As of Friday, Y-Bo, pTiny pTerodactyl and I have walked for 996 of the 1049 minutes we must clock to become official Idita-Walk finishers. Which means we only have 53 minutes left to go. Not too shabby for an grandma, grandson and a ‘grand’ dog!
In case this is the first you’ve read about the Idita-Walk, it is a ‘do-anywhere’ trek that commemorates the Anchorage to Nome (1049 miles) IditaRod dogsled race that is held every year in Alaska.
I must admit that, for me, the biggest challenge of this walk has been the weather. Since the February first starting date, the Chicago climate has been all over the meteorological map. Unseasonably warm temperatures, followed by Siberian gusts, that brought icy sleet, then a slight warm-up, then a not-so-slight-round of freezing winds which ultimately dumped nine inches of heavy wet snow on our fair Metropolis. Today’s a perfect example of our Winter 2013… we’ve got lovely temps in the high 40s, virtually no wind at all–which is wonderful at this time of year. Of course, there’s a downside to our ‘heat wave’…it’s relentlessly gloomy, totally sunless, and absolutely rainy.
But that’s Chicago for ya. A favorite Windy City saying is if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, cause that’s how long it takes for it to change to something else. Besides, what’s a little wind, rain, sleet or ice-covered snowpaths to a gang of hearty Idita-Walkers like us? A piece of cake…or butter cookie…or dog treat…depending on the size of your teeth!
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