Day 7

I walked 14 miles today, but didn’t mean to. Google Maps was not my friend, and did not take me to my intended destination. But I liked walking along the San Timoteo Creek bike and walking path, as well as on San Timoteo Canyon Rd. (even though it’s a two-lane blacktop and constant traffic vigilance […]

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Day 6

My day began early, about 5am. In spite of the Mexican music that went on until 2:30 am (I’m actually a fan, and love the tuba bass lines and the staccato accordion fills), I slept deeply when I was sleeping, and fell back to sleep without much difficulty. I broke “camp,” and was at IHOP 1/2 […]

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Day 5

Although I did not put on a lot of mileage today (about 10 miles), it was in other ways a satisfying day. Although Haven Avenue in Ontario was anything but a haven yesterday when I was struggling to get past Ontario airport, it was more amenable today, taking me via sidewalks all the way to the […]

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Day 4

On the fourth day I rested. I decided to give my legs, knees, feet, and toes a break today. I sat in the Jacuzzi a few times, and took the hotel shuttle to the mall to buy a pair of trail shoes at North Face. But mostly I thought about the last few days, the […]

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Day 3

Today it was the three “Cs”—Cars, Construction, and Cows. This was supposed to be an easy day. Only 16 miles, and about 70% of it was on sidewalks. Turned out the other 30% was hell and frustration. A sidewalk would end suddenly, with nowhere to walk but on a sandy side path or on a busy […]

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Day 2

Today started out better than it ended. It was a beautiful day, and all I needed to do was walk on the Santa Ana River Trail most of the way to Corona. On the Trail this morning I observed a bunch of guys from California Department of Fish and Wildlife on ladders inspecting a large […]

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Day 1

I was joined this morning at the Pacific Ocean (at the foot of the Santa Ana River Trail) by my dear wife Sharon and my longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Bronson Hamada, who lives and practices in Huntington Beach. Bronson joined me for the first few miles and then he drove Sharon to the airport. […]

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The Night Before Day 1

It’s the Night Before Day 1. Sharon and I drove from Oakland to Southern California in a humongous white Toyota 4Runner rental (which we just dropped off at John Wayne Airport). The traffic coming down was smooth except for a few Easter Sunday fender-benders. The Runabout kart (“kart” is the preferred spelling of designer/manufacturer Roger […]

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Eulogy for My Father

The death of my father on March 7 (as well as that of my mother in 2012) helped me learn the true meaning of the word community. I truly appreciate the outpouring of caring and kind words from friends, most of whom never met my father but understand (generally first-hand) what it is like to […]

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Reflections and Gratitude on My Birthday

There was a time in my life when my birthday meant gifts, a party, special food, a cake, and hopefully some fun. Now? I don’t need gifts, parties don’t seem as important as they once did, and I’ve limited my diet to the point that I can eliminate at least 80 to 90% of whatever […]

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