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Day 1: Walking Companion through Lynwood! :-)

Stopped for quick lunch at a Taco Bell. Got a Gatorade at the gas station- really need to replace electrolytes! Working up a sweat!!! Nice breeze in Huntington Park!


1:47 pm
Reached Long Beach Blvd which takes me all the way down into Long Beach. Still many hours to go but I’m feeling good and will get there this evening- delightful breeze here!


Companionship on the Trek!

2:23pm
“I was just joined by Pam Simmons, a colleague from work, who is joining me for the walk through Lynwood. Thanks Pam! You are a star!”


Thanks for the support, Pam!!!

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Day 1: One-third of the day’s journey walked!

11:49 am Reached the 10 mile point.

“As recommended by my friends at Long Distance Walkers Association, I have elevated my legs for a bit, put on a pair of fresh socks and a change of shoes!”

Drank some Pedialyte to get some extra electrolytes to counter the loss through sweating. Feeling refreshed and ready to get “on the road again”!


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Day 1: Echo Lake to Little Tokyo – Quick stop at 7.5 miles

8:33 am At the 6 mile mark- Echo Lake. Feeling good! Just quick wee, refuel and I will be off again! The RV was a brilliant idea!!!!

“I think I said “Silver Lake” — I meant of course, “Echo Lake”!
Power snacks to refuel
Feet are feeling good — just want to keep it that way!

“Just a reminder, dear friends and followers, the walk is underway but the fundraising has not stopped- PLEASE- continue to donate! Again – even a $10 coffee- equivalent! Let’s ALL keep going!” – Dr. Monica

Dr. Monica would like nothing more than to help
ALL the animals world-wide! So she has officially registered docwalks4animals as a 501c3 non-profit public charity whose mission is to support wildlife and environmental conservation projects.

“If you routinely give something to charity each year, I hope you will consider adding docwalks4animals.org to your list of supported charities. We are brand new, but I put together what I consider a very talented and dynamic board of directors, who bring diverse talents to our organization and, with your help, I am confident we can do great things for our planet.”
–Dr. Monica Metzdorf

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“Just turned onto 2nd Street, the haze is starting to burn off. It’s getting warmer so I put my hat on!”

9:42am
Very quick stop in Little Tokyo and on the road again!!

Here is page one of today’s route.

At 10:00 am Dr. Monica is at Alameda Street… 8.3 miles into her walk. It’s going VERY WELL!

Day 1: Walked 3 Miles in 50 Minutes

6:55 am -Stopped for first break

Bill and my chocolate Labrador “Reggie” (in the front seat) meeting me for breaks.

Wearing masks is great against breathing traffic pollution too!


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Day 1: The Urban Walking Marathon Begins!



Please note that DONATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME!! Even just a few bucks could feed, well, a few “bucks” = male animals of various species…

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5:55 a.m: . Los Angeles Zoo

Information sign on the back of the RV

Starting point: L.A. Zoo. We’ve attached a sign about the trek onto the back of the
Cruise America RV.

Thanks so much to
Karen Aasen-Rodriguez for coming to see me off and wish me luck! That was so very thoughtful of you!!

And there she goes!!!

This a map of where Dr. Monica is going today. That’s long way to walk!!
All set!
“I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect morning to start!” 6:21 am

Speechless, astounded, deeply touched!

Yesterday’s outpouring of generosity has just been overwhelming! We have collected over $7,000.00 in just 5 short days!

One contributor has donated $2,000.00 in the name of docwalks4animals.com
For this, we would like to present Brian S. with his own animal award – a golden lion!

Thank you Brian!


Thank you all! Let’s keep it going!

(The seahorse is hungry too!)

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Day 1: Sincerest thanks to the first 34 donors!!

By the end of the day on May 6th, we have reached the incredible sum of $4,470!!
This amount came from just 34 donors. I want to express my most heartfelt thanks to those extremely generous friends and family members for believing in me and helping to get this fundraising project off to a roaring start!

This is not a sprint, however- it’s not exactly a marathon run either – it’s more like five urban walking marathons!!
I would, therefore, still like to encourage more people to donate even very small amounts -every $10 can add up to feeding a lot of animals and fish!!  

We’re more than halfway to my original goal of $7’500.  If more people donate just one day’s coffee money and we can help so much more! Click the link below to donate a coffee!

Every cent counts! Please consider donating the price of a cup of coffee!

We would be so grateful if you could donate even just the cost of a cup of coffee!

My twin sister, Andrea – film fanatic – quoted Roy Scheider in β€œJaws” saying β€œWe’re gonna to need a bigger giraffe!” That’s not a problem… we can make more hungry animal goal trackers!


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Training walk from L.A. Zoo to work

This is a test walk for first stretch of my trek: It’s about 2 miles from zoo to Los Feliz Blvd. according to Fitbit.

Beautiful through Griffith Park Now on to work! (According to google maps the whole walk today was 4.7 miles!)


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Training with Ara

I’ve been working out with Ara as my coach for about a year now. He is amazing! A year ago, I never would have considered taking on something like this, but a year ago, I couldn’t deadlift a 100 lb kettlebell either! Thanks, Ara! Check out his site- thestrongdna.com


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