Keeping Up With Clayton

Keeping up with Clayton -- Welcome to this blog space...where fans and friends of Clayton Klein may gather to share the adventures of this inspiring nonagenarian. A native of Michigan, Clayton loves to spread the word about the beauty of our state and the health benefits of walking. Follow along. I know you'll come to appreciate his creative spirit and positive outlook about living life to the fullest, no matter what your age

Following the Footprints of Clayton Klein

From Paradise on the shores of Lake Superior (Longfellow's Gitche Gumee)to Hell (MI) and Beyond to Ohio...Fowlerville, Michigan's Clayton Klein celebrated his 90th birthday in 2009 and his 5th annual 420-mile walk for Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Sept. 4-28.

This year 2013, at 94, he's still walking, still trailblazing, and leading by example to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking.

Follow him on his journey... as he continues to leave footprints on the trail and on the hearts of many Michiganders.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Surgeon general's prescription for Americans: Take a walk -

 It will be interesting to see how we, as a nation, "step up" to the issue and create plentiful and safe walking areas. smile emoticon
I wish our friend, Clayton Klein, Michigan's 'Walking Man,' might have seen this decree by the Surgeon General.
He'd have liked that very much. (Clayton died in February of this year, just two days short of his 96th birthday).
He cured an ailing back, and avoided surgery, when he began a regular daily walking program, which he kept up
for some 40 plus years. "Sedentary" was not in his vocabulary smile emoticon. He remains an inspiration to all of us, his fans

Surgeon general's prescription for Americans: Take a walk -

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Remembering 'Ole Clate' 

This photo is from May 2013, when Clayton talked about his memoirs at the Webberville Library.
On February 26, 2015 Livingston County residents paid him the final tribute at 11 am memorial services at the Fowlerville United Methodist Church.

Clayton Klein, the legendary Walking Man, dies at 96 | The Livingston Post

Clayton Klein, the legendary Walking Man, dies at 96 | The Livingston Post

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Time to Celebrate! Come Walk With Me at Hudson Mills Metro Park on June 15

Hudson Mills has paved trails like this one at Fowlerville Community Park - photo taken of Clayton Klein in May 2013 as we walked and talked about the gathering of walkers at Hudson Mills Metro Park on June 15. Bring your cameras!

*You’re invited to kick off summer with Michigan’s Walking Man: 10:30am – 2pm Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Hudson Mills Metro Park south of Pinckney and just around the corner from Hell.
You know that guy who walked to Hell from Paradise? And, beyond Hell to Ohio? And he walked that 420 miles for the benefit of Michigan’s Hospice program? Five times?
Yes, our own Walking Man, Clayton Klein. And, yes, the last walk was four years ago – September 2009 – the year Clayton became a nonagenarian!  Since then, he’s written his memoirs: My First 90 Years. Perhaps you walked with “Ole Clate” or perhaps you cheered him on and supported the cause. Maybe you’ve been enjoying reading all the escapades and adventures in his book… including his travels on the big walk. Well, Hell is beautiful this time of year. And, we think that a celebration is in order.
So, we’re inviting you to spend a little while catching up with Ole Clate at Hudson Mills Metropark, a wonderful place in Hell’s neighborhood.  The park is located on Territorial Road West of US 23 and south of Pinckney. Please note: There’s a $5 per vehicle fee for day use.  Turn right at the booth to River Grove parking lot, and we’ll be there.  
*Directions: For your GPS, the address is: 8801 N. Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI. From M-52, take M-36 to Pinckney, then south (at light) on Dexter-Pinckney Rd to Territorial, then, east to the park on the right-hand side. From US-23, go west on Territorial to the park, on left.
We’ll meet at 10:30am allowing time to walk (there are two 4-mile paved trails) or bike. Or bring your kayak for a float down the Huron River that runs through the park.  Or sit and relax awhile,  enjoying  the beautiful scenery with the company of Clayton fans.
Bring picnic supplies:  whatever food and drinks you’d like, chairs, blankets, etc. We’ll provide hot dogs and chips, cake and perhaps some iced tea.  We’ll picnic at 12:30. We’ve set the end-time at 2pm so there’d be time for a stop at Hell’s little ice cream shop on your way back home. (From the park, take Territorial west to Dexter-Pinckney Rd  and back north to Darwin Road, and drive west to Hell.)
We hope, among the many events going on that day, that you can fit part or all into your schedule.  If you enjoy this gathering, perhaps we can plan a future walkabout at another location. It would be fun to keep the Walking Man Club going.
Bring your family and let us know if you’re coming and how many. You can call Clayton at 517-223-8135 or email him  / or email Sue Parcheta at  (phone 517-281-2014). You can also message Susan G Parcheta on Facebook. By all means, be sure you are fans on the Clayton Klein, the Walking Man page at Facebook.  That’s a good place for keeping up with Clayton!
Looking forward to seeing you at Hudson Mills June 15. Metroparks link:
Booksigning note: Clayton will have books there, and will be glad to autograph a copy for you.

My First 90 Years: Michigan’s Walking Man Clayton Klein pens memoirs | The Livingston Post

My First 90 Years: Michigan’s Walking Man Clayton Klein pens memoirs

 “Come walk with me across a century,” Michigan’s Walking Man Clayton Klein might say, as he invites us to celebrate his life and times in his newest book: My First 90 Years.
“Come Walk With Me” — Clayton Klein, the Walking Man inspires Michiganians ~ Walking Man logo art by Laurie McDowell
The author, adventurer, entrepreneur looks back from the grand perspective of a nonagenarian.
Follow this extraordinary time traveler (now 93), as he takes you on an incredible journey from his hometown of Fowlerville in the Middle of the Mitten to Mackinac, from Costa Rica to the Arctic Ocean.
Memoirs of Clayton Klein, Michigan’s ‘Walking Man’
Enjoy tales of exploration of far-flung frontiers, whether canoeing the vast wilderness of the Canada’s Northwest Territories and the Yukon, or piloting his Cessna airplanes over the mountains and jungles of Central America.
Klein is known throughout Michigan for his solo walks each September from 2005 to 2009 on behalf of Michigan’s Hospice programs – trekking 420 miles from Paradise on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day down through the heart of Michigan to Hell in Livingston County and beyond into Ohio. He continues to enjoy each Labor Day Bridge Walk.
A back injury suffered many years ago prompted him, at doctor’s recommendation, to begin walking. His back healed, Klein continued to walk daily, having now logged over 65,000 miles throughout Michigan.  His walks for Hospice inspired countless others to become more active.
At the conclusion of the 2009 Labor Day Bridge Walk, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm presented Klein with a plaque from the State of Michigan honoring him for his contribution to its citizens.
Clayton Klein, The Walking Man, with plaque from State of Michigan in honor of his contributions to Michigan Hospice and to inspiring creative, healthy living at any age.
The book highlights his youthful days growing up as a country boy, and later as a farmer, business man and book publisher – along with much local history of people and events during the  last nine decades. Throughout you’ll glimpse the strength and determination of a man who believed he could accomplish his dreams.
Klein comes from a family of  writers, and is author of several books, including Cold Summer Wind, recounting his Canadian paddling adventures, and  A Well-Kept Secret: From the Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers, about his late wife Marjorie’s friendship with the legendary Hall-of-Fame hero Hank Greenberg.
My First 90 Years is available for pre-publication price of $20. After Oct. 15 it will be $24.95, plus $3.50 for shipping. Checks and money orders may be sent to Clayton Klein, PO Box 968, Fowlerville, MI 48836. For more information, Email You may keep up with  The Walking Man  and his latest tales on Facebook at Clayton Klein the Walking Man.  The book is also available at Amazon

My First 90 Years: Michigan’s Walking Man Clayton Klein pens memoirs | The Livingston Post

My First 90 Years: Michigan’s Walking Man Clayton Klein pens memoirs | The Livingston Post

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy 175th Birthday to Michigan! And a salute to our Walking Man, Clayton Klein!

From Left: Clayton Klein, Marya Parcheta Lipiec, Andy Parcheta
Michigan celebrates 175 years today. I've lived in this beautiful state all my life. I grew up in the Middle of the Mitten  in Gratiot County...and I've grown to love Southeastern Michigan in the years after college. But all the rest of this wonderful Great Lakes State, I love to explore with my  family...and there are miles to go

I gained a huge appreciation for this amazing state during the years I wrote about Clayton Klein, Michigan's own Walking Man, soon to be 93 years old, who continues to walk daily. For five Septembers, 2005 to 2009, he walked the entire length of our state (425 miles) on behalf of Hospice of Michigan. My favorite portion is always the Bridge Walk on Labor Day weekend -- Upper and Lower. 

Yes,"if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." Our state motto is a great affirmation of this magificent place on the planet. Walking the highways and byways, exploring the natural wonders found here, will keep you strong and young at heart. I guarantee it!

And today, here is what our Senator Debbie Stabenow writes about this time for Michigan in 2012: 

Today, we celebrate the 175th birthday of the Great State of Michigan! On January 26, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed the law giving Michigan statehood. And what an incredible 175 years it has been!

As I was watching the State of the Union on Tuesday, I couldn’t get over how many times President Obama mentioned Michigan. At one point, Vice President Biden pointed at me and smiled – the President just couldn’t stop talking about all the good things we’re doing!

Our auto companies are making a remarkable comeback. We’re investing in the future with clean energy manufacturing, advanced battery technology, and new opportunities like bio-based manufacturing. In fact, Michigan now leads the country in new clean energy patents, and last month, we were first in the nation for economic growth.

As Chair of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, I traveled all across Michigan earlier this month to talk about the success of our agriculture sector. One in four jobs already comes from agriculture, and we expect to keep growing those jobs in the next few years.

We’re not out of the woods by any means, but the momentum is certainly with us. So today, as Michigan turns 175 years old, let’s celebrate some of the things that make the Great Lakes State so great!