Tuesday, November 22, 2005

11/17/2005 -- Leaving Cambridge, MA

I don't know that I will ever complete this typically over-ambitious project, but hey, it will be fun for awhile. Suffice it to say that, for inspiration, I can thank:

  • My dad
  • Bill Bryson
  • The Republican Party
  • Aaron Sorkin, or whoever produces The West Wing

For various reasons which may eventually become clear, I have decided to walk from Cambridge Massachusetts ("Most liberals per square foot") to the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve ("Most nothing per square foot").

Well, not really. Really what I did was to buy a pedometer and start keeping track of how many steps I take per day. Counting my steps somehow evolved into walking to ANWR. Fine. More on that in some later post.

In the meantime, all you have to know is that, in my virtual little head, I headed out of my cozy little place near Central square, hiked along Route 2 towards Lexington, Massachusetts.

Today I took about 10,500 steps, which I reckon to be around 4.5 miles, which is plenty to get me out onto the highway. For those of you who know Route 2, it ain't a great highway to walk along, but I figure it will be typical of my routes, so might as well learn to love it. Some friends of mine once tried to bike down Route 2, which is kind of like saying that some friends of mine once tried to surf in an olympic pool. It's not that you can't do it, it's just that folks don't appreciate it when you do. A kindly policemen pulled along side them and told them to get the hell off of the highway. So far, nobody has bothered me, for obvious reasons.

I shall hunker down here tonight, with one final apology. I am sorry if my early posts don't quite match the date on which they are posted. It took me almost a week to pull this project together and I didn't feel like foregoing my happy success walking. I hope stay more or less current for as long as possible.

Cheers,

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