The 2017 Walk Across America set a new record of miles in one week with 254.3 miles in WK 12. But, it also added another walker, Eric, who walked 47.5 miles. Eric is a good friend of Walking With Jim as Eric was the only person who walked the first few miles with Jim in 2013 on the Walk Across America that is the story of Walking Across America: One Step at a Time (Amazon.com).
The 2017 walking team is becoming like family with walkers sharing personal needs together as they move across America as a team. Adding a good friend like Eric will make the team even more like family as the team gets acquainted with Eric’s story that may be featured in a future blog.
The 2013 walk was a story of family. People that Jim and Glenda met on the walk became like family, with some staying in touch over four years after that walk. That closeness has prompted Jim and Glenda to consider a “Reunion Walk” sometime in the future. Though not a full walk, it might feature Jim and Glenda driving the same route with stops along the way to reconnect with some of the people involved in the 2013 walk.
One of the highlights of the 2013 walk was for Jim to reconnect with the oldest living Buckley near Springfield, Missouri. Jim reconnected with his Aunt Mildred and her daughter and son, Carleen and Robert, and family in that area. The story of Jim’s reconnecting with family is on pages 122-123 in Walking Across America: One Step at a Time. Another highlight of the 2013 walk was the conclusion of the walk when Jim and Glenda’s family of 25 people joined them in New York City to walk the final miles to Times Square.
The 2017 team has not decided how to conclude the 2017 walk, but it will be exciting. If you would like to be included in that conclusion, you are invited to join the team. It’s simple. Record your miles, then post them on this blog in the LEAVE A REPLY at the bottom of the blog. Then, click POST A COMMENT and you are on the team. Record your miles each week until we reach New York City, which could be soon if we keep breaking miles per week records.
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