Day 163

I saw my daughter Marna for a minute before I left this morning. Later this afternoon we’re all going out for pizza and salad to celebrate Father’s Day, and I’m looking forward to that. I am also looking forward to my tour of the Naval Academy tomorrow. I’ll be having lunch with Gordon Peterson, an […]

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Day 164

Although it was a humid day today, and hot (in the high 90°s), I didn’t mind. I wasn’t walking. In fact, I spent most of the day in air conditioned comfort. First, Marna and I walked to the Silver Spring Metro Station and talked until I got off at Union Station. (She continued to a […]

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Day 165

After breakfast this morning, I wrapped up the outer three toes of my right foot with blue Leukotape K, put on two pairs of socks and my slides, grabbed my backpack, and out the door I went. No rain today (good), but it was mostly cloudy (very good), and for long stretches at a time […]

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Day 166

Each morning I head out on my journey hoping for no drama. I should know better. The drama finds me. The Choptank River is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and the largest river on the Delmarva Peninsula, running for 71 miles. In 1985 the Markus Bridge over the Choptank replaced the Harrington Bridge. […]

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Day 167

  Hot and humid describes the walk to Vienna, Maryland. But otherwise, it was uneventful (e.g., no flashing lights). My clothes, backpack, and I are all drenched with sweat. The Tavern House Bed and Breakfast is a charming house on River Road in the colonial town of Vienna. Located on the Nanticoke River, the town […]

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Day 168

Rain. Wind. Gray skies. I’ve seen worse of each, but I am near the end. This morning’s meal was epic. I counted eight varieties of fresh fruit, and five different vegetables accompanied my eggs and English muffins. I complimented Elise on the striking color contrasts in the food presentation, but she waved it off, alluding […]

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Day 169

My attempt to attend Shabbat services at a local congregation this morning fizzled when I discovered too late that their online schedule was inaccurate. So instead I walked five miles through “Old Salisbury” and beyond, had an early lunch, and checked into the motel where I’ll be spending my final night in Maryland. Tomorrow morning I’m […]

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Day 170

As promised, Roger picked me up at 7:30 am, and we headed off to IHOP for Swedish pancakes. Then we drove to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I walked the last few miles into the iconic beach town and down to the boardwalk, where I took off my shoes and socks, waded in, and… Poof!  My journey […]

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Day 170 + 1

All day I thought about the strange emptiness I’m feeling. Some possible reasons: I no longer have to wonder where I’ll be sleeping tonight. (In a motel? A pasture? Behind a mound of asphalt? In someone’s backyard?) I don’t have to worry about drinking water, and certainly don’t have to carry a gallon in my […]

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Day 170 + 2

Life is indeed different in First Class. Roger and I ate an early breakfast and we were out of the house at 7 am. He and his family own real estate developments and properties in New Jersey, and we visited them on the way to Newark airport, all the while trading stories. There’s something special […]

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