Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – Departed from the Coloma Hotel in Coloma, Wisconsin.
The Atmosphere’s Mood
Morning Conditions – Temp – 72* with very high humidity / Wind – SSE at 5 mph / Skies – Low overcast due to residual moisture from heavy thunderstorms passing around 5:00 a.m.
Afternoon/Evening Conditions – Temp – Reached a high of 83* with very high humidity / Wind – SSW at 5-10 mph / Skies – Overcast throughout the afternoon (thank God!), severe thunderstorms passing through at 8:00 p.m.
7:45 p.m. – Arrived at the Super 8 Hotel in Wautoma, Wisconsin, 16.7 miles, 40,900 steps, 43 miles remaining.
- The Amish World – My route today took me through an area where there is a large Amish population. I can’t help but be intrigued by their lifestyle. It’s not so much that I want to live the life they live; it’s more about stepping back in time. These people continue to live the life that my forefathers were living 100 years ago. In a sense, it’s like being able to personally observe how my great grandparents lived their lives. Not just read about it or see it in a badly made documentary, but to stand and look upon it. It’s almost like time travel. There is indeed something magical in that.
- A Simple Overcast – I remember a story from when I was a child about a man who complained that his house was too small. A local sage gave him this advice: “Each day for ten days, bring one of your farm animals into the house. Then, after ten days, remove them all.” The man did so, and found that his house seemed considerably larger once all of the animals had been removed. The moral of the story is about perspective, and that sometimes we need to be thankful for the simple things that we’re given. Today, a simple overcast made a difficult day tolerable. I can’t even imagine how bad it would have been had the sun been beating down on me as well. Today, I was grateful for clouds.
- The Unforgiving Atmosphere – As a pilot, I’ve learned quite a lot about weather and how our atmosphere functions. I’m fascinated by its power, and studied it even before I was required to learn of its ways for the purposes of flight. We are powerless in the face of it. There is little we can do to control it; oftentimes, our only real course of action is to take shelter from it. Today, being out in the oppressive humidity felt like walking through water. It took substantially more effort just to move, and by the end of the day, that added effort took its toll. I had little choice but to seek shelter, and protect my body from any more abuse. Now THAT’s a power I can truly respect and appreciate!
Lessons Learned – When it comes to heat and especially humidity, each of us has a breaking point. That’s not some great revelation; I’ve known it since I was kid. The trick is to be able to recognize it in time. Today, I felt it coming on, and was able to get into an air conditioned environment and shut down before things got really interesting. “Listen to your body.” That’s what Jill always tells me. Thank you Jill. Good advice…