What’s the longest you’ve ever walked in a single day? Hunger Hike

What’s the longest you’ve ever walked in a single day? Daily post topic 344

Write about what happened, how far you walked, and whether it was by choice, or something happened that forced you to travel differently than you expected.

When I was in high school I was very involved in social justice types of organizations and projects. I was fully determined to make the world a better place. It was my clarion call, my reason for “doing”. Thus, I was involved, for one thing in the “Walk for Human Development”. It was also called the Hunger Hike. Participants got people to pledge money per mile. You then did the hike on the day of it. (In the location that I did it, the group (thousands of people by the way) it was a Sunday in the spring.   You brought your form with you, and every few miles you got the form stamped. At the end of the “hike”—which wound it’s way through our town—you got it stamped again. Then you took your stamped card to the people that pledged. You collected the money and brought it to the organization. They used the money for food for the poor—both here and abroad.

The first year I did the Hunger Hike it was a 35 mile hike. I walked every step. Oh my, at the end I was in agony. My friend and I drove home, she dropped me off and I nearly crawled into the house. I wanted to stay home the next day. Dad said “nope—extracurriculars, no matter how noble, do not trump education”. Gotta love the Greatest Generation. They were always so doggone right!

So yeah—35 miles in just a few hours is the longest walk.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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8 Responses to What’s the longest you’ve ever walked in a single day? Hunger Hike

  1. Debbie says:

    Kate! I did exactly the same thing! and WOW – that was one LONG walk! I can’t remember if I raised more money or more blisters! 😉

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I know! I cannot remember at all how much i raised. I had no comprehension ahead of time as to how very far it would feel!
      At the time I walked the 1 1/4 mile trek to HS each morning and the same 1 1/4 miles home each afternoon. I figured “i’m in shape, no problem”…yeh—i was sore. but what memories.

  2. Kate Kresse says:

    Thanks! I was in agony the next day ;-). The next year it was a 25 mile hike; but I had to do it fast, because the guy I went to the hike was my ride home. He had to have his parents’ car back by a certain time. I practically ran at least a third of the miles (no, not in a row, silly). I walked the rest of it super-fast!

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  4. ElizOF says:

    I’m impressed by your walk! And yes our parents generation were far from the wimps some of us have become. 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Thanks Elizabeth…there is definitely a REASON they are called The Greatest Generation, isn’t there? They rolled up their sleeves, took care of business….no whining, no ‘entitlement’ mentality.

  5. I loved this! I have never even walked 5 miles that I know of, but when I read the topic, I wondered–on a day when a mom has to be on her feet all day, such as preparing a wedding dinner or tending five sick children, how many miles does she walk?
    Makes me think of buying a pedometer!

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