Day 14 – The Marathon Day

The Atmosphere’s Mood

Thursday, July 15th, 10:05 a.m. –  Departed from the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park near Nerstrand, Minnesota.

Morning Conditions – Temp – 75* with low humidity / Wind – W at 10 mph, gusting to 15 (cold front passed in the night) / Skies – Clear. Not a cloud in the sky, half moon hanging on the western horizon.

Afternoon/Evening Conditions – Temp – Reached 85*, skies remained clear with fair weather cumulus late in the day. Winds remained W, increasing to 15 mph, gusting up to 25.

9:20 p.m. – Arrived at Covered Bridge State Park in Zumbrota, Minnesota,  26.2 miles, 71,555 steps, 296 miles remaining

Best of the Day 

  1. I walked the miles of a marathon today! That’s a first on this walk, and something I wasn’t sure I’d be capable of doing.
  2. After leaving Nerstrand, the next town was Wanamingo. That was 18 miles of walking in the countryside!
  3. Individually, I unknowingly met two sisters in Nerstrand who I thought were pretty cool. Because of that and the rest of my experiences there,  Nerstrand holds a special place in my heart.
  4. Growing up on a hard working farm in southwestern Minnesota, I could never really appreciate the vast, wide open spaces. Today, I took the time to recognize and enjoy their beauty.




Worst of the Day 

  1. Don’t let anyone try to fool you. Whether walking or running, 26.2 miles is a LONG WAY to move on foot! I was sore and exhausted by the end of the day, and had completely depleted my reserves. 
  2. There are some really challenging hills in Goodhue County!

Lessons Learned 

The body is capable of amazing feats, but it is the strength and fortitude of the human mind that makes this amazing work possible. The body’s capacity to perform amounts to nothing without tenacity of mind and spirit!

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