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Logging miles all over the city

April 11, 2008 - Steve Murch
I walk everywhere. To work, to the dentist’s office, the grocery store ... everywhere. Location means a lot, and, granted, when you’re close to everything it’s easier to do. Aside from a few spills on the ice and bundling up this winter, it’s been pretty easy to do.

The one thing aside from miles that accumulates is thoughts. There are times I have to think ahead with where I’m heading since I will have to carry everything. I also need to make sure I get everything the first time because turning around and getting that one item isn’t convenient. The biggest challenge thus far has been grocery shopping. I have a nylon bag I pack the groceries into, but it only holds so much. Shopping become a case of priorities.

More than that though, I’ve really thought about how many unnecessary trips I used to take — and I didn’t make that many trips. I’ve had my car for over six years and logged only 27,000. It makes me wonder how many miles I’d have eliminated if I would have been willing to walk more often.

It shows you how wasteful we really are, and how much gas we’d save if we had a little ambition. I see people driving short distances for little things all the time. If they’d have taken the extra few minutes and walked, they not only would save gas, which burns more quickly on those short trips, they’d have some exercise and fresh air to boot.

With my increased dedication to walking, I’m starting a new series that will appear in The News. It will be called “Walking With ...” and will begin appearing in May. I have a few people lined up, but will take suggestions. I’m looking for interesting people who either are prominent people who we don’t know them outside of their public persona, or people who everyone should know.

So, if you know someone who Northeast Michigan should know, e-mail me at Be sure to include contact information for you and the person who nominate.


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