Big Things Afoot

There has been a lot of working behind the scenes here at “Man About Town” Central. I told you that things have started to take off and I can now give a little more insight as to what that is.

What I can tell you is that I have a sponsor that has signed on to help me on my quest. I am proud to announce a partnership with Omega Sports. You may have noticed the Omega 2016-05-17 16.48.14Sports logo, to the right here, that has been there since I made the blog a few months back. I’ve known that we were going to have talks and it’s now official. Omega Sports believes in the vision I have for this project which is also a lifestyle move. They have agreed to sponsor the blog, the web series and eventual podcast, should I choose to pull that off. They’ll also be re-posting some of the progress, timeline and life blogs that come from The Man Who Walked the Town.

Omega Sports has been a leader in local sports equipment, sporting needs and active wear since 1978. They’re a local company that services the “every day” athlete while also serving the “every person” active lifestyles. From football to basketball, tennis to walking, running to aerobics, Omega Sports is where you go for your sporting needs.

So what we have going on is this: They are providing me with a GoPro Hero4 Silver camera to film the walking journeys that I, my wife and anyone else that goes along with me, take, to turn into the vlog/web series. Because proper footwear is essential to any walker, I have a brand new pair of Brooks Transcend 3 walking/running shoes. To enhance the shoes and to protect my feet, two pairs of Thorlo’s foot protection socks. I’ve been using my Samsung phone to keep track of my steps, vitals, distance and time spent walking. They’ve done me one better and have provided me with a Garmin Vïvofit3 to do all that work for me. Throw in an Omega Sports NC t-shirt and a new pair of sunglasses and we have a complete sponsorship package. What I had negotiated and they felt was also necessary to get me started on this healthy and informative journey.

As I said, they believe in what I’m doing and since it promotes a healthy lifestyle, they’re all about that. I’ll be throwing their logo all over everything that The Man Who Walked the Town does and you’ll probably be seeing it on my other blogs (Useless Things Need Love Too, The Man Who Ate the Town) as well as the websites for The Less Desirables (and the podcast) and The Beer Dads. That last one especially, because this blog is under the Such-N-Such Media/Such-N-Such Limited, Inc. umbrella and Jon and Paul are partners of mine in all of this. I am incredibly proud to say we have this partnership with Omega Sports and I am excited with the possibilities.

When you’re thinking of a new pair of running shoes, soccer shoes, basketball shoes, footballs, baseballs, handball or tennis (basically anything athletic), don’t run to the big chains. Go to Omega and support locally owned, family companies.

Keep watching here and on the Facebook and Twitter pages, for more details.

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Buena Vista Plus May 14, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Stephanie and I decided to forego the Highland Games to get some long distance walking, instead. We’ve spent time in Buena Vista before, which you can read about here. We parked, again, at the BB&T at Five Points and started our march. This time, we picked the eastern side of the street and walked, as we did the last time, north to Reynolda Rd. However, we didn’t stop and turn around this time. Instead, we crossed the somewhat-treacherous Reynolda and onto the ritzy East Kent Road. 13233156_10154028999185490_3276917889221737787_n

Immediately, the lack of any sidewalks gives off the vibe that interlopers such as ourselves may not be welcome to walk freely among the elite residences along the road. Now, I am not saying that the residents of this area are actually like that. I am only saying the vibe is as such. There are beautiful homes there, to be sure. We continued down into and then up from the valley that is home to the eight or so homes that call the short segment, well, home.

From that we walked to Arbor Road. Kent all the way to Arbor is a canopied stretch of trees and shade. On Arbor it’s like you’re emerging out of the shadows (you are) and immediately into the friendly, warm arms of Helios, himself. Then, you realize that there are no trees and Helios’ cordiality is more like a friend that starts to grate on your nerves that you just don’t want to talk to for a while. However, we were out on a beautiful and mild day so while the sun was beaming down, it wasn’t harsh and was, truly, enveloping. We stopped along the way and sat on a bench that was out in the open, on the sidewalk, and chatted a bit. Our legs were screaming for a break and we acquiesced. We then continued northeast on Arbor which at Pilgrim Ct. turns into 25th Street. We continued until we came to 24th and decided that we should turn back. At this point, we were already over the 7500 step mark. Instead of going back down Kent when we arrived, we continued southwest on Arbor back 2016-05-15 12.46.52to and across Reynolda.

Across Reynolda, Arbor makes a southern turn heading due south. We walked this same stretch of road in our last trip to Buena Vista. We thought about making a detour around to one of the other streets in the neighborhood, but the reality of it was, we were already a few hours in and we hadn’t had any water or bathroom breaks. Walking downtown gives a few places that we can stop into along the way to fix that problem, but you can’t just stop and ask a resident if we can use their restrooms or if they can spot us a glass of water. Perhaps 30-40 years ago, but not today. So, because we knew that Arbor ran all the way back to Country Club Rd., and therefore directly back to a spoke of Five Points where we parked the car.

So, let’s sum up that walk. From Country Club Road and North Stratford Road to East Kent Road to Arbor Road to 25th Street back to Arbor all the way back to Country Club is 4.8 miles. Combined with other walking, such as walking around Walmart to get a few items and the car dealership lot while getting my car inspected, combined with incidental walking and the fact that we were out after midnight from the night before; all-in-all I walked a total of 14910 steps and 7.37 miles. I also burned 1092 calories. That’s my second best step total since I started tracking my progress using my phone.

It was worth celebrating and we did so by having lots of water and a frothy beer from Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company. It was a very productive and active day. We’ll be back with another walking adventure, soon. I’m also working on a few news items about the blog and the ideas I have for it. Thank you for reading!!

Get to steppin’!