Five Million Steps: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
LIBRARY DATES FOR APPALACHIAN TRAIL PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 2013 --- (15 dates)
DATE TIME LIBRARY LIBRARY ADDRESS
Thurs., 9/5 7:00 PM Beachwood 25501 Shaker Blvd.
Mon., 9/9 7:00 PM South Euclid 4645 Mayfield Rd.
Wed., 9/11 7:00 PM Green 4046 Massillon Rd.
Thurs., 9/12 7:00 PM Shaker Hts. 16500 Van Aken Blvd.
Mon., 9/16 7:00 PM Kent 312 W. Main St.
Tues., 9/17 7:00 PM Avon Lake 32649 Electric Blvd.
Wed., 9/18 7:00 PM Painesville 184 Phelps St.
Thurs., 9/19 6:30 PM Richfield 3761 S. Grant St.
Sat., 9/21 10:30 AM Randolph 1639 State Route 44
Sat., 9/21 2:00 PM Streetsboro 8990 Kirby Lane
Mon., 9/23 6:30 PM Norton 3930 S. Cleve-Mass. Rd.
Tues., 9/24 7:00 PM Mentor 8215 Mentor Avenue
Wed., 9/25 7:00 PM Brunswick 3649 Center Rd.
Thurs., 9/26 7:00 PM Lakewood 15425 Detroit Ave.
Sat., 9/28 2:00 PM Parma Hts. 6206 Pearl Rd.
OCTOBER 2013 --- (14 dates)
DATE TIME LIBRARY LIBRARY ADDRESS
Wed., 10/2 7:00 PM Medina 210 S. Broadway St.
Sat., 10/5 2:00 PM N. Canton 185 N. Main St.
Mon., 10/7 7:00 PM Nordonia Hill 9458 Olde Eight Rd.
Tues., 10/8 10:00 AM Bay Village 502 Cahoon Road
Wed., 10/9 6:30 PM Mogadore 144 S. Cleveland Ave.
Thurs., 10/10 7:00 PM Perry 3753 Main Street
Sat., 10/12 2:00 PM Gates Mills 1491 Chagrin River Rd.
Mon., 10/14 6:00 PM Jackson (Massillon) 7487 Fulton Drive NW
Tues., 10/15 7:00 PM Middleburg Hts. 15600 E. Bagley Rd.
Thurs., 10/17 7:00 PM Westlake 27333 Center Ridge
Sat., 10/19 11:00 AM Columbia 13824 W. River Rd.
Tues., 10/22 7:00 PM Wadsworth 132 Broad Street
Wed., 10/23 7:00 PM Madison 6111 Middle Ridge Rd.
Tues., 10/29 6:30 PM Uniontown (Lake) 11955 Market Ave. N
November 2013 --- (2 dates)
Mon., 11/18 7:00 PM North Royalton 5071 Wallings Rd.
Mon., 11/25 7:00 PM Stow-Munroe Falls 3512 Darrow Rd.
I hope to see you this fall! Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Monday, June 3, 2013
YOU'RE INVITED TO MY APPALACHIAN TRAIL PROGRAM
You are invited to attend a program about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) at 31 libraries this year. I will recount details of my thru-hike of the AT in 2011 from Georgia to Maine, a distance of 2,181 miles. During each PowerPoint program, I will also display my gear, show photos of the trek, and answer questions. At the conclusion of each program, my book, Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, will be available for sale for $15. I will sign copies of my book for those interested.
Four of those library programs are in June, which are listed below. Most of the library programs will be in September and October. Those fall dates will be listed on this site in early August.
JUNE 2013 AT PROGRAMS at LIBRARIES
Tues., 6/4 @ 7 PM ---Avon Library,37485 Harvest Drive, Avon
Wed., 6/5 @ 7 PM --- Solon Library, 34215 Portz Pkwy, Solon
Thurs., 6/6 @ 7 PM --- Brook Park, 6155 Engle Road, Brook Park
Mon., 6/17 @ 7 PM --- Parma South, 7335 Ridge Road, Parma
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Is there life after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail?
I want to give you a brief update on my life since completing the Appalachian Trail last September. I was able to raise thousands of dollars for Alzheimer's Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Society for Melanoma Research thanks to pledges from over 300 people. I have completely recovered from my broken ankle suffered in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since last October, I have enjoyed speaking before many groups and organizations about my hike. There are many more presentations scheduled
through 2012. It is fun to reflect back on the hike and share my photos. Ever since I started the hike many people have encouraged me to write a book about my AT adventure. Eventually in late fall I decided to begin the process. It has been a time-consuming, but fun and rewarding experience. There are so many things that happened that I did not have the time to share with you while writing my blog. Also, I expect to include many photos that I took on the trail. I hope to complete the book by the end of this year.
I have chosen to donate the proceeds from the sale of my upcoming book to another worthy charity, Journey of Hope. Its mission is to provide immediate financial assistance for critical and urgent survival needs to support and sustain adult cancer patients and their families. Journey of Hope has provided financial help to many struggling families dealing with cancer. The need is great. I will inform you when my book is completed and hope you will support my effort to benefit Journey of Hope. May God bless you!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
This article appeared in my local paper this week. It gives a good overview of the trip.
Monday, October 10, 2011
A big thank you to everyone that came out to hear about my AT adventure and see my photos. I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did. Here are two links to the stories that appeared in the news recently. If you want to watch the story, use the first link. Copy and paste them into your browser.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I will be making a presentation about my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I expect to give a brief talk about the nearly 6-month hike, show my photos I took on the trail, and answer questions about the 2,200- mile adventure. This is will take place on Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 PM. It will be held at the Western Campus Theatre of Cuyahoga Community College at 11000 W. Pleasant Valley Road Parma, OH 44130. No need to RSVP--just come! Hope to see you all there.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
You will probably recall that on Thursday, July 28 I fell on a steep and treacherous rock descent on North Kinsman Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and twisted my ankle. I decided to call a retired Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Kim Brown, whom I had met just ten days earlier in Lake George, NY. Dr. Brown listened to me as I described the condition of my ankle over the phone. He said that I should have an xray to really know the condition of the ankle. However, he understood that an xray was not possible at that time. From what he could surmise by my description, he guessed that I probably had a severe ankle sprain. He suggested that I obtain an Air Cast Ankle Stirrup to use immediately and continue using it through the rest of my hike. I was able to purchase one by phone at a Rite-Aid Drug Store in Lincoln, NH. Lincoln was the closest town to where I was on the AT. Later the same day two AT hikers hiked five miles up and then five miles down the mountain to get it to me. After two days of rest and a small amount of walking on the tent pad where I had set up my tent, I resumed my hike. The Air Cast certainly stabilized the side-to-side movement of my ankle. Within a week after the injury the ankle felt much better. When I finished the hike, I seldom thought of the ankle.
I finished the hike on September 7. Two days later I called Dr. Brown. He thought it would be a good idea to still have an xray on the ankle even at that late date. Since I have been home the ankle is still slightly swollen and tender at times. Today I had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Coale. After an xray technician took three xrays of my ankle, I returned to await Dr. Coale. Within a few minutes the xray technician came to the room where I was awaiting the doctor. She had an expression of wonderment as she asked me if I knew that the ankle was broken. Obviously I did not!
When the doctor entered I told him my AT tale. He was quite surprised that I was able to continue hiking after just a few days of ankle rest, especially in the most rugged states of the AT-----New Hampshire and Maine. He said that I must have a high pain tolerance. I have never thought that I did. He described the break as an "Oblique Distal Fibula Fracture." He advised me not to jog or run for another four weeks. He described the break as clean and now mostly healed. He also said that in about four to six weeks the ankle should be fully healed and pretty much back to normal!
Now as I reflect on the whole episode I am glad that I didn't know that it was broken. If I had known, I most likely would have taken several weeks off and gone home. By now I would likely have been back on the trail still hiking. I believe that the old saying is true, "ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL!"
I hope to have one more blog within a few weeks to give you some final thoughts about my AT hike. I'll be touch!