Checking in from Royston, GA (home of Ty Cobb) …
National Walk Day (Wednesday) turned out to be an interesting day on our journey across the country. One of my granddaughters, Reagan, has spent a few days of her Spring break with Brenda and me. Today, we found an area with good sidewalks through Hartwell, GA for Rea to walk with me. She completed a mile and a half with me at a good pace. We even skipped part of the way. We have really enjoyed having her with us. She heads back to her home in Cary, NC tomorrow.
While Rea and I were walking, we were stopped by a reporter for the Hartwell Sun, Lauren Peeples, who wanted to write a piece for her paper about Heart Trek USA. We did an interview right on the street in downtown Hartwell, and Lauren took several photos of Brenda, Reagan and me. When the piece is published, Lauren has promised a link to our website. Reagan is elated at the possibility of having her photo in the newspaper.
In Royston, we visited the Ty Cobb Museum which honors perhaps the greatest hitter in the history of baseball. 35 of his records still stand today including the highest career batting average (.367) and the highest single season average (.420). The museum is very well done and includes a fifteen minute recap of Ty’s life. It was interesting to hear him talk about his unusual split hand batting grip. He was one of the first stars to get into the endorsement game, fronting for a new drink called Coca Cola. He also invested heavily in Coke stock, and it helped make him a wealthy man in later life. It was enlightening to learn that he was a generous philanthropist after his playing days, funding the first hospital in his hometown and endowing a one million dollar scholarship fund for needy Georgian students. I’ve always known that Ty Cobb was a great ballplayer; now I have new respect for the “Georgia Peach.”
But the most interesting part of the day was when I came upon a faded historical marker on the top of a little rise between Hartwell and Royston. That very spot was considered the “Center of the World” to the Cherokee Nation. Trails from every direction crossed at this spot, and it was here that the tribes gathered annually to hold their councils, worship and dance and barter with each other and the white traders from Augusta. The Cherokee consider this place holy and know it as “Ah-Yeh-Li A-Lo-Hee” I really enjoy finding tidbits of history like this as a side benefit to this trip.
So National Walk Day was a success from my viewpoint. Several people stopped me to ask about my walk or just honked and gave me a thumbs-up sign. I hope you walked or exercised at least 30 minutes today. If not, there is always tomorrow.
Thanks to the Georgia Bankers Association (and David Oliver), which is helping us, find overnight spots across the state. We are currently parked at Pinnacle Bank in Royston.
My projected schedule for the next few days:
Thursday, April 5 … on Hwy 29 thru Danielsville, GA to near Athens
Friday, April 6 … on Hwy 29 from Athens, thru Bogart to the Bethlehem community
Saturday, April 7 … again on Hwy 29 to Lawrenceville, GA
Easter Sunday, April 8 … short day with afternoon walk only thru Lilburn to Tucker, GA
Heart Health Hint: It is estimated that you can gain as much as two hours of life expectancy for each hour of regular, vigorous exercise, even if you don’t begin exercising until middle age.