Buena Vista, July 16, 2016

Stephanie and I were up early this day, knowing that there were other things we’d be doing in the day and that it was going to be very hot later that afternoon. So we had decided that our “10k by 10a” quest would be Buena Vista this day. Yes, we’ve been to that area a couple of times and we’ll continue to go there. There’s a large neighborhood back in those side streets and plenty that we haven’t explored.

We started our journey (with GoPro from Omega Sports strapped on) at Five-Points on North Stratford and we headed north. We observed some wonderfully rich architecture and I’m not just talking about the folk or houses that made up the neighborhood. I mean the 2016-07-16 08.39.41the way the houses were constructed and the history in this neighborhood is quite rich and deep. We walked all the way to Spring Garden Road and turned west onto Spring Garden. We walked that until we got to Sylvan Road. We turned south on Sylvan and walked until Greenbrier Road. We walked Greenbrier southeast to Roslyn Road and turned south.

We walked Roslyn to Buena Vista Road where we turned northwest until we reached Dartmouth Road. Stephanie had attended Whitaker Elementary for a time and wanted to show me where it was. I say was because it had been torn down and a new one built on top of the old place. So there were stories about boys that picked on her to be told. We walked Dartmouth south to Forest Drive where we turned east. We walked Forest until we returned to Roslyn. We walked south all the way to Warwick Road, which we took east, crossing back over Stratford and to Runnymede Road where we turned southwest and back to Five Points. We needed to get a few more steps so we walked back up Stratford until Warwick and crossed the street to come back to Five Points, and crossed Country Club Road and onto S. Stratford and around the BB&T building’s parking lot to reach our car. Just as my watch chimed 10,000 steps it also showed that it was 10am on the dot.

We went downtown to Mary’s Gourmet Diner to have our after-walk nourishment from our official “Carb Loader” and then down to Atelier on Trade to our official “Caffeinator.” Afterwards, it was time for our “liquid reward” at Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company.

But, our day wasn’t done. We then went to RayLen Vineyards to perform with the Vagabond Saints Society and then after that, we went back to downtown WSNC to perform 2016-07-24 19.22.07with Clay Howard at Finnigan’s Wake. All-in-all for that day, we ended up with 17,410 steps. That equaled to 8.47 miles and I burned 3546 calories. Not a bad day of walking, I’d say.

Many thanks to our sponsor Omega Sports without whom I’d be on old tattered shoes and bad socks, and have to resort to checking my phone instead of my Garmin Vivofit 3. They make the walks possible.

While N Stratford is a bit noisy (it’s a pretty busy street), the neighborhood streets to the west of it are very quiet, serene and beautiful. There are plenty of wonderful houses, buildings and structures to gaze upon as well as magnificently manicured lawns and landscapes to enjoy. It’s one of the more upscale neighborhoods in town and it shows. But, they seem very inviting to others who may be wandering about their community. We thank them for their welcome hospitality. Look for this to be a video soon (at least that’s my plan).

Where would you like to see or read of me exploring in this town? Do you want to walk with us? Hit me up here by leaving a comment, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. Until next time…

Get to steppin’!

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Downtown WSNC June 11, 2016

Stephanie and I had hair appointments on Saturday morning and since we get the ‘dos did over on Burke Street, we decided that was “base” for this day’s walk. After the cut, we walked from the corner of Burke and Brookstown Avenue, north to Fourth Street and east until Trade Street. North on Trade to Mary’s Gourmet Diner between Seventh and 2016-06-11 13.13.14Eighth Streets to fuel up for our walk. From there we traveled back south to Atelier on Trade to have a little coffee to get us started back on our journey.

We traveled on south to Fifth Street where we walked west to Brookstown, in the West End. We turned northwest on Brookstown and up to Carolina Avenue where we turned northeast. We took Carolina to Summit Avenue, south and back to Fourth Street. Checking my Vivofit 3 I noticed I needed around 2500 more steps to reach my goal (10,000). So, instead of walking back to our car, we decided to continue on to get what we needed.

We walked east on Fourth until we got to Broad, where we turned north. We’d both always been curious about what was going on in the clandestinely plain buildings on 4 1/2 Street so we turned west down that way. It was really nothing to see but more nondescript buildings belonging, presumably, to Wells Fargo. When we reached Summit, we continued down until we came, again to Brookstown. We went to Burke Street and turned southwest, walked about 60 yards and turned back northeast, thus completing the 10,000 steps needed.

Along our walk through the middle and west side of WSNC, we stopped to observe the architecture, culture and history of our beautiful city. We looked at the various styles of the homes, many built around the 1920s, some older. We stopped in front of churches and 2016-06-14 12.07.21observed their majesty. We saw memorial gardens that honored the lives of those lost. This small area has so much history.

We ended up with over 11,000 steps walked. That was just shy of 6 miles. I burned over 3000 calories that day.

It was my first walking day wearing the new Brooks‘ shoes, Thorlo’s socks and sunglasses that Omega Sports sponsored me with, I was tired and sore but they were comfortable and I wasn’t overly fatigued. The Garmin Vivofit3 that they sponsored me with is how I registered my miles, steps and calories. I am thankful to Omega Sports for believing in me and what I have envisioned for the blog and future web series. If you’re going to be participating in any walking, running, team sports or just wanting to work out, Omega Sports is the place to get the equipment and implements of these activities.

Get to steppin’!

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.