Saturday morning it was the traditional early morning wake up call. One of the MS Society staff members drives around the camp beeping her horn and playing "It's A Beautiful Day" by U2. It is really loud and really annoying at 5 AM. Yup they wake us up early! So we were up and it was a chilly start to the day. Jenn and I made the best of being up early and ran over to the medical tent to get our blisters drained and our feet taped. There was no wait which was awesome!
We grabbed some breakfast and walked over to the field where the official opening ceremony would take place. We stretched. I was feeling really tight but overall really good. Much better than last year on Day 2. I was really (happily) surprised that I wasn't more sore.
We were walking by 8:40 AM and Jenn and I made sure to get toward the front of the pack again today. It's not a race or anything but we wanted to keep a good pace. One of the first rest stops was the "MS Strong" one and it was so inspirational and patriotic. We had to get a pic w/ the banner and of course I had to stop to lift some weights! Ha!
CCRT. You basically walk 10 miles down, eat lunch, rest, and walk 10 miles back. So you see the same rest stops twice. The "bees" were there again this year and we ran into the "ra ra" crew there too. The girls in orange have the job of riding around the route and cheering us on. They were awesome!
The support crew in cars, on motorcycles and on bikes are the best. They ride along the route and cheer us on the entire way. It is so nice to see a smiling face when you are starting to feel like you can't walk another step!
That afternoon was much of the same. . . feet soak, massages, showers, dinner and wine! It was a beautiful afternoon and everyone hung out around the Big Top Tent. Gilenya (my new oral MS treatment) was there for the weekend w/ gift bags and a fun photo booth. Jenn and I made have taken a picture in it. Or 4. Haha!
The Saturday evening program is always filled w/ tears. Each year two walkers are selected to share their story and this year they were extremely emotional especially one woman who shared about her rock bottom only months earlier when she considered suicide. She was so depressed over her declining health due to MS. Fortunately, she didn't do it and now she is getting the help she needs. So brave of her to share her personal story w/ us so we can all remember why we walk 50 miles and why we raise so much money. I may be one of the "healthy" ones w/ MS which I am so thankful for but that could change at any moment. There are so many others out there who don't have it as good as me and I want to help them. Nobody should be faced w/ considering suicide b/c of MS!
We then had the candle ceremony that they do every year. I didn't take any pictures this year b/c every year I feel like I take the same pic of us holding our candles. So look at last year's post here if you want to see pics!
Day 2 was a good day. It was beautiful weather for walking and we so appreciated that. We hit the hay pretty early again since we were exhausted from being up at 5 AM!
Day 3 to come next. . .