Was intending to walk 12 miles today but packed it in after just 6 when the skies opened up and unleased a severe thunderstorm. I actually didn’t mind the rain. It was nice to tromp along in a nice summer rain. It became a different story when the thunder and lightning started and it seemed unwise to continue. Of course this will not be an option for me once I am on route. And it is not an option when you don’t have anywhere dry to go. That said, there is being tough and there is being foolish.
Yesterday I walked 23 miles! A major accomplishment and the first day I realized I am actually going to walk across the United States. It was a psychological and a physical victory. Though I know it will certainly be a challenge, I couldn’t help but think of how exhausting it must be to spend day after day wondering where your will rest that night.