Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day Three

I would never think that walking 28 miles would be so hard, but I soon realized that it is much harder then it sounds.

Volusia County Councilman, Andy Kelly wanted to walk today. He walked just about all of the journey today, Which was really harsh. Cars driving stirred up rocks off the road and launched them towards us, rain and lighting ran across the sky. I made it to the Star Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Pain was something i expected, but not as bad as it was. I now know that I need to drink more water, because dehydration is a hard thing to deal with.

The Star Center here needs some supplies such as:

Baby Wipes
Laundry Soap

I will update this as I find out exactly what they need.

I will have to walk 53.1 miles in the next two days to St. Augustine.

David Ashby

Monday, June 22, 2009

Still on hold

Okay i know many of you are wondering about my sister. As of right now I cannot tell you anything due to her want for privacy. She is still in the hospital and is recovering faster then we thought. When I have permission to release it to the public I will.

When i continue, I will have to walk about 25-35 miles a day instead of the 21 we thought. I will have to catch up to were I'm supposed to be. Also my mother may be staying here in Virginia with my sister, so I will have someone else follow me instead. I as of right now have nothing else to report to you. I will continue to blog, more on the Walk then now.

Thank you all who are following my journey and who are concerned about my family,

David Ashby

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day Two

When you wake up in a shelter it's a very weird feeling of being lost. After a quick meal at the shelter consisting of rice and chicken I left to continue the journey. 17.9 miles was harder then I thought. No side walks down 17/92 in the searing heat is no fun. Semi trucks flying less then ten feet away is a bit nerve racking.

The heat forced me to drink over 25 water bottles and loads of Gatorade. The grass slows you down more then you would think. Day two was rough, but was worth it.

When I reached DeLand, Florida I was greeted by many people who were very supportive. I met with the pastors and county council member. I was followed until I reached the Church I would be staying at. After a meal there and much conversing everyone left to let me sleep.
That would not happen...

We got a call that my sister was in a bike accident and might have to have surgery on/near her brain. Family comes first so we all load up and left an hour later. I left a note stating "I will be back". I will continue this trip in a few days when my sister's conditions stable.

Anyone who is wondering where I am, I'm in Charlottesville Virginia. I promise that I will continue this journey to D.C.

Thank you for everything

David Ashby

Monday, June 15, 2009

Day One

Well after 9 hours of walking I finally reached my destination at the Rescue Outreach Mission in Sanford, Florida. My feet were swelling, I was tired, I was hungry. This by far was the hardest trek.

I started at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in downtown Orlando. Many people showed up such as Mrs. Keeler, Coach Monte, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs Chechmen and Mrs. Detiz. (I am very sorry for any miss spelled words.) After several speeches I was finally ready to go. Being followed by many reporters I made my way to Sanford, Florida. Coach Monte met me about 8 miles or so away from the Outreach. Its amazing how much walking and how hard it is that has to be done.

The Rescue Outreach Mission has a list of things that they need.

The Rescue Outreach Mission needs the following items:

The Rescue Outreach Mission
1625 W.13th Street
Sanford Florida
(407) 321-8224

1) Hygiene Items:
-Tooth Paste
-Mouth Wash
-Tooth Brushes

2) Personal Items
-Sanitary Pads/Tampons
-Diapers/all sizes
-Diapers rash medicine
-Baby oil/Lotion/Wash

3) Laundry
-Soap Powder
-Dish Detergent

4) Paper Products
-Toilette Paper
-Paper Towels
-Plastic Forks/spoons/knives
-Foam Plates

5) Medicines
-Cough Syrups Adult/Children
-Aspirin Adult/Children

I will be blogging Everyday about the day.
Im going to go and rest...
Be thankful for the things you get
and be sure to read each day

David Ashby

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Starts Tomarrow

Well I have less then 12 hours left before i start and my nerves are calming down. Everything is packed and ready to go.

But before I start I want to thank everyone who has helped in anyway.

Mrs. Keeler, I want to thank you so much for your support because without you, would be a huge morale loss.

Mr. D, I thank you for making a place for people to contact me easier and where they can learn about what I'm doing.

All my other teachers, I thank you for listening about the trip.

My mother, Thank you for everything from support to work done to make this trip possible. even though we had our down times we pulled together and now it's time to do this.

My Grandmother, For support, financially and mentally. You have helped me keep going even when people ridiculed me about my idea and you toughed it out with us.

My friends, Although some made fun, I thank each and every one of you. Because without you this would be boring. Making fun of my hair (with or without it) was fun and Others gave support and ideas. I will see you all soon.

My Sponsors, Without you this trip would not be possible. Shoes, Money and much more would be a problem, but thanks to your kindness we can complete this Trip.

Megan VanRiper, For helping build and take care of the pets, siblings, and house while we are gone.

Whitney Taylor, For help build and take care of the pets and house while Megan is gone and when she is there.

Thank you homeless children, For inspiring all of us to be better people and teaching us the lesson of helping others because you are the future that has been thrown off course.

Anybody that I missed I apologize, But rest assured that everyone who has helped in anyway has made this trip possible. even the smallest about of help is worth the world to me. Thank you for your time and effort to make this possible.

I have until tomorrow before I become a Homeless child for the summer.

Thank you all for what you have done,

David Ashby

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Two Days To Go!

Well after all this time of getting ready for this trip, I'm only two days away. Eleven-Hundred miles never seemed so far until now. I have less then 48 hours before my 57 day journey. Many things are going through my mind that make me want to stop, but then i realize that this Walk isn't about me it's about helping others.

Wow... I have less then 48 hours before this trip and like I predicted I'm starting to get a bit nervous, but I have to go through with this. I dont even know what I'm nervous about. I think it's the fact that I will be throwing myself into the unknown.

I will be blogging on the Trip which starts June 15, 2009 and I will blog tomarrow. Hope to see some of you at the leave. I will be starting at the Coalition in Downtown Orlando.

David Ashby