I was wasn’t feeling good about not posting last month. But, today is the beginning of another month. Today I”m providing an update for April and May on my walk across the country.
When looking at twitter this morning I was consoled by a tweet by J. Money @BudgetsAreSexy. He posted – “…A new month, a new fresh start to those goals! Keep going!!”
It got me thinking that I’ve focused too much on what I haven’t done when I should be focusing on what I can do.
So, with that inspiration, I’m updating you on two months of walking and my virtual stroll across the country. Yep, this should be twice as exciting!
Through March I’ve put my toes in seven states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware). For April and May I have added three more. Ten in all!
Walked over 301 miles
For April and May, I walked just over 301 miles. April’s daily trek averaged 5.06 which tied my March daily average. May was a different story with an average of 4.83 miles per day. I ended yesterday, the last day of the month, strong with a 6.4 mile walk. However, there were a couple days during the month I was just not able to get out.
Charles Town WV
At the end of April, I stopped in Charles Town West Virginia. Charles Town, has a population of about 5,700 and has a rich history. Named after George Washington’s youngest brother who moved to the area in 1780. Six years later, he petitioned Virginia to incorporate and named it after himself. Not far from Harpers Ferry, in 1836, the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town was the site of the trials for John Brown and six other abolitionists. For a quick read on the town’s history, click here. There’s also a link to a brief history of John Brown’s Raid which is really interesting.
During May, I walked from Charles Town to Kalamazoo West Virginia. Got to admit, I like the sound of Kalamazoo. Had no idea there was a Kalamazoo in West Virginia, so I had to stop there. Unfortunately, while I’ve ended May here because I like saying its name, there’s really not a lot to write about. What I do know is that Kalamazoo is an unincorporated community whose post office was closed. That’s it. That’s all I got. Kalamazoo (West Virginia).
Ten states in five months
After five months this year, I’ve walked nearly 748 miles. With any luck, I’ll reach over 900 by the end of June. Although I’ve traversed through ten states in five months, I doubt I can keep up that stat as the states are getting larger as I move away from the east coast. The state list now is:
- Rhode Island,
- New York,
- New Jersey,
- Virginia, and
- West Virginia.
That pretty cool! If I average 5 miles a day, I should have no problem getting to 900 miles in the next thirty days.
As for my other monthly update… I continue to not purchase ice cream (for the house)! Click here for the back story on why I’m not purchasing my favorite dessert. Have to admit, although I haven’t purchased ice cream at the store to bring back to the house, there were two occasions where I indulged at a local ice creamery. As the weather gets warmer, I’m sure that may occur again or even several times over the summer!
Through May, Mrs. P2F and I now have $250 in additional funds to donate to a worthy charity this year through my “no more ice cream in the house challenge”. We now have settled on a one charity which will receive some of the savings. We continue to come up with others to consider. There are so many worthy causes. I’ll be certain to let you know when we make the decision.
June is a fresh start…
That’s all I have now for the walking update for April and May. I sincerely hope you and your families and friends stay safe and healthy as we all move forward. As J. Money said… “a new month, a new fresh start”. Words that inspired me to focus on what’s ahead rather than what’s behind.
What have you been up to during the past two months? Have you started a new challenge while trying to distance yourself? Are you able to keep it up now that things are slowly opening again? Use the comments below to share your thoughts.
Stay safe…stay distant
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Cover photo: Dennis Ottink, Post photo: Arek Adeoye