Meet another amazing walking friend of mine, Melvin.

On Saturday May 16th, Mel completed his 1000th round trip walk across the Al Zampa bridge in Crockett,California . To celebrate his amazing achievement, about 100 of his friends and admirers, many of whom actually met Mel while walking along the bridge, gathered to take that historic 1,000th walk with him. He is the only person who has walked this span more times than I have .

The bridge itself is just over one mile in each direction. Mel estimates that in total, he’s logged more than 2500 miles in the course of those 1000 walks.

I walked ahead of the group to the vista point on the Vallejo side of the bridge and caught this picture of Mel and some of his entourage still mid-span. Mel doesn’t racewalk, but it would sure be something if he did.

Somehow we managed a nice group shot

Mel and his wife, Mary

Oh….don’t know if you caught this on Mel’s jacket…., but he turned 81 years , 4 month and 13 days old on the date of this 1000th crossing. It was also his wifes 80th birthday , who by the way, does every walk with him.

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4 thoughts on “Mels 1000th

  1. Kerri says:

    Wow! Go Mel!!

  2. Sus says:


    I congratulate your friend-what a lovely , lovely guy and what an amazing achievement.

    I wish him, his wife, and you of course, all the best with every up coming walk. I wonder when you’ll make your milestone 1000th crossing, Steve?


    Sus xx

  3. Stephen says:

    I have a 188 to go. As of today Ive walked it 812 times.

  4. Joey says:

    Hey Stephen, totally unrelated to this post, but I’ve just been told I may have Aspergilis in my lungs, do you have any experience with that? Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated!

    And back on topic, wow, I hope that one day it is your 1000th crossing!

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