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Bob Lonsberry's 50 Mile Walk

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    50 years ago, on a challenge from his brother the president, Bobby Kennedy walked 50 miles in one day. Hoping to set a similar mark ourselves, we set out Sunday from Holley for a walk to Palmyra.
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    With me were my daughter Sophie, her husband Austin and his friend Josh. Austin and Josh are paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne home on leave.
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    The day started well. We charged along the canal with gusto and good cheer.
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    We did not tire of posing for pictures. At first. But as we got past 15 miles and headed toward 20, it did occur to us that 50 miles is a very long way.
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    Met some great people along the way, including this couple, riding their bicycles across the country.
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    Followed the canal to where it crosses Lyell Avenue, then went to city streets. We ended up staying on the road, mostly along Route 31, all the way to Palmyra.
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    Here's dear Sophie in downtown Rochester, with the First Federal Building over her left shoulder. She, Lee, Aubrey and I have rappelled down that building with the local Boy Scout council.
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    Downtown was halfway, and it was starting to kick our butts. Josh kept half the world updated on our trek on his phone.
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    Thankfully, the Park Ave festival was going on and we walked its length. Great people watching and a great break from the walk.
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    Fatigue worsened.
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    Was glad to see Alex Tahou at the festival. He's the master of Nick Tahou's and the Garbage Plate.
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    This, of course, is the Garbage Plate. Josh had his first ever -- loved it -- and we refueled.
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    Alex works with his family.
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    This is the walker's friend. Though a disturbingly unsanitary friend.
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    By the time we got to Brighton, muscle pain and chafe were in full swing. After a provisioning run to a drug store, Austin and Josh show their booty.
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    By Pittsford, we'd had to go to the secret chafe fighter.
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    By Perinton, we were dead men walking. We kept our spirits up, though, and pushed on. There was great pain, but great commitment.
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    Sophie and I as evening came on. We ended up getting into Palmyra after midnight, almost 18 hours after we started. Loved it, but don't recommend it.