Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Walking

Journal Entry 1/18/2010: Weight = 173.4; Coinage = $1.84, 64 pennies, 4 nickels, 5 dimes, 2 quarters; Glass bottles = 8; Ground scores = 2.

Journal Entry 1/19/2010: Weight = 172.4 lbs. Rest day, no walk.

Journal Entry 1/20/2010: Weight = 172.4; Coinage = $1.33, 43 pennies (one wheat), 3 nickels, 3 quarters; Glass bottles = 3; Ground Scores = 2; Super Find (a new journal entry label) = 2 quarters, 2 nickels, 3 pennies in one glorious curb scatter found in the last minute of a 90 minute walk. A super find is defined as a significant find of coinage in a site other than a fast food drive through or in a car wash vacuum canister.

Feature Entry: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Walking

One of the things that distinguished Martin Luther King, Jr. was his “freedom marches” (walks) to draw attention to the cause of achieving a higher level of equality for African Americans. In New York City, a great walking city, one of their culturally societies is the NYC Discovery Walking Tours. This past week end they featured a walk titled the Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking Tour of Harlem to mark the birth of Dr. King (January 18). The tour of Harlem included stops at the Apollo Theatre, Lenox Lounge where Billie Holiday performed and the site of the NYC assassination attempt.

To learn more about the NYC Discovery Walking Tours check their web site:

As the MoneyWalker has matured into what Spirduso calls a “young” senior, he has learned to appreciate the contribution of Dr. King more and more each year.



  1. Boston has a fabulous walking tour. In 1991 while Mr. Numi was attending conference meeting I spent three glorious September days walking through falling leaves and learning more about history than I ever thought possible.

    San Francisco is also a wonderful place to walk. Very compact and scenic. Is there a tour available in New Orleans?

    (The weight numbers are looking pretty good!)

  2. New Orleans is a great walking city in terms of history and culture. As a university professor in the health and fitness business, I once sponsored for convention attendees the French Quarter Fitness Walk. We started at 7 a.m. and walked briskly through the French Quarter, along the Mississippi River, down to the Farmers Market and New Orlean's historic mint, then we returned using other streets to the Convention Center. I have thought about resurrecting these walks and maybe I will. Other great walks include the historic Garden District and the above ground cemetaries. Plan a trip to New Orleans and we will walk some of these treasures.