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Matt's 3-Day Blog: Day 1

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Day 1 is in the books!  It was a little over 20 miles, and overall I think my feet are doing okay.  We had a great day today, with really a perfect day for walking.  There wasn't a lot of sunshine, although you could still get a sunburn, and the cloud cover kept temps in the 60s.  Perfect.  Just a hint of mist around 2pm, but not enough to make anyone unhappy.

The day started early, at about 5:30a for most of us, but the cloudy skies also helped to keep morning temperatures pleasant.  So it wasn't a frigid start to the walk or anything like that.  Everyone, as is typically the case with these things, was in a GREAT mood!  And why not!?  We're there to have fun and find a cure for cancer.

Here's a friend of a friend of mine; every year it seems the circle of friends and people who know someone doing this walk gets tighter and tighter, which is just great.  This woman was walking with her husband.  Awesome!

Kimberly King greeted us this morning with weather live shots from the event; here's a picture of her, myself, and Barbara-Lee Edwards, who is doing this for the 9th time I believe.  8th or 9th.  Many times. 

This is me getting the word from Kimberly that we should have rain sometime on Sunday.

Last year, in the pouring rain, Pam was one of the many volunteers that work this event that checked me into camp each night.  I was so glad to see her at the start of the race this year, and without all that rain.

Everyone along the route, especially the city of Del Mar, made us feel so welcome.  And grateful that we were doing this walk.

There were lots of people cheering us on at the pit stops and other parks along the way - the support is always welcome!

As happens every year, the support was not just cheering.  But cupcakes in some circumstances!

And you don't know what you had to do to get those beads.  (Mardi Gras?)

Another of the many volunteers, this one is Jerry with the motorcycle crew.  They helped us with crossing intersections and made sure we were safe along the route.

This police officer was helpful in keeping us safe, too, but I noticed that she always rode her bicycle on the sidewalk. . .next to a bike lane.

This is a shot of the lunch area on Friday - La Jolla Shores.  It's taken from the La Jolla Cove.  You can see a lot of pink over there, as everyone was grateful to have a spot to rest and rehydrate.  And eat!

Arriving at the campsites, the tents were DRY this year - YAY.  They will hopefully stay that way, although there's a chance of some showers on Saturday.  We'll see what happens on Day 2, and I'll have more photos then.
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