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Walking day #83...Saturday, November 3, 2012...into White River and beyond...cheated (somewhat!?!?!?)

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what a day!!!...20.2 miles with 37,834...findings for the day: 1 Verizon phone charger (functionality yet to be determined)...wildlife sightings: several turkeys, several deer, several prairie dogs and one bunny rabbit...the day started by moving from the Badlands Ranch and RV Resort to about 15 miles west of White River, a kind gentleman let us park the motor home on his property and we proceeded to head east along the way the Reverend Neil Old Lodge offered a prayer on my behalf, about 5 miles out of White River the Jeep decided to stop, perhaps the victim of a drained battery, same symptoms as before only a tad more severe, a kind group of deer hunters had some cables and took me back to the Jeep, Joe from upstate New York spent several minutes to get the Jeep running and followed us back to town to make sure we got in seems that the Jeep will run but the gas always must be applied otherwise it stops (odd), not being a mechanic I have no order to complete the day's goal of 20.2 miles it was necessary for my to run about three of the last five (the cheating part, this IS a walk NOT a run!!!)...I had to park the motor home in the dark and in doing so managed to loose a wee bit of paint to a rather small but effective stump!!! (@#%&, $#@% and &$#@!!!) rookie mistake, as Mom would say "nobody died"...tomorrow will be a quick 10-11 miles and then off to Rapid City to do laundry, buy food and spend the night so we can get the slide repaired first thing Monday morning after which we will take the rig to Valentine, Nebraska...only insight for the day is: when parking a motor home, check, double check, triple check and then check some more!!! a bonus the Utes beat Washington State today in football (Matt, Jim too bad for you!!!...GO UTES!!!)...the numbers are as follows:

for the week #22:

131.1 miles (211.4516 km's)

245,892 steps (some of them running steps!!!)

$0.16 in loose change

for the trip:

1,720.6 miles (2,775.1613 km's) vs budget of 1,760 showing a deficit of 39.4 miles

3,245,788 steps

$43.60 (I located $0.32 previously unaccounted for)

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D Joan Bund Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Wow. am I ever relieved. Not your fault Jim, but I often complained when I had to follow Art thro a small town with lights blinking. I do not like to ride the brakes and as far as I was concerned, the Jeep idled too fast so when ever I caught up to Art, not wanting to get ahead I would just stop and let him get a block ahead of me. then I would take my foot off the brake, not give it gas, just let it idle and as I said, it idled faster than Art could walk so to save the brakes that is the way I did it. However, there were times when I killed the battery even with a half hour off and ten minutes on. I got so I could 'read' the Jeep and cheat a little by running longer than 10 minutes. You see Jim, I did kill the battery several times, and boy, did I ever feel guilty. Groan! only once after we got a new battery, that is when I would run it a little more than Art instructed because I did not want to kill a brand new battery. Well Art, never blamed me, not even for catching pneumonia, but still If I killed the battery I would feel guilty, sorry Art, so I got very very careful. so Jim, that is why I felt relieved, not for your mishap because I know it was not your fault, but because someone else could have trouble with that Jeep too. carry on! Keep on walking!

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