“We wish we had discovered walking before we retired,” say the Ohls, whose retirement plan is walk their way around the world. They are visiting our city for the second time this month.
So far they have completed IML/IVV walks in Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam as well as in the USA.
Their walking adventures started in 2005 when they attended a walk in Vancouver, Washington [state]. They went to meet the Mayor but also met Australian Max Riley who introduced them to the IML and IVV walk programs. After encountering Max at several subsequent IML walks, they finally decided to visit Australia in 2010. The Ohls appreciate the relative flatness of the Canberra walks.
Back at home, they are members of the Vancouver USA Volkssporters, the All- Weather Walkers and the Columbia River Volkssport Club. All of these groups offer traditional events and seasonal walks throughout the year. The Ohls complete at least two 10-kilometre walks each week as their minimum requirement for IML events is 20 kilometres per day.
They are also in the process of walking in each of the 50 states, a challenge offered by the American Volkssport Association. In their spare time they enjoy reading, cooking, and, of course planning their next walking trip!