Yesterday I arrived in Arcadia, Missouri. It is a small town of about 600 or so inhabitants. Arcadia is one of three towns which are sort of clustered around one area. The second town is Ironton and to the north of that is Pilot Knob. While exploring these towns I happened to come upon this plaque which is dedicated to the pioneers who settled in the area many years ago.
I found the plaque very interesting and it sparked my thoughts to consider the plight of people who came to this country 250 to 300 years ago. Many of these people were persecuted in Europe and had the hope that a better life lie across the ocean. These people had a lot of faith and perseverance. At times, we don’t really think or talk about the early pioneers that built a life for future generations. It is important to take a moment to remember their dedication and struggle.
On an unrelated note I encountered a very generous individual during my travels recently. A few days ago, I met a gentleman named Greg. I was resting under a tree near a church when he came over to me and offered me some fresh water. We spoke for a brief time as I shared with him a little about the Trail. After our quick exchange, I continued my walk.
Yesterday as I was heading towards Arcadia, Greg found me along the Trail. He stopped and gave me water and some Powerbars for the journey. It is the generosity of strangers like Greg that keep me going each day. Their kindness is inspiring and I am so happy to share a part of the Trail with each person I encounter.
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Today I’m resting in Arcadia. The weather forecast is threatening really severe storms. Tomorrow I’ll continue walking towards Springfield.