posted by admin on July 30, 2010 18:48 as General
Man it is freaking hot in the Midwest. I knew that having lived here before and it is not been disappointing me. I have salt tablets and gatorade mix to help replenish and hydrate. I am drinking at least 150 ounces of water a day, usually around 170 ounces. I drink two camelbacks of water a day plus 1-2 water bottle full. When I am moving in this heat it seems like I am constantly drinking. I got light headed when I stopped yesterday but I sat down down for awhile and just drank. It really is hard to stay hydrated.
This has definitely been one of the hardest things I have ever done. One day or a few days worth can be a challenge but rucking up and doing it day after day is a trial. I still don't wish for the cold at all but well.. cooler would ...>> full
posted by admin on July 28, 2010 12:16 as General
My break is over now and it was good. I am around 1900 miles in and around Cedar Rapids IA. My girlfriend and I stayed in Iowa City and saw everything there was to see, we did it all, not that it took very long to do so. It has a nice little downtown area and we ate a couple of good places and not so good.
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When checking into the hotel I was staying at with my girlfriend I was talking to the motel clerk and she was was mentioning some of the things the hotel had. I noticed the little brochure thing said "no pets" so I asked her totally straight faced if you could have chickens in your room if they were not pets. She said "As long as they are dead." So then I asked "Well how about cats?" She said "You ...>> full
posted by admin on July 16, 2010 21:06 as General
Dogs. I see a fair amount of dogs on trails or in parks and campgrounds. I suppose that is because they need and like to go outside, they are social animals. I can't recall seeing any cats other than a few stray cats along the way, none leashed up with people anyway. That would be be interesting, I know some people do that but it can't be all that many and I haven't seen any.
An ex of mine had two dogs and two cats, the cats were inside cats. One of the cats thought it should be an outside cat. When the dogs would line up at the door to go outside he would pop right up with them to march outside. That one cat did it with amazing frequency like somehow he just knew today would be his day and he would just slide outside with dogs unnoticed. ...>> full
posted by admin on July 14, 2010 23:07 as General
Going through Indiana was for the most part pretty smooth and normal. On the Cardinal Greenways which is a very nice greenbelt stretch was the one place things took a turn for the slightly unusual. The Cardinal Greenways is a privately funded (volunteer) for upkeep/maintenance and they do a nice job with it. If you are in that area (Delware County) you should check it out. Back to the unusual..
I got off the greenbelt in Muncie to get some q-tips, batteries and some food. I go nutso without q-tips.. gotta have em. One thing I try to do on the road is to not look like a vagrant or something like that. It helps to not look like a scary person if you need to ask for directions to something or if you could get some water from them. Twice along the way I asked for directions/info on the ...>> full
posted by admin on July 13, 2010 21:06 as General
First let me say.. Yes I am still here. I just started pushing through and contemplating life, centering my chi. Or some happy horse crap like that. Really just lost myself in the trip, that's about it. I feel good mentally but physically I am beat up.. beat up. Like the old saying "no plan survives first contact with the enemy" I learned early on to take things as they come and roll with it. So I have been rolling with it and not stressing out about what falls apart. I have to catch up on my posts and I will start on that now..
Let's begin with feet. Why you ask? Because I am still fascinated with the abuse I have unleashed upon my feet. Maybe when you have limited contact with the "other" world out there things like your feet take on an entertainment value all there own or ...>> full