Solo this year

I'm three-peating this year and walking in Michigan.

Be sure to click on the walk summaries to read about Chicago & San Fran.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Pack for the 3 Day.

Hey sis! I hear you tend to over pack? LOL Gearbag- use a big duffel bag on wheels, or something similiar. (wheels are heaven after walking 20 miles)
  • Gallon Ziploc bag with toilietries, shampoo, soap, medication, toothbrush, toothpaste, deordorant.
  • Shoes, pair two if you have them and slip on comfy shoes for around camp.
  • Gallon Ziploc bag with PJs, sweats, whatever you will wear at night.
  • Friday clothes packed in gallon ziploc bag.
  • Saturday clothes packed in gallon ziploc bag, pack an extra pair of socks in a snack bag to put in fannypack.
  • Sunday clothes packed in gallon ziploc bag, pack an extra pair of socks in a snack bag to put in fannypack.
  • Sleeping bag in compression bag.
  • Small pillow
  • ear plugs, in case our tent is near the potties
  • one clear shower curtain to use as tarp

That is is, there is no electrical so no need for hair driers, curling irons... that stuff. Hopefully you signed up for towel service, so no need to pack towels.

Fannypack-really this is a restock of any inventory used while training.

  • blister block/body glide
  • blister bandaids, regular bandaids
  • aspirin/ibuprofen/aleve
  • rain poncho? -not a must as they hand them out at stops if it starts raining.
  • crystal light hydration.... only if you are like me and can't drink Gatorade.
  • lip balm
  • cash/debit card- in case you see something you have to have while walking
  • Friday's change of socks.
  • water bottle

That's about it, unless you found you had to have something while training. No need to pack food or snacks. There will be soooo much food on route. They don't call it the 3 Day Buffet for nothing.

I'm not sure it's as important out in sunny (LOL) California to have everything packed in ziploc bags, but I found it was nice to be organized that way. If it does end up raining, you will be so glad everything is in plastic.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Route Overview

Friday: It will begin with an emotional Opening Ceremony at the Cow Palace, where we'll gather together to pay tribute to the many women and men who have lost their battle with breast cancer, and honor the survivors. We'll remember the reason we're walking as we make our way west towards the Pacific Ocean. We will walk along beautiful Lake Merced and through Stern Grove on the way to lunch. The remainder of the day is filled with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and North Bay while walking along the Great Highway and through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Be sure to enjoy the contemplation station, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, before entering camp. Saturday: On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. This second day of walking will take us over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and into picturesque Sausalito towards Mill Valley. Most of the route will be on the water’s edge and along the Sausalito / Mill Valley Bike Path. After enjoying lunch in Mill Valley, we will return through Sausalito and enjoy another breathtaking walk over the Golden Gate Bridge and into camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun. Sunday: The final day of our journey will begin with a beautiful and peaceful morning walk through the Presidio. Upon entering the city, we will make our way through Golden Gate Park then through Cole Valley and the Castro to lunch. After lunch, we’ll pass through the heart of city and other neighborhoods including: Hayes Valley, Civic Center, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, North Beach, and the Marina. Be sure not to miss the view of Lombard St., one of San Francisco’s unique calling cards, before descending upon our final destination, Marina Green, to join family and friends for a celebratory Closing Ceremony. Carey!!!! We're going to the Castro for lunch! Wow Sunday sounds awesome, we're going to see lots.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cheering Stations!

Cheering StationsPublic cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking. Friday, October 1 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. San Francisco Zoo North Parking Lot Sloat Blvd. and Great Hwy. San Francisco, CA 94116 11:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Ocean Beach Ocean Beach, just north of Lincoln San Francisco, CA 94121 Saturday, October 2 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Fort Baker - (Limited Parking) Fort Baker On East Rd, 0.2 mi South of Alexander Ave. Sausalito, CA 94965 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fort Baker - (Limited Parking) Fort Baker On East Rd, 0.2 mi South of Alexander Ave. Sausalito, CA 94965 Sunday, October 3 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Conservatory West - Golden Gate Park(JFK closed to vehicles on Sunday) Where Conservatory Dr. W meets JFK Dr. in Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94118 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Duboce Park (East End)Duboce & Steiner San Francisco, CA 94110 And opening ceremonies are at Cow Palace 7 a.m. Closing ceremonies at Marina Green at 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


20 Days until.... I turn 40. I fly to San Francisco to walk 60 miles in 3 days!!!! Support me by donating $20, $40 or $60 today. Please help me reach my fundraising goal!