Checking in from Watsadler Recreation Area, Lake Hartwell, GA …
Tuesday was a near perfect day for a walk—overcast, low 70’s. Tried a different tactic. Walked 22.1 miles in a single session with only very minor breaks. Not sure I could do this very often, but it certainly opens up the rest of the day for other activities. The route took me from Anderson, SC along the east side of Lake Hartwell and then into Georgia just south and west of the dam. Went through some really nice farm and ranch land, not as hilly as in recent days. Saw some beautiful horses including a buckskin (my favorite) that came right up to me. Hope his owner won’t mind that I shared my Clif bar with his horse. We are overnighting in a rec area operated by the Corps of Engineers. It is well maintained, and we have a nice view of the lake. Too bad the rains came about dinner time and washed out plans for a marshmallow roast. Our granddaughter and short time visitor, Reagan, was a little disappointed but she had a good day anyway.
We enjoyed our time in South Carolina. Really liked Greenville and the Falls Park area of town. I’ll be back as often as possible to visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. The curators have done a wonderful job with this tribute site. The highlight of South Carolina, however, was the chance to visit with our old friends, the Roberts, and their family. Thanks for the hospitality and the walk down memory lane. So two states are completed with nine more to go and Georgia on tap for the next few days.
Wednesday, April 4 is an important day—National Walk Day—a day when many Americans will walk briskly for at least 30 minutes. Walking or other regular physical activity has the following benefits:
- Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke;
- Lowers blood pressure;
- Reduces cholesterol levels;
- Reduces body fat and helps control weight;
- Enhances mental well being;
- Increases bone density, helping prevent osteoporosis;
- Reduces the risk of cancer;
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
So what’s not to like? Make National Walk Day the start of good health for you and your family. Please join me in spirit and let’s walk together for heart health on Wednesday.
Weather permitting, here is our projected schedule for the next few days:
Wednesday, April 4 … on Hwy 29 thru Hartwell, GA to south of Royston, GA
Thursday, April 5 … still on Hwy 29 thru Danielsville, GA to just north of Athens, GA
Friday, April 6 … again on Hwy 29 thru Athens and Bogart to near the Bethlehem, GA community
Saturday, April 7 … also on Hwy 29 to east of Lawrenceville, GA
Happy National Walk Day!