Taking A Walk

Walking Down US Highway 11 – Winchester, Virginia to Louisiana

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Entries from January 2010

Natural Bridge (Virginia)

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes you are right at something, but you cannot see it. Then you tell people that the thing isn’t there. Then you learn later that you were standing on it. Then, well I don’t know what happens then. Such is Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County Virginia (the county is of course named […]

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The Evening Checklist

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While looking at different things I used while taking a walk, I found a little file on the desktop of my computer called “Checklist.txt.” I created this early in the walk and used it often to help myself remember to do things each evening. I was, after all, a bit tired each […]

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Walking Up the Hill

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Pulaski, Virginia – It is a nice small city with a population of about 10,000 people. I remember walking in from the north (as the road goes). There was the Volkswagen van parking lot. I never figured out what that was. I also remember a large furniture factory that had been closed. […]

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Tags: Virginia

Without Paper

January 12th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While I was taking a walk, I was what I’ll call “semi-employed.” During 2008, I was employed by the government. During 2009, I was employed by a corporation. Well, sort of employed. The situation was very different in the two years, but equally complex. I won’t go into the details (boring), but […]

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But How did You…Logistics Part Zero

January 11th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips My wife Karen accompanied me for the first half of the walk – Reston, Virginia to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She drove our car and walked much of the way as well. The basic scheme was: Karen drops me at Point A Karen drives the car to Point B and parks it there I […]

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Tags: Tennessee · Virginia

Flat Tires

January 10th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I used a bicycle for a good part of the walk (see here for details). Two times I had a flat tire on my bicycle. Let me start by writing that I am not a mechanic. I am not good at this; I have had little interest in it my entire life; […]

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Tags: Alabama · Tennessee

Sometimes It Wasn’t Much Fun

January 9th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips No, it wasn’t always fun. There were the times… Loud windy days on the four-lane road – This was mostly in Tennessee, but there was one afternoon in Alabama as well. People drive faster on a four-lane divided highway than they do on a two-lane road. Much of the wind experienced while […]

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How Big is a Town?

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips That is a good question. I don’t have an answer. While taking a walk, I would refer to places as towns and cities. Some of the towns and their populations are: Boligee, Alabama 345 Eutaw, Alabama 1,800 Calhoun, Tennessee 400 Sweetwater, Tennessee 5,500 New Market, Virginia 550 I found these numbers on […]

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Pace and Patience

January 6th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips “Relax, breathe, calm yourself,” is what I thought over and over. On the road, especially when alone, I wanted to go faster. “If I could only walk four miles an hour, I could…” I don’t remember how many times I ran this calculation while walking. I never found a good answer to […]

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The Visa Card

January 5th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I used a Visa card extensively while taking a walk. My wife didn’t like this. “How can you use a credit card when you are buying something that cost two dollars?” was her usual disdainful question. I understood her dislike for this, but I still used the Visa card. Every day I […]

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