Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and prayers.
Day 1: Started the walk with two daughters and my wife. Met some great folks in Everett, and finished the day in Sultan with a pizza dinner provided by the some local firefighters. They also put me up for the night in their fire station, and I really appreciated their hospitality.
Day 2: Gale Fiege from the Herald met up with me near Gold Bar and had a nice interview with her and photographer Mark Mulligan. Started to climb up Stevens Pass. It’s slow going with 140 pounds of stroller and supplies, but I made it 15 miles and slept in the tent in a quiet yard. Trains kept going by all night, and it was pretty noisy, but I rested.
Day 3: Drizzly in the morning. “Ain’t no sunshine when I’m gone…”
Started the first quarter mile with a POW! One tire hit a small metal shred and I got a flat. I guess all my cycling experience came in handy. I was able to fix it quickly and head out of town.
I met some great people today…
A Marine veteran, who served in 1963, stopped as I was walking. He had seen the article in the Herald, so his wife baked some chicken and they came out looking for me. It was pretty cool, I got a couple pieces of chicken and a couple packages of “Donettes.”
I felt really strong going up the hill today, legs were strong.
I stopped in Skykomish, had lunch at a cafe, and it turns out the guy who owns the place is a Marine, and he fed me for free. Thank you!
Then at the end, around MM 54.5, a young lady brought me a hot cup of coffee.
I pitched my tent at MM 55.
I’m feeling pretty good, much stronger than yesterday.
I’m in my little nook in the woods and I am tucked in for the night.
That’s it in a nutshell.
It’s 14 or 15 miles to the top of Stevens Pass tomorrow, the day I go over the top.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported this effort along the way, and from afar.