Day 157

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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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Day 150

Reading Time: 2 minutes For many hundreds of miles I had highway sounds on one side of me and freight train sounds on the other. I miss the trains. Fortunately, I also have the songs of many birds that filter through the vehicle noise, and often I concentrate on those. At noon I stopped for lunch at a “Sub […]

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Day 149

Reading Time: < 1 minute I awoke at midnight to find the sky filled with stars and many fireflies. It was a magnificent scene, and a reminder of how beautiful the universe can be. After watching the flickering of the fireflies (and a few satellites passing by) through the screen in my bivy,  I eventually fell back to sleep. Sadly, […]

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Day 148

Reading Time: < 1 minute I was up early, wrapped my blisters in Leukotape K, packed my stuff into my backpack, and headed out the door. After picking up two egg McMuffins (hold the bacon) at McDonald’s, I walked onto the “wrong way” on-ramp to Hwy 50 East. The shoulder in this section of West Virginia is wide. There are two […]

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