Busy, busy, busy lately getting ready for the Walk; so much to do and looking forward to the trek. The time is drawing near and training is going well…working up to 20 miles a day.
Some questions have come in lately that you may have also wondered about:
Q We want to go to the “starting” point of the Walk at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC on Thursday, March 1 but would like to stay in the same hotel with other followers. Any recommendations?
A The lighthouse is on the outer banks of NC and approximately 51 miles south of Nags Head. From my starting point I’ll head north from lighthouse on Hwy 12 toward Nags Head then I turn west; over the William Baum Bridge (Hwy 64) and toward Manteo. Although there are motels in Avon and Buxton, you may prefer a hotel in Nags Head or Manteo and then drive south to the lighthouse in Buxton for the start of walk. You may consider:
Nags Head Inn
4701 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(2.2 miles south from Jockey’s Ridge State Park and 51 miles north from the lighthouse). They are quoting $75 per room per night but you may get a discount with AAA or online booking.
If anyone is interested in having dinner as a group the night before or after the start of the walk, let me know and we will reserve a dining room at a local restaurant. Not sure how many of you want to go to the start but would be thrilled to have you join us. (*Note: When walking 20 miles per day, it will take me 2.5 days just to walk to Nags Head.)
Q What time does the “Start” of the Walk begin?
A The plan is to start at 10am on Thursday, March 1, 2012. I normally start much earlier than this when training but would like to accommodate those who will come out to join me on walks and it looks like we will have a dozen or more friends there. Or maybe this will give you time to drive to Buxton for the start and drive back home and not have to spend the night. Let me say thank you to those who are coming to cheer me on, even if you don’t walk with me. The spirit is there and this means a lot to me.
Q When will you walk through the Raleigh area?
A If there are no injuries, bad weather, road detours or other unknown delays involved, I plan to be in Raleigh on Thursday, March 15 at noon. The path goes north on Wilmington St. toward the Capitol where I hope to meet those who would like to walk with me down Hillsborough St. toward the Bell Tower at the NCSU campus and maybe on to Cameron Village from there. The date is a definite but the location has not been set in concrete yet. The best way to know for sure is check the website (www.HeartTrekUSA.com) periodically to get the latest information. I have to be flexible with the plans because of unknown variables.
Q We want to make plans to be at the “finish” line in Santa Monica, CA; when/ where/what time exactly will that be?
A Once again there are a lot of variables to this walk but the plan is to be at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, Sept. 2 (probably afternoon), Labor Day weekend. I can’t believe how many of you have said you will be there. This is fabulous and Brenda and I appreciate your loyalty, encouragement, and support and think this would be a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a grand accomplishment in my life and our 45th wedding anniversary on Sunday with our family and friends. We already know of eighteen family/friends who plan to make the trip and probably stay a few extra days to experience Disneyland and Universal Amusement Parks; Hollywood’s Walk of Fame; Rodeo Drive; Dodgers game; Getty Museum; Gene Autry Museum; Rose Bowl; the Hollywood sign; Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; tour of Paramount Pictures Studio; China Town and so much more. If you would like hotel recommendations in the Santa Monica or Los Angeles, CA area, we will get back to you later.