Today was another marathon day of 26 miles. Over the Mississippi and Wisconsin river, and back up out of the river valley. A few people stopped to talk to me, but other than that, nothing too exciting. It was an absolutely beautiful day with a little wind and sunny skies.
Wow, that's about it! Laura and her daughter came and picked me up a little after 5, and took me home. They live in a really cool, converted old barn with her husband and son. Three stories total, so pretty. Chicken noodle soup for dinner (supper) and worked on the computer for a bit. Pretty good day all-in-all.
The only exciting part off today was after my walk.
I had an interview with the TV show called "Right this Minute" and everyone was in a bit of a panic because Laura's house has a metal roof, so therefore little-to-no cell reception. I also could not get on their WiFi because it belongs to the company her husband works for, and no extra computers are allowed on... So I was going to use her husbands laptop, but I had to download Skype, and his Antivirus wouldn't allow it.
We didn't have enough time to figure it out, so Laura and her son, Nathan, went into the storage closet and set it up for my interview. I could plug my computer into a land line in there (don't ask why it's in a storage room, I have no idea). She put up a purple blanket so we could have some kind of background other than water heater and stuff, and Nathan got a bean bag chair from upstairs for me to sit on. Then we grabbed a chair from the kitchen to set my computer on, and a few boxes to prop it up to the correct height. And voila! Interview room!
SO my first ever national interview was done via crappy Skype connection, in a storage closet....
Sorry to keep these so short, but I have so much to get caught up on!
Today I should have started at 7, but started at 8 instead. I had 26 miles to do. But I got stopped for an interview with the newspaper from Dodgeville, and for channel 15 NBC news in the afternoon. I was also stopped and treated to lunch at Subway by the mother of the woman who did my newspaper interview.
Which I appreciate all of it!!! But that's why I should have started earlier, I only got 22 miles in, and now have to make up time. But that's okay, I got two good interviews and a good lunch, and you couldn't ask for better weather; breezy, sunny and high in the low 70's.
This evening I was suppose to stay at a parish house. A man named Tom came and picked me up in Ridgeway and took me to the home. No one had lived in it for a few months, and when I got in the home I noticed a few dead flies. No big deal.
As I went upstairs, I noticed a lot more dead flies... okay... as I got to the top, They. Were. Everywhere...... dead flies everywhere. Not exaggerating. It was crazy! The only thing I could think of, is that a mouse or something died in the basement, or somewhere, and the flies got into it, and then when the maggots turned into flies, they had no where to go. I showered after washing 6 flies down the drain, and headed back over to Tom's house for supper. I told him and his wife about the flies, and how you kinda just have to laugh at it because there were so many. They decided to let me stay at their house. They had no idea of the other houses condition.
After dinner Tom took me over to meet Val. She is the one who got me in touch with Tom, and is good friends with Laura, the woman who I stayed with the last two nights.
Crazy last couple of days. Tomorrow will be another crazy one. 33 miles. I doubt I will do it all, but we'll see how far I get...