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BOBBIE THE STROLLER

BOBBIE THE STROLLER

My Dearest Walker Friend,

Meet Bob the Ironman Duallie Stoller, or as I like to call her, Bobbie! She’s already a whopping 34 pounds and I have not even put anything in her yet!

I found her on Craigslist from her funny owner, Rob.  Rob told me that he should have been in the stroller business because he purchased a dozen strollers for his wife and he could just not get the right one no matter how he tried. He had to keep taking them back to the store. Lucky for me, he sold this one online.  I am not sure if Rob’s wife did not like Bobbi because of her color or what the issue was with this one, but regardless, it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s all good because I wanted the yellow one.   Bobbie is brand new out of the box and I got her for quite a discount.

Rob and Bobbie are in Venice, Florida at the moment.  I need to get Bobbie the Stoller over to West Palm Beach by April 1, 2018.  If you have any ideas on transportation, I would love to hear them.

My friend Fergy is coming over to help me gear up and figure out how many things I can put in her.  I know she can handle 100 pounds, but I sure don’t want to push that much stuff up a mountain!

I will need to learn how to change the tires and take care of her properly for 3600 miles.  I likely need to get a few of the accessories, like the weather shield and bar handle for cups and towels and what not.  Walking across the country is going to be interesting in all kinds of ways, so much to learn, but I think Bobbie will make it a lot easier!

If you see me on the trail and you want to push Bobbie for a while, I would welcome your efforts of course!  Walk With Me, please! Come out and join me for 1,2 or 100 miles.  Whatever suits your fancy!

~Your Walker Friend, Sheryl Lynn

Specs, in case you are interested.
A – Wheel Base: 
29.5 in (75 cm)
B – Overall Length: 54.7 in (139 cm)
C – Handle Bar Height: 40.0 in (102 cm)

Copy of the owner’s manual and to view instructional videos, Product Instructions page.  (that is for me in case I need to find it quickly)

  • Fixed front wheel provides increased stability whether jogging or running at training pace.
  • Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
  • State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Create a complete travel system with matching BOB B-SAFE Infant Car Seats and a BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter.
  • Accessory Adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray.
  • Ultra-padded, adjustable and independently reclining seats for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harnesses help keep your children comfortably secure.
  • Independent multi-position canopies adjust for protection against the elements. Large viewing windows let you keep an eye on your babies.
  • Lightweight alloy wheels with pneumatic tires and tubes are fast and durable.
  • Low Boy Cargo Basket provides plenty of undercarriage storage. Additional space in large seatback pockets. Internal seat pockets provide a great place for snacks and toys.
  • A simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knobs keep you rolling straight.
  • When engaged, the parking brake helps secure a stopped position. Hand Brake provides additional stopping assistance when strolling.
  • Padded handlebar for comfort; wrist strap helps you secure stroller when strolling and provides handy fold lock when folded.
  • Canopy silk screened with IRONMAN logo.
  • Weight (Net): 34lb, 15.3kg
  • Capacity: 8 weeks to 100lb, 45.4kg (occupants plus luggage weight); from birth with the use of an Infant Car Seat Adapter & compatible Infant Car Seat. Maximum occupant height is 44in or (112cm). Do not exceed the maximum weight or height, as stroller will become unstable.
  • Frame Materials: High strength aluminum alloy.
  • Seat Material: Poly and Dobby weave fabrics with water repellent coating and open cell foam padding.
  • Seat Care: Sponge area with a solution of lukewarm water and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap and allow to dry. DO NOT USE DETERGENT
  • Seat Harness: Padded 5 point harnesses.
  • Safety Features: Padded 5 point harnesses / parking brake / wrist strap / seat retention strap.
  • Seat Recline: Adjustable seatback recline, down to 70° from vertical.
  • Suspension: Coil spring and elastomer core shock absorbers provide three inches of wheel travel. Adjustable shock release knobs allow for two shock positions to fine-tune suspension for varying occupants and cargo. Position 1: 0-50 lbs. Position 2: 51-100 lbs.
  • Tires: Pneumatic 16″ x 1.5″ Semi-slick tires.
  • Tubes: Pneumatic with schrader valve.
  • Hub: Quick release axle with sealed cartridge bearings.

100 REASONS TO WALK

100 (Yes, Really!) Reasons to Walk

Let the journey begin! My whole body is itching to go on the road with minimal things, an epic challenge, the journey of a lifetime. Walking from Florida to California for most people may seem daunting, but I bet you have also thought of something epic that you have always wanted to do to. What is stopping you? What other dreams or wishes do you have?  It is time to get off that chair and go after whatever is on your heart. You can do it!

I am so looking forward to meeting many new people and having great experiences as I embark on my plan of Walking With America! Please plan to WALK WITH ME!

Starting in April 2018, the fears will subside, and I will venture out in the world starting in Key West, FL, our southernmost city, to end in San Francisco, CA. This trek of trails and paths and streets and highways may take nearly 6 months to walk. My crew is helping me, and I am so thankful for all the support coming my way.

Many people have asked why? That got me thinking: WHY I am spending so many hours Walking With America?  Why would I turn my life upside down, my family’s life, my business life, and my Tahoe life to start a trek that will be far from a walk in the park?

There is no way to describe an event of this magnitude in just one sentence or even with just ten solid reasons.  The flow of interesting—and maybe a few trivial—reasons kept coming to me as I was out on the trail, you know, walking. The reasons keep coming and I could easily write 1,000, but I think we can agree that 100 is a good start!

Here are the first 100 reasons why I will be Walking With America from Florida to California starting April 1, 2018.

100 Reasons to Walk

  1. To live my Seven Celebrations daily
  2. To build a rock map (rocks that look like states, game while walking)
  3. To leave a legacy
  4. To affirm that I am good enough and smart enough
  5. To finish my book
  6. To build a community
  7. To inspire people to walk
  8. To be in nature
  9. To get real dirty
  10. To cleanse and hydrate
  11. To build momentum, good things create more good things
  12. To stop watching Netflix
  13. To get off caffeine
  14. To adopt a new direction in life
  15. To enjoy the trees, where there is no judgment
  16. To use social media less
  17. To develop positive habits
  18. To learn to sing
  19. To replace old with new
  20. To build more campfires
  21. To be relentless, bold and audacious
  22. To claim my greatness
  23. To observe detail
  24. To have magical moments
  25. To slow down (way down)
  26. To get stronger
  27. To weigh less
  28. To lessen aches and pains, time to heal naturally
  29. To eat unusual local foods
  30. To rid myself of tensions, worry, and stress
  31. To feel young
  32. To see SO many new things
  33. To become physically flexible
  34. To look into people’s eyes
  35. To understand my life depends on it
  36. To seize the day— tomorrow isn’t a guarantee!
  37. To experience fewer rules
  38. To smile and laugh more
  39. To connect with spirit
  40. To listen to bestsellers
  41. To laugh, a lot
  42. To be open minded
  43. To figure out the gear
  44. To maintain my best mindful attitude
  45. To wake up feeling refreshed
  46. To experience a minimalistic life
  47. To be prepared for wild animals
  48. To become knowledgeable about trails/maps
  49. To build mental preparedness
  50. To build up endurance
  51. To get into a training mindset now
  52. To get in tune with my body
  53. To be flexible and spontaneous everyday
  54. To be fearless, like yard camping
  55. To start sweating
  56. To be kind, help others
  57. To trust my instincts
  58. To appreciate what I have
  59. To deal with others fears when they say I’m nuts.
  60. To maybe work for money – waitressing or pulling weeds
  61. To not have a plan
  62. To just BE
  63. To clear my head
  64. To find my voice
  65. To gain confidence and competence
  66. To get in the best shape of my life
  67. To become thrifty
  68. To spread sunshine
  69. To be seen
  70. To gain wisdom
  71. To think less about what I wear—I will only be wearing yellow!
  72. To go natural
  73. To discover new places
  74. To make new friends
  75. To enjoy entertainment of all varieties
  76. To learn about me
  77. To eat raw, some of the time
  78. To listen to my body
  79. To meet friends along the way
  80. To be surprised
  81. To have fun, fun, fun
  82. To encourage change, rather than become stagnant
  83. To break comfort zones
  84. To get ready for opportunity coming my way
  85. To face fears of the unknown
  86. To focus on me
  87. To focus on others
  88. To celebrate dreams coming true
  89. To walk for those who can’t
  90. To communicate with people who are important
  91. To feel rewards of this trip for years to come
  92. To help me sleep
  93. To improve attention/memory
  94. To boost immune system
  95. To think clearly
  96. To volunteer and become more connected to humans
  97. To bask in the sunlight
  98. To take advantage of my youth
  99. To learn to trust my crew

 And last, the main reason for walking from Florida to California, reason #100 is to experience more PEACE and JOY—for myself and others.

 

NATURAL ENERGY

NATURAL ENERGY

Tap, Tap, Tap.  Mike yawns, “What?”

“Let’s Go!”  I said.

“Where?” he mumbles, in a total state of confusion.

Tap, Tap, Tap.  Nothing. I just lay there looking up at him.  Tap, Tap, Tap.  It’s Saturday morning.  What in the world is he doing still sleeping at 8 AM?

Still nothing.  Tap, Tap, Tap.  Finally, he comes to see the light of day and scratches his head and stretches. “What now, go where, go where, and what time is it?”

Natural energy that never quits.

“Let’s go,” I said again.

“Go to the store, to the living room to clean, to the park, to the mountain to hike, go for a bike ride, go out for breakfast, go skiing, go to Spain, go to the backyard to play badminton, go to the neighbors, go rake, go on a one of a kind anything, go on a never been done before adventure, go for a car ride, a plane ride, a train ride, a gondola ride, let’s just go!”

“THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND MAKE THEM FEEL SPECIAL IS JUST BRILLIANT”KIMIM VALVERDE, COLDWELL BANKER REALTOR

Gosh, I sound like a character straight out of Dr. Seuss.  I can’t explain my drive, my massive amount of energy, that inner demand that makes me want to go and go and go and never stop.  People have called me crazy, a tornado, a hurricane, a hot mess, a bull in a china shop and bunch of other stuff.  Maybe it is a chemical imbalance, who knows!  I just call it, excited to be alive.  So we all live with me having an abundant amount of energy.  I guess there are worse things I could be.

One day I woke up and decided to ride around Lake Tahoe, seventy-two miles around the might blue, on my mountain bike.  I think the longest bike ride I ever took before that was about twenty-five miles.  Just over seven and a half hours later, I was a Hot Mess, but oh so happy and overjoyed that I did it.

Years ago, I took myself on a two-month excursion across the USA in my van, just me and some gas money.  I had recently turned fifty, all my girls graduated from high school and were living their lives and I needed some alone time.  From California to Washington, New York, Key West, Nashville, Denver… and back home…It was so fun! One stop I made was in Yosemite National Forest.  Being a small town girl from the Midwest, I did not know what the Half Dome was, so I asked questions.  I applied for a permit and two days later I was set to go up 4800 feet in elevation, sixteen miles to the peak which was 8,800 above sea level.  I did not have much food because the raccoons ate it. I did not have gloves to go up the rope cables, but I pressed on.  I had some cool people that showed me the way, let me snack on their extras, and share their gloves.  Talk about epic.

I have completed three half marathons, with little to no training.  I am not much of a runner, but I did them and always finished in the middle of the pack.  Again, so happy I was able to complete my goal.  But it was not enough.

When I first moved to South Lake Tahoe, I did not know anyone or my way around.  One of the first weekends here, I strapped on my backpack and grabbed my hiking gear, and told Mike I would be back soon. Not sure of the trails, I decided to start at a trailhead called Mt. Tallac. I had half a bottle of water and 1 Cliff Bar.   About three and a half hours into the hike, some fellow hikers said, “You’re almost there, you have to go the top now!” I was not going to pass up on that challenge.  Finally six and a half hours after I left home for a “short exploratory hike,” I walked a bit wobbly to my van, hoping there was another bottle of water in there!  There was and that was a bit of a learning lesson.  I pack much better now.

On a Friday night in early September, I asked Mike if he would drop me off at 5:30 AM twenty-six miles up the road.  He does not argue or ask to0 many questions anymore.  So, we got up, drove 26 miles halfway around Lake Tahoe and I stepped out onto the blacktop in the pitch dark.  About 2 PM that afternoon I finished my “private” marathon.  It was pretty exhilarating.

Lucky for me, I get to draw on this energy to get me across the country. 3600 miles of going, going, going.  Maybe I will run out of energy, what do you think?

DOING AND THINKING POSITIVELY LEADS TO HIGH ENERGY

I consider myself a high flyer, someone who has chosen to be aligned, in line, and in the vortex living my life every day.  My attunement with myself gives me ample ability to focus when I want, quiet my mind often and allow the gifts of life to show up.

It’s 11:09 PM. Now, if I could find a trampoline to expel just a little more energy, that would be ideal! HAHA. There might be people who push me down, but I finally know myself enough now that when I need to go, I must go.  Doing and thinking positive things all day every day is just what I choose and its darn exciting!  I will sleep tonight with my InsoZia from Viva Health Solutions, and dream about another exciting day tomorrow, a day of a super awesome attitude filled with drive, enthusiasm, and passion! I can’t wait.

Thank you for walking with me, at least I hope you will.  I really want to finish.  I really, really want to be strong and healthy and happy at the end of this journey.  I need your help! See you on the trails!

Sometimes you have to do more than just go to the party, you have to bring something to the party!  I hope to do that when Walking With America!

 

LET’S WALK

LET’S WALK

The Harris Poll which has been conducting a happiness survey for the last nine years surveyed 2,202 Americans ages 18 and older in May 2017.  The survey found that only 33% of Americans surveyed said they were happy. In 2016, just 31% of Americans reported the same.

What? Really?

John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll states, “It feels like a cultural lack of presence. We are so caught up in our texting, multitasking, jobs, and commutes that we seem to have less and less free time.”

I feel that too, don’t you?  Geez.  33% of people are unhappy?!  So why am I walking with America for nearly 3,600 miles and writing a book called YOUR WAY?

I’m afraid I will never get off the roller coaster.

Walking With America
Walk With Me Please

This entire wild adventure, the dreaming, writing, thinking outside of the box, walking across the country, asking for help, asking for money, asking for sponsors, making a website, all is me putting myself out in the world for all to see. I am turning my life upside down and becoming visible. I am finally once and for all, getting off the roller coaster. I have searched for happiness for so long and for the most part, all parts of my life feel good and are exciting.

Walking With America, this whole project is simply a continuation of that joy that I have, there is an inner drive that won’t quit. My survival depends on it. Allowing a vibrational alignment with the universe, minus the pushing is at my feet, literally!!!  I am listening to my inner guidance with both ears to the ground. I will walk this path and have a blast all the while creating a successful adventure with the people I love, and those who I have yet to meet.

Daring, inspiring, true. Needed. Transformative. Christopher Mena, CMena Designs

I am in the process of creating a fun way to share Walking With America.  There will be a video, a website, a woman in a yellow icon, a book, and some social media. My daily meditations bring so many great ideas to me and I just keep listening, taking it in and following the strong impulses as I go. I am trusting the process. I believe in me and am finally letting go of the fear of what other people think. How’s that for affirmation?

Walking With America
Walk With Me!

Let it flow!

I believe it is selfish to hold back my gifts and talents. So many people have and will benefit from me, just being me. Every day, as of lately there are 1,000 lightbulbs popping off in my head and I am loving these illuminations! I wake most mornings without fear. It is a fun and exciting time for me to shine while holding a candle to America, asking all of you to walk with me and let your light shine too.

Life is here. Life is now. Happy is not someday, or tomorrow or next year. It’s now, it’s TODAY.

It’s almost 11:00 PM EST. I have an appointment with the Boys and Girls Club on Friday. I really want to show them my project, so I am up finishing a few blog posts. It’s fun to see my words transform into a story, even if the grammar is off. Thank goodness for Grammarly!

Today was good. Very, very good.  I let each hour flow into the next, paying attention to how I am feeling, doing what is important and letting everything else go.

Let it flow. Let it flow. Let it flow.  When I have a firm grip on the art of allowing, I can be far more conscious and deliberate in my actions.  When I do less, more gets done.  When I breathe fresh air and quiet my mind, the things I want show up faster than even I can believe.

Put yourself out there. You are ENOUGH. ” Sheryl Lynn