"The Blog Almost Too Boring To Be The Most Boring Blog in America"

until it got too many red cards from Benjamin 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!

Friday, January 2, 2015


Mile 7.  Tortoise had a haircut appointment after work, so to change things up, he parked the car around the corner from that, an hour before, and headed out on a 3.52 mile walk up the hill and back.  For more on this walk and today's walking thought by Dallin Oaks, please click below to continue reading ...


Thursday, January 1, 2015


Mile 3 as the new year begins and with it, the attempt to repeat walking an average of an hour a day on at least 95% of the 313 days other than Sunday in the year. (Believe me, Tortoise's sixty-one year old bones are ready for a rest each Sunday after six days of walking an hour)  Any day I don't walk at least two miles counts as a missed day.  There were only 15 missed days in 2014, that will be a tough standard to meet or improve on this year!

No Pat Riley guarantees from the Tortoise, just an honest consistent daily effort that should take me at least an extra mile over last year's goal ... that would be 1,002 miles.

For you post-millenials reading this, I offer this little piece of history "rap" on Mr. Riley ...

Understand that when Pat made his guarantee, either the Lakers, or Celtics, or both, had made it to every NBA championship series of the 1980s, but no team had won two championships in a row for 18 years!  People were seriously arguing at that time that it was no longer possible to do so, yet, here was Pat guaranteeing it.

I'm hoping to not only build health and vitality in this effort, but to have so much fun doing it, that many of you will set and achieve your own tortoise goals and share your accomplishments with us here on Lou's blog.  What a great tribute that would be to the noble Iron Horse!

For more on today's walk along with the day's energetic walking thought by Ruth Wright, please click below to continue reading!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Tortoise ended 2014 at Mile 1,021.  It was cold again today, but Lou bundled up and got it done.  For today's numbers and walking thought by David Haight, please click below to continue reading ...


Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Mile 1,018.  Tortoise was fortunate to get today's walk done.  Weather conditions all over the state were cold, quite windy, and in many places snowy ... with snow threatening here.  Lou likes to walk.  Every day.  He likes being safe even more.  Business took him to St. George late in the afternoon.  It was in the 20s and damp with low cloud cover.  Pictures of this section of the Virgin River Trail just northeast of the Crosby Confluence Park have been posted here before, the difference today is the mountains at the horizon aren't visible because of the low clouds. 

The big positive is that the winds that had steadily battered the office all day in Hurricane were not blowing in St. George at that moment.  Tortoise can deal with cold and damp, just bundle up and go.  High winds are another matter.  So with that blessing, Tortoise was off and walking!  

For additional pictures, today's walking thought by Russell Nelson, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Monday, December 29, 2014


Mile 1,016. Tortoise is home from Florida, and back to the cold. It made for a pretty picture along the Mill Creek trail, a section of the Virgin River Trail straddling St. George and Washington. For more pictures, today's walking thought by David Burton, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Saturday, December 27, 2014


Mile 1,012.  A walk around the loop near Sarah and Darin's home to see the Christmas lights, with Sarah, Becca, Benjamin, Abigail and Chloe!  For pictures, today's walking thought by Merrill Bateman, and more, please click below to continue reading ...


Friday, December 26, 2014


Mile 1,009.  Tortoise got another walk with Darin, Chloe, and Abigail, and Nathan this afternoon.  This one was in the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, Florida.  For pictures, today's walking thought by Howard Hunter, and more, please click below to continue reading ...