 hours this morning. After the rain stopped, it slowly and surely got warmer, but made sure to let me know what part of the country I am entering!

After arriving safe and sound back at the Haman household, I had yet another night of good (I mean great) food from Alexa, and just chilling, watching TV and catching up on the blog. As I have said before, I am the luckiest guy in the world to have such good friends!

Thank you Darrin, Alexa and little baby McKenna for making my stay in Spokane so enjoyable!

Tomorrow: Heading westward towards Seattle and planning to stay with my Aunt and Uncle. It’s been awhile since I have seen them…I wonder if they still have that crazy dog I remember from years ago?