06 Jun Day 36 – Leaving On A Jet Plane
Jen’s visit was short and sweet. She headed back to San Diego today to finish the last four weeks on the boat.
Jen decided before she left she wanted to experience some of my walking. She ended up walking two legs today and completed 20 miles before she was whisked away to St. Louis to get her flight. Jen’s legs are about half the length of mine but still managed to keep up. I think I might be getting slower! Anyway she did incredibly well. She is used to being on her feet as she worked as a nurse in St. Thomas’ Hospital in London and being a stewardess on super boats. But even so this is a tough task. No whinging, in fact more apologising for holding me back. It was great to just walk and talk about things and really spend time catching up before she left. I have just had an e-mail from her saying she is a little sore from the walk but is now in Phoenix and will be home tonight. The only person who has walked further than Jen with me in one day is Sir Michael Field, but he is a pro fitness instructor and only beat her by two small miles.
Newburg is an amazing little town. It was built as a stopping point for the St. Louis to San Francisco train line (the Frisco). The welcome I got was quite amazing. People knew who I was and were wanting to know about the walk. The fact my dad had driven through 5 minutes before me had nothing to do with it I am sure. A great little town with some brilliant characters. We have stopped for the night under a bridge that leaves Newburg by a small river. Quite relaxing and I am sure it will look amazing in the morning.
As I left Newburg I entered deeper into Fort Leonard Wood. It is great to be leaving the Interstate service road, but along with that comes all the flying bugs and mozzies! A bit of a pain. Aside from that there are some amazing plains, One which was very reminiscent of the glade ambush scene in ‘Last Of The Mohicans’. Tomorrow I will tackle a road that is called the ‘Trail of Tears’ I can’t wait.
I was amazed to get an e-mail from Nic Tindall, one of the guys sitting behind me at the St. Louis Cardinals game. He is apparently addicted to the blog. I find it amazing that people are getting hooked on my travels. So a big hello to Nic and his family and especially his tiny baby, who he is already taking to the ball games to make sure she is a Cardinals fan through and through. Thanks Nic, and please keep reading, spreading the word and maybe my biggest following will be from St. Louis.