There are times when I look back at some of my experiences and decisions on my Walk and think to myself, how the heck did I actually survive that? Like this one from day 2 in Hancock, Maryland where I was hiding from a massive storm:
The funny thing about this video is it wasn’t until I was watching it last night that I realized that what I called a fire station alarm was most likely a TORNADO SIREN OMG. And it had gone off three times already. And there I was sitting in a wire and aluminum shelter. Seriously, how did I survive this trip?
To be fair, I had been listening to my little weather radio and was aware of tornado spottings in the area. It’s just…I’m from Maine, people. We don’t have tornado sirens here. If you hear a siren it’s a pretty sure bet that it’s just the fire station downtown. Logically I knew about tornado and storm sirens, I just didn’t think about it at the time. Thankfully I was lucky and no tornadoes actually touched down where I was. I remember hearing about one or two little ones in the nearby areas, but only golf ball sized hail, strong winds, thunder and rain where I was.
Honestly, I had the best luck along this trip. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but looking back I’m just constantly amazed at the dangers I narrowly avoided.
Today’s lesson about horses: Horses are super pushy, but it’s not aggressive they’re just like that.
Here’s a slightly embarrassing video of me confronting my horse fears:
I lost a bit of the quality when uploading, but I think the sheer terror still comes through nice and strong.
So that’s my tent. Plenty of room for Anna and myself, with room to spare. If I were to actually backpack anywhere I’d definitely want a smaller and lighter tent, but as I’m pushing my gear instead of carrying it, this tent is perfect. Super easy to put up and take down, and has kept me nice and dry through numerous storms.
I figure if I’m still happy sleeping in there after five months of travel, it’s a pretty good tent.
Today we are taking a day off in Peru, IL. Yesterday was rough, the total miles ended up being around 29 and didn’t stop until around 9:30pm. It was a looong day, and the last half was pretty frustrating, so I think a rest in a nice cool comfy place is well deserved.
I think we should be in Iowa in about a week, which is pretty darn exciting.
Couple of video updates from the past few days:
Geese along the I&M
The geese decided to be smart and jump in the canal, but we had been herding them right up the path in one big gaggle before.
Update along the I&M
Off the I&M and back on the road
I think I’m going to try and do more video updates along the way, they’re quite handy. Anything anyone wants to hear about or see, just let me know and I’ll try and include it!