The power

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I'd like to share something with you all. There were a couple of times out there yesterday when I doubted that I would be able to make it to 100. The first came at the 63rd hole. At the time I had played pretty much nonstop without eating anything more than a power bar and bananas. It was getting up in the 90's and I was feeling some pain in my left knee. Then here comes Chef delivering me an all fruit smoothie. Very timely! All of a sudden I felt like a hundred dollars. I then took a cold shower, changed clothes and shoes and pressed on.

Later, around the 77 mark, I again felt pretty worn down. Again, Chef delivered a smoothie, which helped a little, but I hadn't gone to the bathroom in over 9 holes, definitely not a good sign as I had been going every other hole from the get go. The heat was winning, no matter how much I drank. So I prayed. Come Holy Spirit. I prayed and I prayed and I prayed. By the time we reached 90 or 91 I was going to the bathroom again regularly and the temperature (thank heavens) was dropping significantly. A beautiful night.

I can say with confidence that this hike was the most physically difficult thing I've done in my life. I slept most all day today and am still icing my knee. But, I guess it's a good pain in many ways. We raised about $3300 for my kids' school. I made some new friends along the way. I learned a lot more about the Nicklaus course and why I love it so much. Last but certainly not least, I was reminded of the power of prayer and that someone is listening.

The picture was taken on my 100th hole. No need for a caption.

Congrats to everyone who took on the task and won. I admire each and every one of you.



Great job, Eric. I've heard DR is a tougher walk, and that was from people that only walked it once a day! Well done.

Congrats on pressing on and being open about your faith. As a fellow believer i respect your faith a ton.

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Thanks guys. Just getting around to logging in and taking care of business with my HHH. What an experience. I am happy I did it, but the two (still) numb toes and bum left knee has me thinking it was a one and done for this old man. Would love to do a role reversal next year and have pledged to caddie a couple rounds for my caddie, Ryan Mahaffey, should he choose to hike in '13.