Brenda and I started our morning as guests of the hugely popular “Bob and the Showgram” program on G105 where we had a great time talking about my walk across the US for heart health. It was fun being with the Showgram gang who made us feel totally at ease. It was just like catching up with old friends. They asked really good questions about the journey and were very interested in how Brenda is handling all the less glamorous parts of the trip while all I have to do is walk. They realize that there is always lots going on behind the scenes of any successful venture. After our visit, we understand why this program dominates the morning drive time. Just being on the air with these guys generated a flurry of new followers and supporters. Hope the Showgram will continue to follow us across the nation. Thanks Bob, Erica, Mike and Peanut Butter.
At 11:00, about 30 friends, family and supporters met us on the south steps of the NC State Capitol Building for a celebration in our hometown and a walk down the historic main street (Fayetteville Street) of the capital city. The American Heart Association and NC Bankers Association were both well represented and had some kind words to say about our trip and its purpose of promoting a regular exercise program as a part of improving cardiovascular health. With a police escort (thanks to Raleigh’s finest), all of the group walked a little over a mile with me. Some then continued with me for another couple of miles to the Bell Tower at NC State University, and one brave soul, Roy High, walked all the way to the State Fairgrounds. I enjoyed visiting and walking with every person who came out. I particularly appreciated being able to spend time with my high school football coach, Fred Williams, who has been a friend and mentor for a large portion of my life. Coach Williams, who is a very young 80 year old, helped me set the pace from the Capitol to the Bell Tower.
Later in the afternoon, I was interviewed for an upcoming session of “North Carolina Now” on WUNC-TV, the public television station for the state. I enjoyed my conversation with Shannon Vickery, host of program, and appreciate her interest in Heart Trek USA. Inspiration for this walk was reinforced when I met one of the production crew, Joseph Smith, who is a heart transplant recipient. To see him so energetic and grateful for his gift of extended life, there can be little question about the benefits of heart research and education that a donation to the American Heart Association can help support.
All in all, the Ides of March proved to be a fun and memorable day. One of many that we expect to enjoy over the next months. Thanks to all.