So I am painfully behind schedule on compiling the footage. Day 1, for now, is 10 minutes of stories and scenery. Currently working on Day 2 over some bottomless coffee. I turned payments back on due to more people wanting to contribute to the USO through my event. Thanks as always everyone!
Happy monday afternoon, everyone. I am posted at the Oswego Starbucks with my various gadgets in order to compile video and send out emails to you generous givers. I am leaving the site open until friday for donations. Completion date for movie: May 15th. Completion of songs: June 1st.
Mission Complete: arrived at 1800 as planned with EIU ROTC as battle buddies for the last two miles. Talking with those young men and women was such a treat. This fundraiser has been a long time coming; it's hard to believe it is in the past. Thank you all for making it a journey worth taking. I spoke with the President of the USO of Illinois earlier today and shouldn't couldn't say enough about our efforts. I will be writing everyone emails during the next week for reward considerations and general thanks. But for now, I'm going to enjoy old friends in my old stomping grounds. Have a great weekend!
Received a roadside donation which will appear in my donation upon completion of the walk. On track to be in at 6pm.
Final Day: started walking at 7am in hopes of hitting the 6pm arrival time to Eastern Illinois University. Called in to WYXY 99.1fm so thanks to Jerry for having me on. Thank you all for crushing my goal four-times over; you have made impossible for me to quit. See you in Charleston!
I want to thank the American Legion Post 27 in advance for their donation and to Pat for dinner
Day 6 complete: this short day was made shorter through thanks to a nice lady feeling "pulled" to stop and give me a ride just outside of Tuscola. She recognizes me from her neighbor's Facebook post just before she drops me off. It's a small world full small acts of kindness. Thank you to the men and women of the Naperville Police for the support; my Dad has been slowing down traffic for me, I'm sure of it. Tomorrow is the last day of the trek. EIU Old Main at 6pm!
Day 6: Starting at a Hilton has its perks: hot breakfast full of fruits, eggs and waffles. Called into Hitmix 88.9fm of EIU and enjoyed an interview by Michael Kiser of NewsTalk 1400. All of this is from you spreading the word so thank you! Short 23 miles to Tuscola. I apologize for not writing back to all you generous people yet; you will hear from me soon after the walk is finished :-)
Day 5 complete: arrived on the south end of champaign at 8:45pm. Officially the longest day at over 30 miles of walking. After a soggy start things became sunny an dry by 2pm. Stopped to change socks at Mahomet's BP station where the attendant brought me a free water. Enjoyed my first dose of company this trip by having dinner with my cousin Ann and her roommate, Valeria. Thank you, ladies. And thank you all for donating and spreading the word (wow!) also, do not be afraid of any rewards you do not want; donate whatever you want and let me know if you would like the rewards or not. Tuscola tomorrow!
Day 5: left Gibson City Inn a little after 9am. It has certainly been the coldest, soggiest day so far, but a quick check on Facebook boosted my spirits. Thanks everyone! 30 miles today to Champaign!
Day 4 complete: made it to the Gibson City Inn at 5:15pm thanks to the early start and rain to keep me going; I wrapped my pack in a poncho at Sibily and didn't stop! My GoPro camera ran out of juice before Gibson so no shots of the industrial parks. Thanks again to Janice of EIU public relations, Denise and Steve of Beacon News and the continued donations. Jay: the world has been waiting for a mandolin cover of "sabotage" by Beastie Boys.
Day 4: Sorry for another delay, but I started at 8:45 today (earliest day yet!) I was able to enjoy the morning with Steve of the Beacon News with some photography and video. Taking my first break in Strawn. Too early to stop in the bar I'm afraid, but Sibily is just down the street! 20 miles today.
Day 3 complete: sorry for the delay everybody. I arrived at Forrest around 7:30pm, found a wonderful motel ($20!), gas station pizza and caught the end of dirty dancing ("nobody puts baby in the corner"). Made some phone calls today and got burnt to a crisp. Photos tomorrow morning for Beacon News. Thank you all. Gibson City tomorrow!
Day 3: starting with a spring in my step. Several generous supporters have brought total donations to over $1,000! Thank you all so much! Also, started the day with a phone call from Denise Crosby of the Beacon News. 25 miles to Forrest!
Day 2 complete: short day today; have plenty of time to gorge on something besides trail mix and give the joints some therapy. Muscles and feet feel great! Forrest, IL is tomorrow! Thank you to Julie Hinds for the generous donation today. Rewards will begin tomorrow.
Day 2: enjoying a late start because it is a short day. 18 miles to Dwight!
Day 1 complete: made acquaintence with two farmers in Yorkville, crushed a personal pizza and 16 oz of ice cream at Morris' Walmart and currently in a motel due to flooding at the camp site. To Dwight tomorrow!
The walk has begun!!! 26 miles today
Training day complete: 900 step ups w/ 50# backpack in under 45 minutes. 20 mile backpack tomorrow with my friend Harry Quinn. Thank you for the support, everyone.
Oh my gosh! Friends and family have helped me meet my goal TWO WEEKS before I step off. As stated, I will be contributing $500 to the fundraiser. Thank you.
Today's Training: 800 step ups w/ 50 lbs. pack
I have turned on the ability to submit donations. I do apologize for the oversight earlier.
Just added some rewards for donating so take a gander. Thank you!
Hello. I am Brian Andries and I want to thank you for visiting my page promoting this fundraiser. I will be walking 165 miles in 7 days (20-26 April) to support an organization which has supported me and my Soldiers: The USO.
I am a Captain in the Army and will be transitioning from active duty to reserves in April. I have had the privilege of serving America as a Platoon Leader of two platoons and as a staff Officer. I served a year in Iraq in support of Operation: New Dawn. During my year overseas the USO and its volunteers provided Soldiers with tastes of comfort through the organization of special events, distribution of care packages and manning of USO clubs in airports across America. I want to give back to this organization which does so much for the men and women in our military.
I will be walking from my hometown to my alma mater, Eastern Illinois University. The total distance will be 165 miles. I will share updates through text, photos and videos while on the move.
Help me by donating or sharing this page with loved ones. Whatever you donate I will match up to $500. Besides the fraction of your donation which goes to the website hosting my page, all of your money will help accomplish the USO of Illinois's mission:
...to deliver comfort and enhance the morale and well-being of the Active Duty, Guard and Reserve men and women of U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a variety of social recreational, educational and entertainment programs and support services.