Today I went on another walk for Pokemon. I was not as productive in terms of XP and new pokemon. I only caught 2 new ones, Nidoran and Exeggcute. But I did do enough to reach level 5 just as I passed 2 gyms.
I fought at the first gym but was expecting turn based strategy and got and action game. I am not really sure how the fighting works yet but I did remove one pokemon from the first gym I passed. The second gym was unoccupied, so I was able to put Exeggcute there an am now the gym leader maybe? Either way my pokemon is showing on top as people go by.
Tomorrow I will have other gyms I can fight at and if the trend continues I will have enough Rattata points to evolve and get a second Raticate.