That's nearly an 1 1/2 added on to my already 9 hour day of 25 miles. So I continued on, and it didn't get any better, because there was very little shoulder to walk on for much of the morning. By the time I finally got to actual town, I was feeling pretty upset with the entire day. I was trying to figure out how I was going to get to the house I was staying at before it got dark, and I was sick and tired of this no shoulder thing. Then, a SUV stopped with a man and woman. They gave me a donation, and asked about my walk. I saw them turned around and come back to talk to me, so I thought, maybe, they were headed towards Elgin?? I asked, and they said no, they were actually going the other way and saw me so turned around to come talk to me. So of course they asked why, and I told them I was looking for someone to take my cart to Elgin so I could walk in peace, and maybe get there before dark since I made that stupid mistake earlier in the day. I told them I had called the woman who I was staying with and she was trying to find someone for me, but I hadn't heard back.
I gave them my number, and they said they would give me a call after them got done picking apples at the orchard they were going to, to see if I still needed help. I thanked them, and continued on. About 5 minutes later, I saw them again parked on the side of the road with the trunk of the car open, and I got really, really excited. They said they could go pick apples another time, and decided to help me out instead. I was sooooo thankful. Heather and Steve Schweitzer, THANK YOU!!! So they took BMW to my next house, and I walked on alone without my cart.
I walked into Elgin around 5:30 and met Jeannine, her mother and nannie, and two cute kiddos. We ate a delicious chicken pot pie, and chatted for awhile before I went to bed. I was sleeping down in the basement with huge fresh-water fish tank set in the wall above where I slept. Pretty cool.
It still amazes me how things always come together when I need them to the most. So thankful!