I had to walk today after having only a couple of hours of sleep last night. I got into another one of those NE storms with the lightning, rain and wind. It eventually tore down about half of the tent, so I laid there with a pool of water at the bottom of my feet and the walls collapsed and waiting for the rain and wind to let up so I could go out and fix the tent stakes. All I want is a good nights rest. I didn’t fall asleep until around 4AM and then to walk 16 miles today was a real effort. I had no energy at all.The weather was overcast until around 11AM and then it got up to 92 degrees. I was thankful that I had the advantage of walking on pavement today. Tomorrow will be a killer. It will be my longest day yet at around 24 miles and half of it will be gravel roads. When I walk the gravel, that handcart just feels like an anchor.
Feet aredoing well and I am still losing weight. I get to eat a couple of ounces of rice tonight for only the second time since I have been walking. I will put some powdered milk and some sugar on it and imagine that it is rice pudding.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Genoa and loved the wonderful people there. It is rich in history.
Also, I forgot to mention that when I was in North Bend, that Darrell Ritenour, who owns the Corner Cafe, treated me to my last breakfast on the trek. He served up a plate of biscuits and gravy that was huge! And I appreciated every bite. So if you ever get to North Bend NE… the Corner Cafe is the place to eat, especially the Sunday buffet.