Week Two and I’m still going, that’s gotta mean something, doesn’t it?? I was sheepish to admit to my best girlfriend and walking partner I needed even more incentive to keep walking. We’ve been walking hell or highwater (as Seattleites the high water isn’t an exaggeration!) and they are the highlights of my week but I need to work towards a specific goal. So as of today I am 20% into my ‘hike’ on the Hadrian’s Wall. In addition to getting me walking two or three more days a week, it’s been fun to learn some history, like the building of the wall began in the year 122. To quote Wikipedia “[Hadrian] was the first to build a wall 80 miles long to separate the Romans from the barbarians”, reasons for the construction of the wall vary, and no recording of an exact explanation survives….”. AND I missed this little gem of a benefit…….

You just passed the 20% milestone on the Hadrian’s Wall Virtual Challenge! This is great news because it means we will plant a real tree thanks to you! Each time you reach one of the milestones shown on the map, we will plant a tree to help restore healthy forests in locations around the world. We have partnered with leading forestry rehabilitation agencies to get this done so all you need to focus on is smashing out as many miles as you can. Keep up the great work and thanks for helping our virtual global community make a difference in the real world.

The section of the wall I am virtually standing at today is at the small village of Heddon-on-the-Wall and its 1500 inhabitants is home to the longest surviving section of the wall that was built to its original width of 3m (9.8ft). Known as the Broad Wall, this surviving unbroken section of the wall is 100m long. It is assumed that in order to save on resources and funds the construction of the wall was reduced in width quite early on to 2.5m (8.2ft) and sometimes even as narrow as 1.8m (5.9ft) wide. (Quoting the update I received.)

I admit I was skeptical about signing up for a virtual walking mission. I did my due diligence, read reviews and researched on YouTube and felt good about signing up. There is quite a support system with the program for those that like that type of community. I am not affiliated with My Virtual Mission, but I am enjoying the ease of recording my distance and the virtual postcards to tell me where I am ‘on the Wall’ And as a Games of Thrones fan, I learned George Martin based his ice wall – separating the fictional Seven Kingdoms from the wild lands beyond – on Hadrian’s Wall. If you want to check out the other walks that are available, here is the link https://www.myvirtualmission.com/ I’m having a good time!

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