"The Blog Almost Too Boring To Be The Most Boring Blog in America ... for Over 5 Years!"

until it got too many red cards from Wounded Duck and the Boredom Enforcement Committee ... now the tortoise's goal is to get to 10 red cards so he can get Big Dog to drive down and take a good long walk with the tortoise

P. S. This blog listens to its readers. We have the Benjamin Category Override for 5+ mile walks and now, it humbles Tortoise to say he has been named "Lou", by Doug Jr, in memory of Mr. Consistency himself, Lou Gehrig. Tortoise can hardly type the words to think he is in any way comparable to the noble Iron Horse. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Mile 93.  Another fine walk up the hill in the wind, this time a little quicker, so Tortoise was able to go down the hill as far as the middle school before climbing back up on his return trip.  Lou was accompanied by a  walking thought ...


Monday, February 8, 2016


Mile 90.  Lou is back at work at the Hurricane office, here's a view as he started his evening walk up the hill.  It was quite windy, which made for sparkling skies!  Today's walking thought is by Tom Perry ...


Saturday, February 6, 2016


Mile 87.  Tortoise's last appointment of the day before returning home was in Rialto.  This town added another 1.25 miles to the Pacific Electric Trail in 2015, from its western border with Fontana, on Maple Avenue, east to Cactus Avenue.  Lou previously walked this trail in both directions in segments from the Los Angeles county line in Claremont east through Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Fontana.  This was a great opportunity to walk the new section and once again be able to say he had walked the whole trail, now 21 miles long.

The mountain in the distance is San Gorgonio, known to locals as Old Greyback, highest in southern California at 11,500 feet.  There's more pictures of it and the PE trail, along with the day's walking thought by Russell Ballard ...


Friday, February 5, 2016


Mile 85.  Tortoise returned to the North Etiwanda Preserve this clear, warm, windy morning before beginning his appointments.  Almost a year ago to the day, Lou discovered this fine place.  The wind blew away most of the smog in the valley, so Lou was treated to especially nice views.  The snow dusted mountain at the top of the picture is Cucamonga Peak, which is a little over 8,800 feet and a couple peaks over from Mt. Baldy, where, sadly, a hiker fell to his death a few days ago on the Devil's Backbone portion of that trail.  One can't be too careful when treading one icy, slippery ground.  Thankfully, today's path, though nearby, is more than 6,000 feet lower and dry.  Just in case you, dear reader, was worried about our friend Lou venturing nearby.

There's the day's walking thought by Jeffrey Holland and some more pictures waiting for you when you click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, February 4, 2016


Mile 82.  Tortoise worked in the morning in Hurricane, midday in St. George, and then traveled to California for the evening.  He will be there through Saturday.  About 6 pm he took a 35 minute walking break, part of which is pictured above.  Walking thought was by Timothy J. Dyches ...


Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Mile 80.  Tortoise enjoyed a nice view from the top of Skyline Drive (200 East) in St. George this evening on his way back down the steep hill.  Tonight's walking thought is by Arnulfo Valenzuela ...


Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Mile 78.  Lou managed to get in his walk while it was still sunny, around 4 pm.  He then returned with new energy to the files waiting for him at his desk.  While the views and the air was sparkling, it was still cold.  43 degrees, but with wind it didn't feel that warm.  Bundled up, Tortoise felt quite toasty, thank you!  Today's walking thought is by Gifford Nielsen ...