Sunday, August 8, 2010

Walking Around Town

Training has been progressing smoothly, but a few weeks ago I was getting concerned about the longer training walks. Typically, my training walks are on rural roads near my home making a 3-mile loop. I seldom venture too far because of the dangers of training walks, such as dogs and inconsiderate drivers. After three loops, it gets kind of repetitious.

In order to avoid repetitious walks, I was trying to come up with new ideas for my longer training walks, which I take on Friday and Saturday. Of course, there is also the option of training walks; yet again, one of the pitfalls of living in the county is the most training walks are at least 50 miles away. Trying to come up with a reasonable plan, I decided to explore the local towns where there are sidewalks and usually people around.

This week I started in my hometown, Cleveland, Georgia. My first stop was exploring the campus of Truett McConnell College. Upon exploring this Baptist college I was amazed by the hidden beauty at the back of the campus. Taking in this breathtaking view, I once again thought how my walks differ from so many others.

  After taking in the details of God's country, I descended and headed toward the heart of Cleveland - the square. In the middle of the square is the White County Court House. This 1856 building is now a museum.

One stop shopping is popular on the square. There is a hardware/furniture store that once housed Truett McConnell College.

All the breaking news in White County is published in between a lawyers office and drug store/soda fountain.  I am hoping my many trips by the window of the paper will get my story about why I am walking published. :)

From the square I headed toward the food mecca of Cleveland. No, I didn't capture BK, McDs, and a local diner in a picture; it is, however, great to know that I have them available for pit stops when needed.

After making a loop, I headed north past the largest Baptist church in town, and I am always enlightened by the message on their sign.

 My journey then took me to the longest part of my walk which is greatly rewarded by not only finding a penny from heaven but also with a pit stop at Yonah Burger. If you are ever up in my neck of the woods, make sure you stop at Yonah Burger. Doesn't matter if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, their food is always YUMMY!

After my pit stop, I take in the mountainous views

 while getting lost in thoughts of the stories told by the trees and walls of this country homestead if only they could talk, and before I know it I am back where I started and having walked a mile more than required.

Where did your walk take you?

Hugs and blessings,


  1. What a beautiful area to walk in and such a quaint little town! Thanks for sharing your great pictures!

    ~ Kristen

  2. Beautiful walk! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Heidi, I always enjoy going back and reading your blog entries again and again. By reading your blog I always feel like I am taking that journey with you!! I love you and miss you!!!

  4. Hi there1 Thanks so much for your visit and comment. Because you left a comment I was able to find my way here. I've enjoyed myself and will return. As a cancer survivor myself I sooo appreciate what you're doing for the cause.