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When it rains it pours

September 22, 2007

Only 2 more training walks left. The weather forecast at 6:30 am showed a bright yellow sun on the map. Got to the park and met up with 10 of the Loantaka Ladies who were ready for a long training walk.

As we started out, the woods were draped in a low fog. It was very peaceful and quite as we made our way along the path. We covered the first 7.75 miles in less than 2.5 hours. We headed back into the woods for lap 2. About a mile and a half in, it started to rain. We remained fairly dry under the canopy of trees, so we pressed on. When we reached the 2 mile point, the rain was coming down harder and the trees gave way to a field. We decided to turn back, remaining under the trees. All except for Martha, who decided to press on. By the time we reached the parking lot, the rain had slowed.

Denise called Martha’s cell phone to see where she was on the path. There was no answer. Like the Marine’s, we leave no one behind. Denise and I set off back on the path in search of Martha. The rain had started again. We stopped a biker who was traveling down the path and asked if he had seen a woman walking by herself. He responded, “No, but I was not very observant”. We passed a couple walking a dog, and they too had not seen Martha.

Denise called Martha’s name loudly. No answer. We walked a little farther along and saw a lone figure walking towards us. It was Martha. She said she was surprised to hear someone calling her. We walked back to the parking lot in the rain, which was now slowing down.

All together, we had walked almost 16 miles. One thing is certain, wet socks and sneakers do not make for a pleasant walk 🙂 But it did feel good to know we could complete 16 miles, mostly in the rain. We were now prepared for any weather on walk day.

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  1. Denise Brinckmann permalink
    September 22, 2007 6:53 pm

    My goodness you are very quick with your updates and funny too! We did have a great walk today and gave me a great reason to rest this afternoon. A few more Advil and I’ll be just fine. I talked with my sister Lisa Yurgel and we both would love to join your team!!!! Just let us know if you need any other information! We are looking forward to it!!!!
    Karen, thank you again for leading the training walks and for all the care and positive encouragement you’ve been giving us

    Big hug

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