Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
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In the four days hiking so far, I have learned that my mental state is the key. I just have to stay within myself each step and this journey not only seems possible but almost like a no-brainer. Right about there is when the wheels fall off. If I start thinking "down-the-trail" or just how good I am "going to do", it gets ugly fast. So I stay in each step as best I can. I wonder if that would be easier without thinking about the 57 lb. pack on my back. That is the weight according to Greyhound, which charged me an additional $25 for that info, by the way.
The weather is trying to take over my thoughts constantly with it's dark clouds and grumbling and spitting. It really isn't too bad but the potential is great. I swear I feel about as exposed here at 900 FLAT feet as I do at 10 or 11K
Now that the tough stuff is done, onto the bright spots. Firstly, the folks I have met are interesting and friendly as well as helpful. I watched a high school baseball game in Clinton the night before starting and the lady from the concession stand brought me a pretzel after she had closed, telling me she was happy for me and wishing me a safe journey. I met Buster Adams, an octogenarian bike rider, on the trail. We talked for a about 15 minutes before becoming lifelong friends. A few folks had to stop and chat at the campsite in Windsor and all were kind and curious. Burf's Grille in Green Ridge is a MUST. Good food and great folks, it provided a sheltered place to hang out of the weather without any pressure to buy anymore than I intended. Here in Sedalia I have been to the Ivy Cottage Tea Room and the hotel only, but both are highly recommended by me. The Tea room has great food and is just two blocks down from the hotel.
OK, no photos again. I guess this will be more difficult than I thought on a public use computer.