Checking in from Columbus, Mississippi …
With meeting new people, seeing new places, walking generally twice a day, moving the RV, etc., the purposes of this journey can sometimes lose focus. But when I talk about the trip with a new contact, the conversation always comes back to developing a regular exercise program.
I hope that each person who has shown interest in Heart Trek USA and offered kind words, moral support and prayers for well being has taken the core message to heart (pun intended) and started his or her own individual exercise routine and made exercise a habit.
The second purpose of this venture is to raise funds for the American Heart Association. To date, almost 100 friends and supporters, both old and new, have made contributions. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt (pun intended) thanks. To those who have yet to make a donation, I hope that you will be moved to help this outstanding organization.
Your donation goes directly to heart research and education to lessen the impact of this #1 killer of both men and women. Please help make Heart Trek USA a success and hit that “Donation” button on this website. Remember 100% of donations go directly to the American Heart Association in an effort to help others become more aware of heart disease and it’s prevention; and none to myself.
On Tuesday, April 24 my walk took me to one of the last towns in west Alabama, Reform. Thanks to Melanie Jaynes of West Alabama Bank for arranging a parking spot for our RV at her church, First Baptist Church of Reform. Wednesday’s walk took me across the border into Mississippi, ending in Columbus which Brenda and I hope to explore on Thursday.
Some thoughts on Alabama:
- The state’s slogan is “Alabama the Beautiful,” and it certainly is. Also, much more hilly that I expected.
- We met some great people in Alabama and are grateful for their interest and support.
- The Chief Ladiga Rail-Trail was special. I thoroughly enjoyed this scenic and well maintained path. Hope other states will follow Georgia and Alabama’s example and use abandoned railways to create a trail network across the nation.
- We got to visit two truly beautiful college campuses—Jacksonville State and the University of Alabama. Don’t know what I expected, but these campuses rate as some of the prettiest I have ever seen.
- Football is definitely king in Alabama. At least in west Alabama, “Roll Tide” is spoken as often as “hello.” 14 National Championships will do that.
- Like South Carolina, Alabama’s roads need work.
- And Alabama drivers also need to improve—they drive too fast, they tailgate, many are inconsiderate.
So four states have been crossed off, seven more to go. Here is the proposed schedule for the next few days:
Thursday, April 26 … to Starkville and Mississippi State University
Friday, April 27 … thru Adaton to Mathison, MS
Saturday, April 28 … thru Eupora and Grady to Stewart, MS