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Happy Birthday!

August 10, 2010

Hello everyone! This is Christina Malloy from the central walk. It’s crazy to think we’re so close to finishing this journey.  Five of the walkers in our group have had birthdays during this trip.  Nick Doyle’s birthday was June 13th , Erin’s was June 14th, Patience’s was July 21st, Rachel’s was July 25th, and my birthday was Friday, July 30th.  I’d like to say happy birthday to everyone else who has had a birthday during the trip.

My birthday was quite the interesting day.  The day started with a couple of the other walkers on my shift surprising me with a cupcake with a match in it at midnight. After sleeping and doing the normal morning routine, it was time for us to walk.  We started somewhere a little east of Cambridge, Ohio.  Patience ran 10 miles and Rushad ran 5 miles. After that, we were not able to continue on the road we were on because there was construction and the road was completely torn up.  While we were trying to figure out where to go from there, we discovered the oil was dangerously low.  We decided to go to the closest town further east of us.  Due to the construction and the fact that Rushad’s GPS on his phone gives one step at a time, we ended up going in two different circles.  After that, we decided to drive back to Cambridge.  We got an oil change and then got lost while looking for a grocery store and gas station.  By the time we were done with that, it was too late to go back and walk so we drove to the host family’s house near Columbus.  So Jessica Graehler and I ended up not walking on my birthday. That time could have easily been frustrating, but we all just went with the flow and laughed it all off.  It was just a little adventure.  I really appreciated all of the gifts people gave me and the yummy cake. =)

That Sunday I was able to take a picture I had wanted to set up since July 4th and here it is:

So, a while ago someone from one of the other walks posted a challenge to post pics of animals and vegetation we’ve seen.  Animals we’ve seen include deer, moose, a baby rattlesnake, other snakes, rabbits, quail, geese, hawks, coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, and more.  Here’s a couple pictures.

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