DAY 17 – KTTC and the Road to Dover

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Tuesday, June 20th, 9:35 a.m. –  Departed from the KwikTrip at 37th St. and Broadway Ave North in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Atmosphere’s Mood

Morning Conditions – Temp – 62* with low humidity / Wind – N at 7 mph / Skies – Partly cloudy, cirrus and altocumulus clouds. 

Afternoon/Evening Conditions – Temp – Reached a high of 73* / Wind – Remained N, increased to 15 mph / Skies – Clear with high cirrus clouds in the west by evening.

6:35 p.m. – Arrived at the city park in Dover, Minnesota, 21.4 miles, 52, 300 steps, 245 miles remaining.

The Day’s Highs – 

  • KCCT – a local television station – did an interview with me today while I passing through the northeast part of Rochester. It really means a lot to me when the media finds this walk interesting enough to come out and talk to me about it. I don’t really have any expections about the outcomes, but it is really nice to gain some visibility as I walk through the area.
  • Paul and Sharon’s House – A the end of the day today, I got to stay at my friends house in Utica, Minnesota. I’ll be able to use Paul and Sharon’s home as a sort of base for the next few days as well. After tenting and utilizing inexpensive hotel rooms for the past several weeks, it’ll be really nice to sleep in a soft bed and be in the company of good friends. After staying with my sister in Rochester and now the Fosters, this week is beginning to feel pretty cushy…

The Day’s Lows – 

  • Construction Zone – Sometimes I choose to walk down roads that are under construction to avoid heavy traffic on other routes. Depending on the project, they can actually be quite peaceful, although it’s difficult to tell what I’ll run into down the road. County Road 9 – my planned route going east out of Rochester – started out being beautiful. About a mile and a half down the road, however, it got really ugly. For the better part of an hour, I spent my time dodging construction vehicles and pulling the trailer through deep ruts and loose, uneven dirt and gravel. Always a crap shoot, this construction zone did NOT pay off.
  • Wrong side of Chester Woods Park – Choosing a place to take a break in the middle of the day can be really important. Chester Woods Park stretches between two roads: State Highway 14 and County Road 9.  I chose to walk on County Road 9 to avoid heavy traffic, hoping that I could get into the park from either side. That was a bad bet; there was no entrance on the County 9 side. Only a fence. I had been imagining a break in a pretty, shaded park. Yeah, not so much. Pretty grumpy there for a while…
  • No Apples?! – I stopped at the Sekapp Orchard because their signs for Honeycrisp apples got me to craving them. Can you believe it? I was told there would be no apples for a couple of months. Who knew that apples don’t ripen until autumn? The look on the proprietor’s face said it all…

Lessons Learned – When calculating risk and weighing options, it is important to remember that things will not always work out for the best. That’s why they’re called risks and options. While challenging at times, it is of the utmost importance to remain positive, even when NOTHING is going as planned.

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