As some of you may know by now, I have been on a very slow and painful mission to lose some weight. And it is a very hard task to do when you have been unemployed for three and a half years and have no income. It gets even harder when you are on food stamps and can only afford one meal a day. When I come to the library, since I don’t have internet at home, at times my stomach growls, and I start to feel lightheaded and tired, you get that way when you have not eaten anything for over 12 hours! In my position, it’s like sitting in a classroom and trying to learn, try doing it when you are hungry and can not concentrate.
And, when you live in one of the worst metro areas in America for unemployment and economics, it gets even worse! So, some people have begun to see me walking around three miles one way to get to the public library here in Oxford. I mean, Google Maps says it’s three miles on the nose! And I believe it!
This week, a driver pulled up and wanted to talk to me. No, I was not in trouble or they did not call the cops on me like what happened a few months ago. This driver, who works at UPS, says he is inspired to see me walking on the side of the road almost every day. And the driver said “you have inspired me to get off my fat butt and get moving.” Wow, I am glad some people sees me walking on the side of the road as inspiration, not all people driving by are mean, some get far over when they go around me, and some drivers have given me a free car ride! But, there are some drivers who honk their horns, or yell bad words, or swerve towards me, I hate those drivers.
So on this special Shape Up! post, I am going to highlight the route I walk to the library most weekdays. I only walk there, and try to catch the bus back to save some time. And yes, I am glad the weather is turning cooler! So, my route starts walking down Hillyer Robinson Industrial Parkway. When the road was repaved a few years ago, they added a shoulder, I am glad they did!
The worst part of this road is when you get to the guard rails. As you can see, there is not a lot of room between the traffic and the guard rail. I am not walking on the other side and can’t see the cars coming towards me, and I can’t walk on the grass, the business does not like it!
Continuing down the road.
Here, you cross the Anniston/Oxford city limit line, and as you can see, Oxford loves to neglect painting road lines on the road. And here, the road splits.
Here at the Norfolk Southern train track, this is where I mostly take my train photos.
Now I am on US 78 / Hamric Dr. This part of the walk sees me walking in the grass.
Then, there is plenty of hard parking lots I can walk on.
Then I get to the Snow St. traffic light. You have to watch out for cars turning right onto Snow St., who don’t have to stop.
Then a full paved shoulder opens up on US 78. It’s an easy walk for the next mile. Just watch out for cars who are turning.
I am glad the bridge has full shoulders!
Then I get to the AL-21 / Quintard Dr. intersection. You have to watch out for cars turning right here, and the full paved shoulder ends, back to walking in the grass. And in between the ramp and the intersection, there are a lot of holes, fire ants, and other obstacles.
And at the traffic light, you have to watch out for cars who go way past the white stop line.
After the intersection, you must watch out for cars turning right again, at a very high speed! The grass has plenty of obstacles in it as well!
Then I get to a gravel, then hard pavement portion of the road. The worst part here is people parking their cars on the side of the road during home football games, I thought you could not park on the side of a state highway?
Then I turn right onto a city street.
And I approach the city library. About 90 minutes later, I am at the library.
So, there is a step-by-step instructions on how I walk to the library. I would love to try new things and actually afford to eat more meals a day, but that won’t happen until I am hired somewhere. So, I am embedding my visual resume below (over 10,000 views), if you know of something, e-mail me at: NathanYoung@GeekAlabama.com