Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Day 041 - London to Harmony OH

Temps were in the 60's and 70's on a mostly sunny day with a 15 mph headwind.

I asked permission to park my car at the Styles Unlimited beauty parlor. The owner Eydie Cox recognized me from TV. When I returned the stylist Robyn McCrary gave me a free haircut. Great haircut and first time in a beauty parlor. Jim Gilkey tracked me down and said that he would be interested in walking with me tomorrow.

The Idita- Walk is the annual fund raiser for the Boy Scouts from Nome Alaska. For years Joan and I signed up. There is a $10 dollar fee. You log the minutes you walk each day in February and March. If you log more than 1049 minutes you get a certificate. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is 1049 miles long beginning at Anchorage, Alaska and finishing in Nome, Alaska.

This year there were 992 entrants from around the world. I finished in a tie for sixth. The top finishers were:

1 - Sonja Norman - Gold Country Walkers
2 / 3 - Diana & Gerry Stretch - High County Hikers
4 - Joanne McMorine
5 - Tracy Haskall - dog Simon
6 - Wendy Beck - Tough Chicks
7 - Susan Tracy - Rose City Roamers

Another site to keep motivated about walking is My Stride. It also has a $10 entrance fee. You log how many steps you walk each day. Prizes are drawn each month for members who meet the goal of the month. The links to both sites are in the WALKING section of the blog.

Trivia answer:

States and capitals on National Road extension :

1 Ohio - Columbus

2 Indiana - Indianapolis

3 Illinois - Vandalia

In 1836, a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln, along with colleagues of his of the legal profession, began to advocate moving the capital to Springfield which was done in 1837.

4 - Did not make it to Missouri

Plans were made to continue through St. Louis, at confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and to Jefferson City upstream on the Missouri. Following the panic of 1837, however, funding ran dry and construction was stopped at Vandalia, Illinois, after crossing the states of Ohio and Indiana.

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