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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Health Progress



A friend drove across the state to visit for a couple of days. Tuesday the weather was bad so we stayed inside and caught up. Wednesday the weather was nearly perfect. He and I and the dog went for a good walk. I’ve slowly built up my endurance so was able to handle a two mile walk. Half of it was level ground the other half was rolling hills. That’s a big improvement over the short five minute walks I started with after my hospitalization.

Now I know a two mile walk isn’t climbing Everest, but it’s a start. I’ve feeling pretty good about being able to physically handle an extended sailing adventure by the fall. Those of you who’ve never cruised on a small boat won’t believe how much walking is involved. Mainly, you don’t have a car and rides cost money. Just about everything involves a walk: groceries, hardware, and laundry are some of the most common errands run on foot. How many grocery stores do you see with a boat dock? Darn few.

One marina I stayed at involved a quarter mile walk on the docks to my boat. The place was huge. A trip to the marina restrooms and back was a half mile hike. The grocery store was about a mile past the marina. Restaurants were way off in a different direction. Without even trying I could easily walk a half dozen miles. Sometimes it was quite a bit more. No wonder I slept so well by the end of the day.

After my buddy left my lovely wife and I did a little boat project. A scupper hose had to be fixed. My large low land gorilla hands had a hard time in the cramped space. My lovely was able to get the parts aligned with her delicate digits. She’s a pearl beyond price.

More bad weather is predicted so it’s back to indoor projects for a bit.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. I should walk more, but I don't. I should follow your lead, I reckon.

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    1. If I can walk, generally I can stay healthy.

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  2. I used to hike in the mountains and all over the local hills. Now my feet prevent me from hardly walking at all. It sucks.

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    1. That does suck. Still, do what you can. Like a friend of mine says: I do what I can with with what I've got . . . left.

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  3. Two miles in one go ? Yeah maybe I could...sucks going from indefatigable to being such a whimp as I am now...

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    1. You are the last person I'd call a whimp. It's a miracle you are able to walk at all and you earned it the hard way.

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  4. I was curious how you brought groceries to your boat on previous trips. Do you have one of those two wheeled collapsible carts, a pack or just carry them in the shopping bag ? Would a bicycle be too bulky kept on the boat ?

    I saw this PolyMule product mentioned on another blog and wondered if it would be useful to you. A bit pricey at $400 plus, but the uphill assist could be of some benefit.

    https://polymule.com/

    I don't own one, but a smart DIY person could figure how to build one themselves I think.

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    1. Usually it's a backpack and cloth shopping bags. We now also have one of those folding two wheel carts and they can take a good load. When we were in Marathon we'd walk to the store and take a cab to haul the groceries back, but cab prices are cheap there. The poly mule looks pretty cool. Some people take folding bikes on their boats. My sailboat is a bit small for that. Also, the salt is murder on bikes.

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  5. There is a lot more walking involved in a sailing trip than most people would ever imagine. At least you get your exercise.

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    1. I get in pretty good shape, between the work of sailing, paddling to shore, and hiking around for basic errands.

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  6. Glad to hear you are headed in the right direction bathrooms and groceries are of about equal importance, wouldn't want you to have to choose between the two:-)

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