Huge thank you to the crew at the Darlington Fire Department for putting me up last night, Great to see some smiles and have a bed to sleep in.
Got up and out the for by 5am and just down the road was a dam, Pat had told me there was no shoulder and to be careful. I used the workers side and even then there went much room but the views were great and none working so I got away with it.
Then I just cruised along finding a few things and taking in the views. I was pretty up and down with emotions today, In Pain like never before and yet getting it done somehow through pushing myself like never before. Good to have these feelings I think and I get stronger Im stronger than I think I am which is good to know. Long ways to go but I have found a never give up feeling and will do anything to be there in Boston with Pat.
I made it to Pennsylvania today and that was a huge boost for me. I was told about the amish communities and within 5 miles I had seen to carts go past and one dude on a scooter with no engine. I dont know much about the Armish and hope to meet some to ask some questions. I meet a great man today called Mike, He is from greece and owns a pizza place in a little town called Oxford. I walked in a bit early and asked if he had anything on, No was the answer but then he made me a tuna sandwich and gave me drinks and chips to take with me and also a donation, Loved talking with him and by the sounds of it I need to do a trip through greece as now I have somewhere to stay. Cheers for your amazing smile and support.
I also was looking in a few thrift shops today as I had a idea I could find a golf cart to put my bag on, I made a mistake getting rid of my buggy I reckon, carrying a bag is harder to do and I can’t run . The things we do when we dont take a moment to think first and just do, I have leaner some great lessons about myself this run and thats great even when I’m having to do it the hard way because of it haha.
I also missed a turn today and it was 5 miles late when I realised , rerouting my maps I headed up a very small quiet road with almost no cars at all on it, I then had a car pull up and ask what I was doing, Lisa Thomas was her name and well I think she was a angel coming to help me. you know when you make a what you think was a mistake or did it the wrong way and then something awesome happens. Well this was one of those times and I actually reckon I was surppose to go this way as some many things worked out way better.
Lisa invited me for a beer and then feed me and her family let me stay the night. I had a bubble bath thingy which was amazing and man did my feet need it. Her family were so nice and made me feel right at home. Before I had arrived I saw some girls riding horses and as I got close they said “Hi Jup” , haha I was like how did you know but it was Lisa who had told them, The girls were training hard and a couple were in the Aussie team , Rebecca in the Para riding team and trying to get to the next olympics, so hope I get to watch you thee one day. Thanks so much for the lift too.
I did 37 miles today which was a bit shorter than planned but i could make it up in next 2 days and I had a feeling I was suppose to stay here and chat to this greta family, I really enjoyed it and it got me thinking a lot about a lot of things. Thankyou for stopping Lisa.