And now, the weekend is upon us! The two of them are walking 60 miles as the capstone to their fund-raising. So now it's our chance to pitch in and help. The job is easy: come and do some cheerleading.
That was the focus of my day today: since I'm on sabbatical and can do it more easily than most on a Friday, umbran asked me to come cheer today. Frankly, it was a hoot. I started the day in Wellesley, and spent a couple of hours there. I got to chat with a few of the other folks cheering, who were an interesting mix. (The most interesting being Bob, The Pink Angel. He's maybe 70, dressed in a frilly pink shirt and hula skirt, pink angel wings, and bright gold pom-poms. He would do a little dance on the sidewalk in front of each bunch of walkers as they came along.) I got handed a couple of Thunderstix, convenient noisemaker balloons to save your hands from the rigors of hours on end of clapping. And I yelled a lot. And then, after a few afternoon appointments, I went and did it again in Waltham for another hour.
It's a lot of fun: just going and being energetic in a good cause is a great way to spend a day. 60 miles is a *long* ways to walk, and the cheering stations are there to help keep spirits up. They'll only get more important as the weekend drags on -- the third day is a lot harder than the first.
So if you have a few hours this weekend, I urge you to go join in. umbran can probably tell you where and when it would be helpful to show up. (I could tell, driving home today, that tomorrow's route will go through Lexington, but I don't know where the cheering stations will be.) Please come help cheer the walkers as they go through the final stretches!