Taking A Walk

Walking Down US Highway 11 – Winchester, Virginia to Louisiana

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Entries from December 2009

Great Meals: Southbound Bagels

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips An earlier post related how I often ate a bagel for breakfast. Those were the bagels that motels buy from grocery stores. I have no idea how those grocery stories cook those thing they call bagels. They are round with a hole in the middle and are brown, so they do look […]

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Tags: Mississippi

Great Meals I didn’t Eat

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One of the more common questions people asked me was, “while you were passing through such-and-such town, did you eat at such-and-such’s restaurant?” About 90% of the time, my answer was, “no.” I had a lot of great meals while taking a walk. Alas, there is only so much food a person […]

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Peanut Butter and Jam

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The vast majority of motels in America today¬† have free breakfast. If you don’t believe me, just check the ads or look on the Internet. Some of the motels have real breakfast: see, for example, Holiday Inn Express. Most of the rest have bread, bread with sugar on it (in various guises), […]

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Where Ya’ Go’in?

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It was the middle of a hot day in Northern Alabama. On the opposite side of Route 11 was a lumber place. A few men were standing in a large open doorway. One of the men called out to me, “Where Ya Go’in?” I casually pointed in the direction I was walking […]

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Tags: Alabama

But Where Do You…Some More Logistics

December 27th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A common question concerned where I slept every night. No, I didn’t sleep in the woods. No, I didn’t carry a tent. No, I wasn’t walking on the Appalachian Trail (you might be surprised how many people asked me if I was on Route 11 on the Appalachian Trail). I slept in […]

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Saturday Traffic

December 26th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I walked six days a week for much of the time. Monday through Friday had one set of traffic and activity. Saturday was different – vastly different. Since Saturday comes every week, you would think that I would know that a day was Saturday and be prepared for it. Wrong – Saturday […]

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Tags: Tennessee

Moon Pies

December 25th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I like Moon Pies. For the uninitiated, and I am surprised that to this day there are some who are uninitiated in the culinary arts of southern marshmallow snacks, a Moon Pie has some marshmallow cream on the inside, a couple of sheets of sweet cracker, and the whole thing is coated […]

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Tags: Tennessee

Great Meals: Fatz

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Dublin Virginia is a small town. It sits fairly close to Interstate 81. There are four or five motels there by the Interstate as well as fast food restaurants and the usual Golden Mile things. One of those restaurants is Fatz. Fatz is a chain, I guess a national chain but not […]

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Tags: Virginia

I Felt Different this Morning

December 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It was the ninth day of taking a walk in 2009. As a coincidence, it was the first day of October 2009. What was important was that it was the first day that I woke feeling good. The previous eight days I woke in pain. My legs hurt, my feet hurt, my […]

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Great Meals: The Southland Restaurant

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Hills and turns. Up and down, back and forth. Such a road is great for driving a sports car, but terrible for walking – especially with a bicycle (see how I had to walk with a bicycle for three weeks ). It isn’t so much physically exhausting as it is mentally and […]

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Tags: Alabama