05 Jul Day 65 – Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue
Happy 4th July!! I think one of the most celebrated holidays in the US. Even though there is a state wide fireworks ban we still had a great day.
It has become more and more apparent that as we find new sections of Route 66, businesses really latch on to the emblem. Everything is named Route 66 this or Route 66 that. From gas stations to storage units to casinos, it is amazing how this is just such a strong icon. Route 66 to me seems to brace America. People will latch o to that and seem to try and sell the American dream through it. If i had time I would try and find the owners of the businesses and ask what the sign means to them, but as usual I am on a tight schedule so there is little to no time to try and figure these questions out.
It dawned on me today that a lot of people think what I am doing is amazing, maybe a little insane, but I also find that many people don’t really know what I am going through. I am now walking 42 miles a day. This is 2 miles extra than my set 40 miles. I am close to walking two marathons a day. This takes it’s toll not only on the body but also on the mind. Depending on how we map each day each leg will vary in miles, I try to walk 10.5 each leg as this is more manageable that trying to walk a 12 mile last leg. People keep asking how I do it and what my drive is… I guess I have the stubborness of the scots, the pride of the English and the sheer determination not to fail that the British seem to hold quite close to their hearts. All in I feel that it is ridiculous what I am doing, but I set myself this challenge and failure is not an option.
Now we have left Albuquerque, which has taken me all week to perfect the spelling of, the terrain has started looking more like the desert we passed through all those days before we arrived in Santa Fe. I like this landscape as it is interesting to look at and it is vast. Once again I feel like a tiny person in an over sized land. I am very much looking forward to seeing the terrain get gradually more space as we head towards Bullhead City. I am sorry that Nigel isn’t here to see it, I know he was keen to see this terrain, none the less we had some pretty amazing views and sights when we were in Pennsylvania.