Day 26 – Potato Pancakes and Roche-A-Cri

Monday, July 10th, 7:55 a.m. – Departed from the Necedah Motel in Necedah, Wisconsin.

The Atmosphere’s Mood

Morning Conditions – Temp – 73 with low humidity / Wind – NW at 5 mph / Skies – Clear with scattered clouds beginning to develop. Weak cold front passed in the night.

Afternoon/Evening Conditions – Temp – Reached a high of 84* with moderate humidity / Wind – Calm / Skies – Clear with scattered cumulonimbus

6:45 p.m. – Arrived at the Adams County Airport in Adams/Friendship, Wisconsin, 20.8 miles, 55,300 steps, 80 miles remaining.

Highs Today

  • The Polish Community – I found out while having breakfast at JB’s Country Restaurant just east of Necedah, Wisconsin that Adams County has a significant Polish population. There are polish grocery stores, delis and restaurants. There is so much color in their culture! Best of all, I had a potato pancake for breakfast. It was delicious! Haven’t had one of those since I was a kid.
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park – Becasue it was a little out of my way, I really had no intention of going to this State Park. But when I saw the Roche-A-Cri Mound (Butte), I just had to go and climb it. A holdover from the era of Glacial Lake Wisconsin, it really put things into perspective. Also, the Native American petroglyphs that still exist on its south face give it historic relevance of a completely different kind. The climb to the top was really pretty easy, and the view was spectacular. It was worth taking a few extra steps to get there.

Lows Today

  • Hard To Restart – While getting going again after a weekend off is easier than it was at the beginning of the walk, it’s still a struggle. 20 miles just feels like a really long way to go! After about 10 miles, I feel like I need a nap…
  • No Sleep At Adams County Airport – It was great to be able to utilize the Adams County airport as a place to sleep for the night. Sheldon – the groundskeeper there – gave me full access to the building, showed me a good spot to pitch a tent and helped me feel at home. But I couldn’t sleep! For the life of me, I don’t know why. But I tossed and turned until the wee hours of the morning, and then the rising birds kept me awake! Some nights are just like that I guess. Sleeping in a different place every night, I suppose it shouldn’t really come as a surprise. It sure makes the next day hard, though…

Lessons Learned – It isn’t always worth it to put on extra steps to go “sightseeing.” The decision to do so or not can be quite challenging. A few extra miles doesn’t seem like much, but at the end of a 20 mile day, it makes a BIG difference. On the other hand, I may never pass this way again. There’s always ibuprofen. 🙂

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