Checking in from Gastonia, NC …
My walk took me through Charlotte on Sunday and most of the way through Gastonia Monday. Did a TV interview with NBC 36 along the way. In Charlotte, two high school classmates, Barbara Brown Burns and Susan Bradsher Liles, walked with me through Uptown along with Lynn Grayson from the American Heart Association. They were all troopers, matching my pace all the way. Having not been in Uptown for some time, Brenda and I were really impressed with how it had changed and how vibrant, interesting and beautiful it is. The stretch of Tryon Street from 10th Street to Morehead may be the most energetic and progressive street in North Carolina. Love the statues at Trade and Tryon.
Along the way on Monday, I was stopped by another high school classmate, Harold Carey, who filled me in on his life in the many years since our paths last crossed. Then at the end of my walk in Gastonia, two more fellow classmates and teammates, Mike Green and Jerry Harwell, were waiting for me. I tried to talk them into walking a ways with me, but we ended up reminiscing instead. It was wonderful seeing old friends who are following and supporting my walk for the AHA. Another element that makes this walk memorable and meaningful.
Sunday and Monday night, we have parked our RV at the apartment complex in Gastonia where Brenda’s brother Joe lives. It gave us a chance to visit with Joe and to borrow his shower and washer/dryer. Joe is part of the reason our Charlotte walk is a success. He made many contacts to the media of our arrival and made arrangement for us to park our RV for two nights in Gastonia. Joe also is a real handyman and fixed several small things on the RV as well as baked us a pound cake. Thanks for all your hard work.
Either late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday, we’ll leave our home state and cross into South Carolina.
We are still a little behind on our postings due to lack of satellite for several days. Please stay tune for more tomorrow night about crossing the state border and walking through South Carolina. Thanks to all.
Here’s our projected schedule, always subject to change, for the next few days:
Tuesday, March 27 … through Bessemer City and Kings Mountain ending near the NC/SC line (between Grover, NC and Blacksburg, SC) with the RV moved to Gaffney, SC
Wednesday, March 28 … through Gaffney on Hwy 29, ending near Cowpens, SC
Thursday, March 29 … on Hwy 29 through Spartanburg, ending near the intersection with I-85
Friday, March 30 … still on Hwy 29 through Greer, SC to Greenville
Heart Health Hint: Start your own personal exercise program today. 30-45 minutes, 4-5 days a week. Walk, run, cycle, swim, jump rope, etc.