I wanted to write you a letter to express my sincere appreciation for all of your support. You were a key part of preparing me for the journey of a lifetime!
During my journey from Gilbert, Arizona, to Kalispell, Montana, I shared the story about what happened to Kevin with more than 8000 people. This does not include the many thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) who learned about Kevin’s Last walk through the many interviews I did with newspaper, television and radio. As I have been told many times, I will never know how many lives were changed as a result of this effort.
I realize that walking 1400 miles in less than 4 months is not any sort of record, but it is a record in my book. You managed to take a short, pudgy, bald, 49-year-old dude and prepare him for the journey of a lifetime! I ended up averaging more than 90 miles a week. The training schedule you kept me on and the advice you gave me regarding stretching and nutrition, no doubt, made a major difference in how this journey ended up. By being patient and following your advice, I actually felt better the further I went!
I started out only wanting to walk 5 days a week. I would walk 20 miles a day for 3 days and then 15 miles the other days. I found the 20 mile days to be difficult to recover from with very little time left to stretch once I arrived back at the hotel. I settled on walking about 14 miles a day, 7 days a week.
If you can prepare a guy like me to accomplish this, I can only imagine what you can do for those that have some physical ability!
If there is anything I can do to help you out, let me know.
Something very good will come from this,