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Day One - Done!”

Updated: November 21st, 2008
I'm tired. I feel great, though... just tired. It's partly because of the 20 plus miles I walked today and partly because, no matter how hard I try, I just don't sleep the night before the first day of the walk. I'm a night shift person and going to bed at nine or ten does me no good. I end up lying there until about one in the morning. Today I got up at five - not much sleep. It's for this reason that I owe a special thank-you to the men and women stationed at the busy intersections of the walk. I used to think they were there primarily for the drivers - but today I realized they're the ones who prevent us from wondering into traffic after 10 or 15 miles in the sun and too much chocolate. So to all the happy, supportive put-a-smile on our faces bikers who guide us through crosswalks with words of encouragement - thank-you!

Camp had a great vibe tonight. Walkers were greeted by the huge tent city already set up (by wonderful young people known as "tent angels") and a final throng of well-wishers applauding us through the Three Day arches at Crowne Point Park. After a good hot shower and a change of clothes - usually flannel pj's, fuzzy slippers and some kind of fleecy sweater - they made their way to the dining tent - drawn in by the smell of a wonderful spaghetti and meatballs dinner and the sounds of soothing live music coming from the stage.

After dinner anyone with aches or pains starts to assess the damage in earnest - just how bad is that blister? And what's that pain my my foot/knee/back? For most it just a matter of general fatigue that will hopefully be erased by a good sleep. For others it could mean a tough start to day two. But this is where the Three Day has a chance to work it's magic. These are the people to whom we will offer support and any any other form of help we can. Most of them will tell you that quitting isn't an option - and they mean it. So to anyone who found the latter part of the first day a bit more than they bargained for - know this. You are not alone. There have been countless others who struggled with the initial challenge and fought through it - actually enjoying, if not savoring those final miles on day three. So hang in there because we're all in this together and whether it's a band aid, Motrin or helping hand up a tough hill offered by a stranger - we'll get through it together. See you on day
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