I am just into West Virginia now which is nice. It's like a barrier broken getting into a new state. This is state number three with many more to go. It is step by step though my concept of distance is certainly different on foot. Some miles seem to fly by and other times one mile seems to take forever.
It is pretty country like I was expecting. WV gets a bad wrap sometimes but the people I have run into have been as friendly as can be, no Burt Reynolds type mountain crazies at all. The route through WV is fairly short compared to some other states. I should be through here before the end of the month. Ohio will be a long haul that route looks to be over four hundred miles.
I missed the call from the radio station this week. I am not always close to a populated area so I hit dead zones now and again. Hopefully next week it will come through. I would like thank TD Ameritrade again and those that have donated to this trek for their sponsorship. I underestimated how much it would take to camp out along the way so the sponsorship has been a most welcome relief.
Lessons learned in Army have really helped on the trek so far. I have only had to deal with two blisters so far. Little things like remembering to change your socks during the days march does wonders. I have only had two blisters so far. One blister on the first day when it was very hot and muggy and I had my socks packed in an inconvenient spot and I didn't change them, lesson learned. The second on the day I got rained all day and was walking through puddles and I didn't see the point in changing them.
I have also adjusted my pace some, this is a marathon not a sprint. I have done over twenty five miles some days walking for about eleven hours in a day. The days miles depend on where I want to end up but I am trying to do more near fifteen miles a day right now. Going so far and hard in a day I think has defeated some of the purpose of the trek. I want to see and enjoy what is around me not just push through it as fast as possible.