Sunday morning I woke up and went to McDonald's for coffee and to use the restroom. I charged up my phone for a bit and then headed to Walmart. They're in the same plaza. I bought insoles for my shoes, seam sealer for my tent and a book. I love the show Game of Thrones on HBO but obviously cannot watch while I'm on the trail. So, I bought the first book in the series.
I headed back to the tent and began to pack up. As we began walking Brown was limping bad. We made it to the next plaza over before he lay down and gave me a look. I felt like a horrible person for pushing him so hard and seeing him in pain. I decided we would just take the day off and rest. We were in a parking lot for a Tractor Supply store that was under construction. We walked towards the building and sat under the awning. Being the curious George that I am I tried the door and to my amazement it was unlocked. This was our new hangout for the day. I spent the day reading my new book and people watching. The whole time I was thinking about how careless the site manager had been not to lock the doors and put up no trespassing signs. If I had injured myself inside, he would be liable. So I went up to the roof.
It was a dull day but a necessary day of rest. I checked the weather and saw that thunderstorms were headed my way that evening. With tornadoes in Arkansas, I was unsure how severe the weather would be here. I received an offer from a long time family friend whom lives sixty miles west in Milford to come pick me up. I decided with Brown injured and storms on the way we should take some time off.
My mother used to babysit for Judy and Dee when she was a young girl and have always kept in touch. They now live in Ohio and have let me stay with them for a couple of days. I've felt very pampered and have probably gained back some weight here.
Judy made me two batches of cookies and would often suggest that it was ice cream time. Basically my very own heaven.
Brown's limp is gone and the gash on his pad is practically closed. So we're going to get back on the trail tomorrow after three days of rest. We have a short day planned tomorrow, hopefully Brown will be a trooper.
It's been two months on the trail now. I'm not gonna lie, it's been challenging lately. I've felt more fatigued recently and this rest has felt good.
I also think that I'm going to take the southern route instead of the northern route as originally planned. This has had me studying and calculating my guidebook, maps and the availability of post offices. This is also exhausting. It took months to plan my original route. The route splits in Cincinnati, a city less than a week away. So I haven't much time.
Hopefully I get things worked out so I can get back to enjoying the trail.
Thank you readers. Thank you Judy and Dee for opening your home to me.
Sorry for the lack of pictures. I haven't done much but rest the past few days.