Michigan Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours on the University of Michigan campus and the surrounding area.

Highlights of the Michigan leg of the tour:

Unfortunately I can’t say there were too many highlights today.

  • About halfway through the tour I got a phone calls from 2 of my brothers telling me that my third brother’s heart had stopped and he was on a heart machine to keep his heart beating.  He had triple-bypass surgery last week.
  • After those phone calls, I had a bad feeling so I starting trying to reroute my trip in my head while I was walking.
  • About an hour later I got a call telling me my brother passed away.  The funeral is Wednesday (the next day) and I’m about 15 hours away by car.
  • At that point, I finished the last hour of my walk, ate lunch and got a haircut from a local barber shop.  Then I got in the car and starting driving south toward Alabama.
  • I got all the way to Nashville, TN.  I spent over 8 hours in the car and made only 1 stop along the way.
  • I’ve rerouted the remainder of my tour and I will make it to Alabama by 10:00 AM tomorrow morning.  I’ll then walk in Alabama in honor of my brother, before the funeral.
  • I will spend the night with family and friends and then I will head off for Florida.  Basically, I’m going to do the remainder of the tour, but just do it backwards from what was originally planned.
  • The ONE HIGHLIGHT from today is that my brother’s situation has reinvigorated me.  It just reaffirmed to me the validity of my message.  We MUST exercise.  We MUST eat better.  We MUST take care of ourselves.  My brother was only 60 years old.  In this day and age, that is much too young to die.

    As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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    Here are pictures from my walk.


    Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Michigan:

    • Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair.
    • In 2005, Michigan ranked third among US states for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida. Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
    • A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source or more than 87.2 miles (140.3 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline. It is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River.
    • Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often dubbed “the mitten” by residents, owing to its shape. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as “The U.P.”) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km)-wide channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is economically important for tourism and natural resources.
    • Michigan was home to Native American cultures before colonization by Europeans. When the first European explorers arrived, the most populous and influential tribes were Algonquian peoples, specifically, the Ottawa, the Anishnabe (called Chippewa in French, after their language Ojibwe), and the Potawatomi. The Anishnabe, whose numbers are estimated to have been between 25,000 and 35,000, were the most populous.  Although the Anishnabe were well-established in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, they also inhabited northern Ontario, northern Wisconsin, southern Manitoba, and northern and north-central Minnesota. The Ottawa lived primarily south of the Straits of Mackinac in northern and western Michigan, while the Potawatomi were primarily in the southwest. The three nations co-existed peacefully as part of a loose confederation called the Council of Three Fires. Other First Nations people in Michigan, in the south and east, were the Mascouten, the Menominee, the Miami, and the Wyandot, who are better known by their French name, Huron.

    Next stop, Mobile, Alabama – The University of South Alabama.