Notes… Day 134

Day 134. At 2:30 am, I was awakened by loud voices coming through the adjoining door to the next room at the motel. (Since this is a family show, I can’t provide details of the couple’s conversation.) To avoid confrontation, I put on my pants, walked to the front desk, and once again changed rooms […]

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Notes… Day 133

Day 133. This was a day filled with a few surprises, mostly pleasant ones. I was packed up and out of the campsite at 6:30 am, knowing I had a long day ahead of me. Rain was expected so I kept my rain jacket strapped to the top of my cart. The first 10 miles […]

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Notes… Day 132

Day 132. I’d intended to walk 5 miles more than I did today, but at one point I arrived at the entrance to Martin State Forest. A sign informed me that there was a campsite, and as I was mulling it over a young woman drove by. I flagged her down and asked how far […]

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Notes… Day 131

Day 131. Despite ongoing threats of rain, I’m still waiting. When the rains come, I’m sure it will be at the most inconvenient time—for me, anyway. I finally dragged myself across the highway to Walmart last night and stocked up on soup, crackers, protein bars, and trail mix. I also bought a small container of […]

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Notes… Day 130

Day 130. The good news is that the flies are not as bothersome or dense as they’d been the last few days in Illinois. Also, the shoulder along the highway is just wonderful—those little grooves in the photo are spaced in a manner that do not hinder the cart at all. How long will this […]

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Notes… Day 129

Day 129. You may laugh, but I take the condition of road shoulders personally, especially when the designers/builders take a perfectly good shoulder and turn it into a nightmare—for me! Here are photos of the Hwy 50 Illinois shoulder I walked on this morning. It’s the perfect width but someone decided it needed “rumble strips” […]

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Notes… Day 128

Day 128. Flies harassed me during over 5 hours on the road today. I left the motel at 5:40 am and had planned on staying at a BnB in Lawrenceville, IL; but they had no vacancy. I called another place and tried to make a reservation, but they didn’t pick up the phone (they finally […]

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Notes… Day 127

Day 127. I’ve learned the hard way that I’m better off getting a really early start, and that’s what I did today. I was on the road by 5:40 am, and walked 22.7 miles to the Super 8 in Olney, Illinois. It’s certainly a budget hotel and not up to the level of last night’s […]

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Notes… Day 126

Day 126. Early to bed (9 pm last night) and early to rise (5:45 am this morning) leads to an early breakfast (6 am). The breakfast room opens at 6, and that’s when I was there. Often I’ll bring food back to my room, but the Weather Channel was on the TV instead of Fox […]

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Notes… Day 125

Day 125. It’s 28 miles from the Days Inn in Salem to the Best Western in Flora, IL—a long walk. I left Salem at 5:50 am knowing I’d be on the road for a long time, and finally arrived at 6:55 pm—13 hours total (including some short breaks along the way). Although I’d decided that […]

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