That’s right, the journey has begun.
As you recall, Dan Ross has undertaken this long walk to increase public awareness of the conditions on Pine Ridge Reservation, to help raise funds for youth programs on the rez and to learn more about himself.
Dan has already begun to complete one of those goals. He’s learned that he pushes himself harder than he should sometimes. That led him to injure his knee. That has brought the reality of “The Tortoise and the Hare” home in a direct, physical way.
Dan has begun walking through Illinois, albeit at a somewhat slower pace. He will be keeping us updated on his progress. Here is his most recent journal entry:
Sorry for keeping you all in the dark for so long with no updates on my progress. It’s just hard to give news on my progress when I feel like there hasn’t been any to speak of. My knee injury, called illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS), has delayed me longer than I had hoped. However finally, after resting, seeing a physical therapist, and doing LOTS of stretching exercises, I am easing back into a consistent walking schedule. I’ve been racking up the miles here in Illinois in small increments, so the journey is indeed underway. It may not have started how I imagined, but I suppose most things seldom do. Thank you all for your positive words of encouragement – they help take some weight off my shoulders. I will continue to give updates on how things are going, especially since they are going a bit better now.
Also, don’t be afraid to remind me at any time that, “SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!!!”
So link up and follow along as Dan moves steadily along the 2000 plus miles from Illinois to the Oregon shore. It’s sure to prove interesting.