Monday, June 19th, 9:05 a.m. – Departed from the Kwik Trip in Pine Island, Minnesota.
The Atmosphere’s Mood
Morning Conditions – Temp – 63* with low humidity / Wind – NW at 11 mph / Skies – Partly cloudy, cumulus/cumulonimbus clouds moving in from the west, threatening rain/thundershowers.
Afternoon/Evening Conditions – Temp – Reached a high of 73* / Wind – Remained NW, increasing to 15 mph, gusting to 25 / Skies – Thunder showers in the vicinity throughout the afternoon, clear skies with high cirrus clouds by evening.
7:05 p.m. – Arrived at Connemara Drive in Rochester, Minnesota, 20.8 miles, 56,800 steps, 266 miles remaining
Good Parts of the Day
- The Douglas Trail that stretches between Pine Island, MN and Rochester, MN made for a spectacular Monday morning walk – one of the nicest and most relaxing I’ve had so far. The canopy above the trail created by the hardwood trees growing adjacent to it let through an almost magical light, and the air was cool and refreshing.
- I got to stay in a spectacular house that my sister was taking care of. Better than any hotel, it wasn’t fancy, but was of considerable size. It also had gadgets throughout that I didn’t even know existed. Also, the house had a cat (Ruby). I stayed in this house for two nights. Made a tent seem like, well, a substandard option…
- Much of today’s walk was within the city of Rochester. Walking in a city really helps to pass the time; there are so many things to look at, and a lot of really awesome photo opportunities.
Not So Good Parts of the Day
- The only thing that really wasn’t great about this day was that, in order to get to the house that my sister was staying at, I had do a major hill climb at the very end of the day. I was aware of the hill, and knew that climbing it would be required. That did not, however, make it any easier after nearly 20 miles of walking. I’ve asked her to find houses to take care of in the future that are NOT on mountain tops, or accessed by roads that have the name “Summit” in them. It just seems sensible for those of us who are required to walk there.
Lessons Learned – When having an effortless day, it is very easy to get lulled into complacency. It is important that I never let my guard down, both for my personal well being, and for my ability to physically perform.