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Marathon Day (in a literal sense)

Riding past the new 9/11 memorial in Liberty State Park


I'm fond of the saying that life raising a child like Charlie is not a sprint but a marathon.

Then on Saturday, Charlie did 28 miles in 3 bike rides with Jim and 3 walk-runs with me.

He also proved his mettle when, just after we got to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, we discovered something askew in the mechanism of Jim's bike (it's really the bike Charlie got for his birthday, but he prefers Jim riding it). Charlie had been all set to ride off past the Statue of Liberty and got off his bike and stood and watched while his parents fiddled with a wrench and the bike chain. We were able to fix the bike enough so Jim could ride it and they did a fine 8 miles.

Afterwards came the walks, including a 5-miler which takes us through the less scenic areas of New Jersey.

Walking somewhere in New Jersey

It's the family marathon. -- definitely best when the family team takes part. Walking under trees is preferable


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