Southerland NE, 23 Miles
I have once again doubled up on my walking and put two days into one. I am willing to accept some additional pain and suffering so I can have that extra day off, so today is just tough. It started in North Platte at 2AM when the park that I was staying in had the sprinklers go off. Now these aren’t just any sprinklers, these things could be used to water crops with and when the two that were aimed at my tent went off, I didn’t stand a chance. I dealt with it until 3:15 with water pooling up at my feet and every seam was leaking so I escaped to my truck and slept the remaining 2 hours, sitting up. All I want is one… just one, good nights rest.
So then at 7AM I had KNOP, the local TV station come out and do a story on me. Go to: http://www.knopnews2.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5846. I then had to walk in a driving rain storm today and with the temperature only in the low 60s, it was cold, but I haven’t any option, so I keep walking and eventually in a few hours I am dry again. Also, if you go to: http://www.nptelegraph.com/articles/2009/07/29/news/50002539.txt , I was the front page news for the newspaper. Fun stuff.
Also, I had a chance to catch up on the comments section of the blog today, and it was the lift that I needed to get through today. I really appreciate all of the great comments that I receive and like today when everything hurts so bad that you don’t know how to keep going, that little burst of enthusiasm from the comments is all that it took to get me 23 miles down the road. It’s amazing what a little support will do.
Well it’s 10PM and I am beat and I am sleeping next to the trains A G A I N, which means that it will be a sleepless night. I am excited about being half way home this coming Sunday! Good night folks…