Several months ago, while browsing the Internet for ideas for my list of Things to do in McHenry County, I happened upon the Century Hikers Club on the McHenry County Conservation District site.
I’m not a joiner by nature, but when I saw I’d get my name engraved on a plaque if I walked 1,000 miles, I decided to go for it. It took me until today to get around to signing up. It cost $10 to register. All of the miles have to be walked in MCCD preserves. There are six of these within easy walking distance of my house, and I’ve probably already walked more than 1,000 miles within the boundaries, but I’m only counting from today on. There are four Mile Marker Awards:
- 100 miles — T-shirt
- 250 miles — Patch
- 500 miles — Pin
- 1,000 miles — my name on this plaque
Yep, that’s it. The woman who registered me told me about Canita, a dog that walked all the miles with its owner. She didn’t explain why Canita shows up with two different people — did the dog walk 2,000 miles? She also didn’t explain why it’s called the “Century” club when the goal is to walk 1,000 miles, and I’m not sure why it’s a “society.”
I started immediately. Here’s the view when I’d accomplished my first mile, looking back toward the building where I registered. (The trail wound around a lot.)
I walked 5.9 miles today. I’ll track my progress here.