The first drive-in chosen for help to make the conversion to digital is Sidney Auto-Vue.
Sidney Auto-Vue is a single screen, family owned drive-in theatre located in Sidney, Ohio, which has been in continual operation each summer since 1956.
Without financial assistance to make the transition to digital technology, this drive-in will eventually go dark.
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Yesterday during my hike to Ridgeland, even after having had four days of rest, it became apparent to me that it would not get any better without a prolonged rest in combination with immobilization. Hiking twenty miles each day for the next 4-5 weeks would have been a daily torture which could have had a long term health impact on my right ankle. My left ankle feels fine. The mostly uneven, sloped highway shoulders did not do anything to help my condition as the ankle got steadily worse each day.
It is with great sadness and disappointment that I inform everyone I have discontinued the 1,000 mile walk from Florida to New Jersey. I really wish I could continue on, and probably would if I was closer to the finish line, but realistically there is still another 700 miles of walking left that I simply cannot endure on a sprained ankle.
Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me throughout this journey. The donations made thus far will all go toward helping the Sidney Auto-Vue with their digital conversion this spring. If you are still interested in donating to help save the Auto-Vue, please visit my GoFundMe page.
For anyone counting the miles, I've hiked over 250 miles so far, from Kissimmee, Florida, to Midway, Georgia. There's still a long way left to go! Physically, I'm holding up well. My feet are sore at the end of each day, and I have a mild sprain in my right ankle, but otherwise I'm feeling great. Mentally, the initial excitement from the first few days has worn off, and I go through each mile with wonderment combined with grim determination, listening to podcasts and music while thinking within my head and grinding out the miles.
So far I've visited two great drive-ins along my route, in Ocala, Florida, and Jesup, Georgia. In a few more days I'll be visiting the Hwy 21 in Bufort, South Carolina. Seeing these wonderful drive-ins and meeting their owners is a great thrill which helps keep me motivated, as well as reading all the encouraging comments from people following my journey through Facebook and Twitter.
Watching the donations come through each day on the crowd funding page also helps keep my spirits high, as the purpose of this 1,034 mile walk is to raise enough funds to rescue a drive-in from closing. Just like the walking, I've come a long way, but there's still a long way left to go. Thank you for all your contributions, and for following along with me on this journey!