Day 160

If there existed a trail across the United States that was anything like the path I walked on today, people would be walking this county from coast-to-coast as if it were the Camino de Santiago or the Inca Trail. The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) is an asphalt paved, converted Rails to Trails cycling/hiking path—I’ve […]

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Day 159

After an enjoyable breakfast of a veggie omelette, veggie sausages, biscuits, and fruit, I said goodbye to the Historic Rosemont Manor. Once again I walked on the sidewalk for a couple of miles, and then encountered a narrow shoulder and heavy traffic. Fortunately, the rain (50% chance) never materialized. Wearing my Reef slides with two pairs […]

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Day 158

Before dinner last night, my friend (and fellow cross-country walker) Jeff drove me to a nearby post office where I boxed up my sleeping bag, air mattress, and bivy sack and sent them home. Today, even with a lighter pack, my feet are still sore, and most likely will be for the 200 miles remaining. […]

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Day 157

I got on the road after packing up my wet gear as best I could. Beautiful scenery may be awesome, but wet camping gear is not. During a downpour at the end of the day, the deputy sheriff pulled up and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She asked where I was headed, and I […]

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Day 156

I tried a new footwear strategy today, and had some success. Until it rained. I wore my Reef slides today for about 16 miles. They’re like flip-flops but without the toe separator. When it started to rain I switched back to my waterproof Merrells. This is the only footwear I’m now carrying. Today I listened […]

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Day 155

I must admit I’m losing steam, and I’m limping along at this point. Both literally and figuratively. While I have every intention of finishing, I’ll say again: This is not an easy undertaking. My feet continue to pay the price of walking 15-20 miles per day, and I now have blue Leukotape K on eight of […]

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Day 154

Today I was the kid who had to walk six miles back and forth to school—uphill both ways. Yes, it’s so easy to deceive oneself. While yesterday’s road may have been steep, today it seemed I was climbing uphill more than I was descending. Thus, the 17 miles I walked today was hard-fought, and my […]

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Day 153

I was up early, knowing I had a “mountain” to climb—possibly the last really steep ascent of the journey. But first I had to come down from where I was at. I enjoyed the hairpin curves and walking a few miles down the 9% grade. I stopped for breakfast, but the buckwheat cakes and eggs […]

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Day 152

Highway 50 in West Virginia is mostly a long, winding, hilly, country two-lane blacktop road. Fortunately for me, it’s been a gray, cool, overcast day—perfect for walking. And I have a lot of walking to do. I stopped at a Family Dollar and picked up a bunch of protein bars. Then I went to the […]

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Day 151

As I walked through Clarksburg I was happy I was not pushing my kart. There’s absolutely no shoulder at all. It’s just three lanes of traffic rushing in each direction. The narrow border of grass next to a cement barrier is barely wide enough for me to walk on. That said, I often miss what was […]

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