Three Trails in Three Days: Day #3 Hillsboro Mile >Deerfield Beach Pier, Deerfield Beach, Florida

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If you’re in to Sunshine, Palm Trees, Beach, Million Dollar Estates, Million Dollar Yacht’s, and Fabulous scenery everywhere, this is the spot to take a stroll. I commingled these two stretches into a 2.5 mile route of fabulosity in South Florida. To be able to walk over the intercostal drawbridge then strolling parallel to the Atlantic ocean via A1A Route 1 is just about the coolest tour that I can think of. The breeze off of the ocean makes for near perfect conditions any time of the day.

Three Trails in Three Days: Day #2 Slab Cabin Run in State College, Pennsylvania

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With impressive views of Beaver Stadium and Mount Nittany, this gem meanders a distance of nearly 10 miles connecting neighboring town of Boalsburg to State College for bikers, runners, and walkers. The blacktop surface is well maintained as well as the surroundings of nature along the way. Especially when the foliage is changing in the fall or when Spring first breaks Central Pennsylvania, you will not be disappointed taking in the fresh air and sights that come with it.

And By the way…GO STATE BEAT MICHIGAN TONIGHT!!!

Three Trails in Three Days: Day #1 Katy Trail in Dallas, Texas

For the past eight years, I’ve taken the theory of daily exercise to a high level.  I walk between 4 to 6 times per week religiously, racking in up 3 to 5 miles and sometimes longer, which works out to be around a two hours duration per jaunt.  When you spend two months between a hospital bed and wheelchair, you begin to appreciate the small things.  In my case, its walking.  I can sniff out a good trail just about anywhere that I go in my travels.  I find walking to be extremely therapeutic with both physical and mental benefits.  It’s easy to get out of an exercise regiment  after a serious injury.  I fell into that very trap going from an avid skier, snowboarder, tennis player, runner, in line skater, and golfer to loosing interest in many of these activities after my surgery.  Getting out and about is a huge part of the recovery process.  It’s the first way that I gained a sense of independence after my stroke.  It all started with short strolls down my driveway to the mailbox each day, then small journeys around my neighborhood and so on.  Now I walk pretty much everywhere in the city.  I don’t have a car here, nor do I need/want one for the most part.  The point is to get out there and see the world!  Don’t allow a disability of any size or shape dictate how you live your life.

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If I’m not at home and you need to find me in Dallas, chances are I’m on the Katy Trail. With awesome views of the city skyline, the Katy is the remains of an old railroad stretch which was given to the city in 1993 by the Union Pacific Railroad.  This “Rails to Trails” concept stretches five miles from the SMU campus, through uptown, dumping out at the American Airlines Center in the heart of the city.