Well it has officially been four months on the Trail. It really hasn’t gotten any easier as I continue along. I thought it might get easier but it is not. Just the other day I had to buy new insoles for my shoes because the asphalt gets so hot from the sun that my shoes are literally melting! I’m hoping the insoles will help me out a little bit.
The landscape in Missouri is beginning to flatten yet finding shade is still a challenge in this treacherous heat. I will say that I have been lucky the past few days. During my walk, around the middle of it, I’ve been stumbling on little villages and towns where I can get some cold water to drink and sometimes a little food. That has been a good thing each day and I am grateful.
As I walk I use not only my hat but also a towel to cover my head to prevent the sun from burning my head and face. It doesn’t really make anything much cooler, but at least I can prevent sunburn to some extent.
Each day since I left Joplin, I find myself reminiscing about my time there. It is something good to think about as I battle the scorching heat each day. I continue to recall those wonderful people who worked hard to restore hope and I remind myself that I am motivated each day to walk on the Trail of Hope.
It is hard to believe that it has already been four months of walking. While the days are long and hot, my spirits remain high. With each and every step I keep going.
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