2. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

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Remember this book by Dr. Seuss?

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.


You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t,
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored, there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance,
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that
Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”


Thanks Dr. Seuss!

With that, here’s the itinerary I’ve come up with to show where I’ll be along the MRT and what I’ll be doing each day too.  It’s worth mentioning that at each destination point I will be tent camping since it’s part of the joy of being on the trail soaking in the outdoors.



Friday, May 9, 2014 Depart Seattle, WA and arrive in Chicago, IL via Southwest Airlines 0
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Visit Jenny Beam 0
Sunday, May 11, 2014 STATE #13-Illinois: Tough Mudder Run
Monday, May 12, 2014 Depart Chicago, IL and arrive in New Orleans, LA via Southwest Airlines 0
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Visit New Orleans, LA and prepare for Tour 0
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Bike to Donaldsonville, LA 90
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Bike to New Roads, LA 70
Friday, May 16, 2014 Bike to Natchez, MS 78
Saturday, May 17, 2014 STATE #14-Louisiana: 5k Superhero Dash
(all proceeds will support Cystic Fibrosis research)
Bike to Port Gibson, MS
Sunday, May 18, 2014 Bike to Vicksburg, MS 50
Monday, May 19, 2014 Bike to Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge (near Greenville, MS) 100
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Bike to Great River Road State Park (near Rosedale, MS) 82
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Bike to Memphis, TN 118
Thursday, May 22, 2014 STATE #15-Tennessee: 4 mile Zoom Through the Zoo Run
(all proceeds benefit the Memphis Park Zoo)
Friday, May 23, 2014 Visit Memphis, TN 0
Saturday, May 24, 2014 STATE #16-Arkansas: 8K Easter Seals Rock Run
(all proceeds will support the Easter Seals)
Bike to Ripley, TN
Sunday, May 25, 2014 Bike to Union City, TN 70
Monday, May 26, 2014 Bike to Cairo, IL 40
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Bike to Cape Girardeau, MO 51
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Bike to Ste. Genevieve, MO 70
Thursday, May 29, 2014 STAY/REST in Ste. Genevieve, MO 0
Friday, May 30, 2014 Bike to St. Louis, MO 56
Saturday, May 31, 2014 STATE #17-Missouri: 5k Run with Hope
(all proceeds benefit breast cancer research)Visit St. Louis, MO
Sunday, June 1, 2014 Bike to Louisianna, MO 106
Monday, June 2, 2014 Bike to Hannibal, MO 35
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Bike to Keokuk, IA 64
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Bike to Galesburg, IL 96
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Bike to Moline, IL 62
Friday, June 6, 2014 Bike to Blue Grass, IA
STATE #18-Iowa: 5k Homecoming Race
(all proceeds benefit the areas High Schools)
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Bike to Galena, IL 93
Sunday, June 8, 2014 Bike to Prairie du Chien, WI 71
Monday, June 9, 2014 Bike to La Crosse, WI 66
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Bike to 5 mile Bluff Prairie State Park 50
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Bike to Red Wing, MN 51
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Bike to Minneapolis, MN – NAILED IT! 60
Friday, June 13, 2014 Visit Trish and Rob Anderson 0
Saturday, June 14, 2014 Visit Trish and Rob Anderson 0
Sunday, June 15, 2014 Depart Minneapolis, MN via AMTRAK 0
Monday, June 16, 2014 Travel across the country to Seattle, WA on AMTRAK 0
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Arrive back in Seattle, WA 0


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