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The Kasitz family could not have been more generous, helpful, and hospitable. Marcus stayed with me through breakfast and locked up after I left (I’d be seeing him later in the day).

It was an easy walk on a beautiful day toward Stilwell, Kansas. Along the way two Miami County Deputy Sheriffs, Colin and Andrew, stopped their car to ask if I was okay. I told them I appreciate the caring attention I’ve received from law enforcement throughout my journey.

Later, Sue, who’s worked for many years at the local high school and community college (and seems to know everyone) stopped and asked if I was okay or needed anything. She’s really sweet, and we had a nice chat.

After 6 hours of walking, I arrive at the Stilwell Animal Hospital & Equine Center, Leanne Landau Kasitz, DVM’s clinic. It’s an impressive brick building inside and out. (It’s where I’d take our cat, Graciela if we lived in the area!)

Leanne was out, but Marcus was holding down the fort. He’d generously picked up a new Anker PowerPort USB Charging Hub for me, which will solve some technical problems. He was right—it’s a nice unit.

A few miles later I arrived at Deb’s house.

I met Deb through the WarmShowers cycling app. She is a project manager in the talent management group at Sprint, and her husband John is a product engineer at Honeywell. They have two sons, one a computer science and engineering graduate, the other an engineering student.

Deb and John fixed a wonderful dinner of salmon, a lentil and rice dish, corn, avocado, and salad. (Fish two nights in a row!)

Because of the rain expected tomorrow and the lack of safe shoulders on the busy roads leading up to Hwy 150, John suggested he give me a lift to a spot near his office where it will be safer to walk and push my kart. The day starts early tomorrow morning.

17 miles today.

@ Stilwell, Kansas

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