Well, I didn’t walk, but I’m pretty sure that a 26 mile school bus ride (up hill both ways and wishing for snow instead of cotton defoliant) counts. Good ol’ days of desegregation (is that still an acceptable word?) dictated we cross the county for a better education in a more balanced society. I went to a little country school (45 seniors in my graduation class at a 1-12 grade school) but still went on to get my engineering degree at my own expense and effort. I know he was proud of me for that because he got to see me do that rather than joining the military for the normal and easy way out for rural youth in the mid-70s. His sister in law, my great aunt, changed my life in one weekend. I still think she had dirt on someone on Admissions at the University of Alabama.You did a really great job!
BUT I am sure you will never be as good as your grandfather was...remember, he walked a long way to school every day as a kid, and it was UP HILL both ways!