BARBARA JO KIRSHBAUM

2005 AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER

Washington, DC; Apr. 30-May 1, 2005; 2200 participants; 5.2 m raised; weather report-mostly rain!

Different airport, different city, but here I am again at walk number 2 sitting in the airport and writing in my journal after the DC walk. (It is now Mon. morning that I am typing this journal--arrived home to my bed at 4 a.m. and up at 8 a.m. because workmen in my house are very noisy--however, I am feeling great).

I fell asleep in the car on the way to the DC airport. Bob also said he was tired, and I couldn't understand why he would be tired, when I am the one that walked 45 miles! I never really stopped to think that he is driving in a new area, and getting in and out of the car 90 times to hang up all of the Team California pink signs that he tapes up. In addition to that, he walks to meet me at lunch and at the end of the day, so in fact, he certainly deserves to be tired, as well. But he was up early to get to work today. (And I don't work until tomorrow!). I really appreciate what he does for me and what he does for the cause. I could not do it without him. He is an integral part of this experience.

Soooooo, getting back to the walk.

It rained ALL day on Sat., so I was in all of my raingear including my yellow Sloggers that were the envy of many walkers. Many walkers were in shorts and a t shirt, but each walk I end up taking more and more in preparation for all weather!

On rainy days there is a lot less interaction with other walkers, because we are all just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other. However, on Sat., the last 6 miles I hooked up with Beth and Gilat and that really helped all of us get through those last miles. It was their personal best, and that is always fun to share with someone. Beth's Mom is a recent survivor and I had the privilege of meeting some of their family at Closing Ceremonies.

Cowman and Scooter Girl were all over the place supporting the walkers. Carol, Cowman's mother, was also there passing out candy and cheering. Thanks.

Bob said that this is his favorite walk. He loves the beautiful buildings and what they represent to him as an American. We did walk through an area of embassies on Sun. that was really impressive and some of them had magnificent statuary at the front.

This was a beautiful walk and I am so grateful that my body held up, with just 2 blisters. I do not take this challenge for granted and I appreciate every step I am able to take.

F.Y.I.: My current total donations are $86,000 for 2005.

Thank you for coming to my website.

Barbara Jo
Team California
"I walk because I can't walk away"