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 153

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 138

Reading Time: < 1 minute It was hardly a dramatic event entering Ohio today, but I was happy to finally arrive in Cincinnati, where my son Adam lives with his wife, Kelly, and son, Maxwell. The highway leaving the motel was so scary walking-wise, that the motel night manager dropped me off seven miles down the road at Skyline Chili […]

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Day 137

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last night before the rainstorm began, Lu drove into the driveway and I went out to greet her. I asked how her two doctor visits went and she gave me some details. Then she warned me about the challenges I’d be facing this morning—weather, road construction, detours, and poor walking conditions on the highway. She […]

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Day 136

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’m tenting tonight—on the back deck of the home of Lu, whom I met yesterday on the road to Seymour, and her husband Phil. They live in a lovely home in North Vernon, Indiana, with their schnauzer, Jazzie. When I spoke with Lu yesterday and discovered they lived close to my next destination, I asked […]

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Day 135

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today should have been an easier day than it was. As I was packing up at 6:30 am this morning in Larry’s backyard, he came out to say goodbye and offered me coffee. I declined the coffee, thanked him profusely for his hospitality, and got on the road. My tent, wet from dew and condensation, […]

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Day 134

Reading Time: 2 minutes At 2:30 am I was awakened by loud voices coming through the adjoining door to the next room at the motel. It’s at times like these I miss sleeping in my tent. To avoid confrontation with the idiots next door, I put on my pants, walked to the front desk, and once again changed rooms […]

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Day 133

Reading Time: 2 minutes This was a day filled with a few surprises, mostly pleasant ones. Knowing I had a long day ahead of me, I was packed up and out of the campsite at 6:30 am. Rain was expected so I kept my rain jacket strapped to the top of my kart. The first 10 miles was up […]

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Day 132

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 the campsite […]

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