Human powered

Columbia, MO – Rocheport, MO 12.4 miles Now I will be the first to admit that walking as a means of transportation is overrated. And biking is only marginally better. But there is a time and place for human-powered means of transportation. Within towns and cities, both walking and biking are great ways to reduce …

Support mom and pop

Mineola, MO – Kingdom City, MO 22.7 miles Stopped in for lunch at Marlene’s restaurant at Crane’s Museum in Williamsburg, MO and discovered that not only do they have great food and an interesting collection of regional history, but Marlene writes the town’s monthly newletter. Yet another reason to support local businesses. Check it out: …

Get out and start walking

At least once a day when I tell people where I’m walking I’m told, “I could barely walk here from the parking lot.” If Michelle Obama accomplishes just one thing as first lady, I hope she encourages the nation to finally address it’s epidemic levels of obesity and increasingly stagnant lifestyle.

Falling to pieces

Pontiac, IL – Chenoa, IL 11.6 miles The town of Chenoa is falling to pieces. I do not mean this in a figurative sense. A stroll through the downtown reveals nothing but shuttered businesses, closed signs, and buildings literally falling to the ground. One building in the center of town quite spectacularly has its back …

Twister

Wilmington, IL – Dwight, IL 22.3 miles Last night a tornado touched down not a mile from where I was spending the night in Dwight, IL. Though I knew thunderstorms were predicted, which prompted me to decide to stay in a motel rather than pitch my tent, I was shocked when I checked the weather …

Generosity

As I stood in line at a McDonald’s on the east side of Chicago, an old man thrust two crumpled dollars into my hand. I stood confused for a moment and suddenly he disappeared into a sea of all black faces. To repay his generosity, I picked up as much trash as I could hold …