Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


All of my life I have walked for pleasure. I belong to a volkssport club and used to walk a 10K route every weekend. My wife and I completed 200 miles of the Southwest Coastal Footpath in England, beginning at Minehead in Somerset and ending in St. Ives in Cornwall. But recent years have not been kind to me. Back problems which surgery did not alleviate plus several other procedures. I can walk only about a hundred yards before pain hits. What’s a guy to do?

My answer was virtual hikes. I measured the patio. I can walk it seven times before pain. So I do this four to six times a day. This Saturday I will complete a virtual tour of the Isle of Wight, where the coastal footpath is 67 miles. What next?

I just searched the web for another challenge. I found that the Isle of Man also has a coastal footpath. It’s 95 miles in length. That should keep me walking for well over a year. Wish me luck.


Blogger Bill Crider said...

I certainly do wish you luck, Frank, not that you need it. I know you'll stay the course.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

How I admire your dedication and ambition. I could use a slice of them.

11:14 PM  

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