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Madison – Big Brothers Big Sisters

June 6, 2013

Indiana – Wednesday, May 29

Tula and I went for a mile and a half walk around the campground as soon as we were up and about. And then I drove to Clifty Falls and did another mile and a half of walking on some of the trails. The falls were pretty – not as big as I was expecting, but still pretty. And I enjoyed the walk in the woods – there were some big rocks along the trail, including one called Cake Rock that looked like a birthday cake tipping off a platter. I wouldn’t want to be around when that rock finally breaks loose! Clifty Falls is a big state park – there’s even an inn on the grounds. And as I was driving back out of the state park I saw 3 turkeys.

Then I headed back into Madison, a near-by town that I drove through last night when it was dark. It looked like a fun one to return to, and I’m so glad I did. They had a long river walk, and Tula and I walked it from one end to the other. Everything was green and grassy, and there were flowers, and more barges on the river – a very scenic walk. We even followed the old railroad tracks at the end of the river trail for a ways, and covered 2 1/2 miles and then Tula was ready for a rest. I left the air on for her while I covered another 2 1/2 miles walking from one end of town to the other on the main street. Madison is said to have the largest historic district in the state, and it was a good town to walk through – lots of well-maintained old buildings, and good window shopping. Madison also has the oldest tavern in the state and a restored horse and livery building.

When I was literally walking my last block before getting back to the van, I happened to pass by a Big Brothers Big Sisters office, and the door was wide open – like it was just waiting for me! So I thought this would be a good place for my donation today – I’ve heard of the program, but haven’t made a donation to it yet. Before going in, I went to the van to write a short note and get my checkbook, then I went back to the office, and met Gina, who’s been working for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 5 years. I explained a little bit about what I was doing, and that I’d be happy to make a donation if they could use it, and she was so appreciative of it, and very supportive of my journey. She even wanted to meet Tula! She told me their local BBBS program has 80 pairs of mentors/students, and that many of them have been together for years. Several of their students are graduating, and part of the reason is the positive impact of their mentors. There are probably lifelong bonds and friendships between some of these people, and I was happy to be able to help a tiny bit. Gina also told me that their satellite program in Kentucky has another 13 (31??) pairs. What a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the student!

I was hungry by then, and got some take-out food from the interesting looking Hong Kong Kitchen. The road out of town no longer followed the river, so I decided to head northwest toward Indianapolis. It was very hilly once I got out of town, and there was a pull-off under a large rock overhang – it dwarfed the van and made it look like it was going to get squished in the rocks! Along the way I stopped in Columbus, which is known for architectural design (which I know nothing about), and walked another 2.2 miles, which put me a little over 10 miles again today. I’m hearing some reports of bad weather being around all weekend, which is why I’m trying to get a few extra miles of walking done. I stopped for the night in Taylorsville, just a little south of Indianapolis.






















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