Celebrating our Inderpendance

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Driving home from the trail left a lasting impression on us. We were able to see the road from the 60-mph perspective of a driver, and couldn’t help but imagine ourselves walking down the edge of the lane. Too many times, I saw my imagined self and swerved at the last second. The road looks much smaller from a car. Not to be deterred, we came back to the trail with some caution, and a much stronger appreciation for the patience of all of the drivers who slow down and try to not kill us.

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Iowa, you're kind of pretty

We also returned to an unrelenting, oppressive heat. We try to wake up early and start walking before the sun is up, and on a good day we can get 10-15 miles in before the heat becomes unbearable. Slater picks up the dogs before it gets too hot, and we keep walking and hydrating and sweating until we can’t take it anymore.

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this is why we have a support car for dogs.

Amazing trail magic has happened! Two wonderful people that we met waaaaaaay back in Queenstown, MD sent us a care package full of delicious treats and useful novelties. Most of the food has already been devoured. Thank you, our Queenstonian frends!

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box of love

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this cafe bingo game will bring us precious minutes of entertainment

After only a handful of days in Iowa, we have found it to be beautiful and surprisingly diverse. I expected a flat corny desert, but the hills are rolling and the corn fields have a soft undulating geometry.

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not so bad....

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...oh. we had to ford the river with our pushcart held high.

Yesterday, we got 14 miles in before calling it quits for the holiday. We camped in Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, and celebrated the 4th with chili dogs and cold(ish) beer. We washed the salt out of our clothes and swam in the lake before grabbing showers and driving into town for the local Keosauqua  fireworks. It is good to feel free. It is also good to feel clean, even if it only lasts until you step back into the oven.

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2 Responses to Celebrating our Inderpendance

  1. Hi Kait and John,
    What is your route in Iowa. I’ll be walking along Rt. 20 next Spring. Can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying reading about your hike. Wonderful pictures. Good writing. Thanks for sweating it out for your fans!
    Nancy

    on FB: Nancy Takes A Hike.

  2. John T Jurkiewicz says:

    Oh the stories you will have to tell through the remainder of your lives. I am moved by the real joy on your face and by the purpose of your mission and the tenacity you display as you take each step forward.

    As the days progress I find myself thinking about you guys, in the rain and heat, etc and with each blog I travel just a bit more with you.

    Namaste

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