Caleb Straker is in the evening of his life; yet, still going strong. So strong, that this elderly man has set himself a couple of goals. One of them is to reach a century and receive a visit from the Governor General, but he has 28 more years to go before that. The other is to walk the length and breadth of Barbados’ 166 square miles –– and this he plans to do very soon.
When one asks the pensioner if he is really serious about doing this, he is quick to reply in the affirmative. In an interview with Barbados TODAY at his Christ Church home, Straker said he was so determined, that preparations for the trek had already begun.
In his younger years he was never an athlete –– far from, he said. Actually, the only time he really ran or walked briskly was to a neighbourhood shop and back. It was only on his return to Barbados in 2002, after living in England for 38 years, that the “spirit” of walking spoke to him. The father of three sons said that having come back to the island he would go to Miami Beach [Enterprise in Christ Church] to chill out, and saw folks there exercising.
”So I started doing it too, because I liked walking. I would only do a little running. Some of the folks, they were going from Miami to Silver Sands and I joined them, and I found that the [longer] I walked, the more I wanted to . . . . I did that for about three months. Then I stopped for a while.
“I started running up and down the house just for an hour a day to keep fit. One day I went to Martin’s Bay [in St John] to just watch the scenery and relax, and all the thoughts that I of would love to either run around Barbados or something would be coming to me,” he said. “On November 6, this year, while again in Martin’s Bay the thoughts returned.” (Read the full feature on page 14 and 15 of our e-paper)