As we shared on Facebook, we have to make a slight change of course in Nebraska. This is due to weather and our desire to not be completely crushed by it. Our change of route does nothing to influence the miles we’ll be walking. Honestly, we calculated a 3 mile difference.
Since we last updated you, we’ve walked from Lincoln to Grand Island. We took 2 days in Lincoln- one due to thunderstorms and one because rest on a trip like this shouldn’t be overrated. We were able to go to the OVER house in Lincoln and meet some awesome people who shared their stories with us. If you live in Lincoln, support them. They’re doing good work and need the community to help them achieve their goals.
Our route from Lincoln to Grand Island brought us through some small towns, down roads where we watched some intense harvesting operations, and into the communities of Seward, York, and Aurora for the nights. It was in these communities that we met even more great people. In Seward, we were put up in a hotel by a church/ mission pastor who was a Vietnam vet. We also got to meet a few more Vietnam vets. Tom and I love Vietnam veterans. Vietnam was before Tom and I were born so we don’t have the experience of living during that time, but if you don’t love and respect these guys then you are just wrong. Nothing more can be said. They are just wonderful guys who truly care for their fellow Veterans and that is a great thing.
In York, we met a Marine who did 3 tours in Iraq. He took us out for a great dinner and visited with us for 3 hours. He took time off from work to meet us and show us his appreciation for what we’re doing. When we left York, we were joined by another Veteran who walked with us to Aurora. Along the way, we got to hear about her experience in the service and her mom even met up with us to bring hot chocolate, donuts, and lunch to us. Can’t go wrong there. We even met a little dog that walked almost 20 miles with us. We called him Oreo due to his white and black fur. His actual name is Wiggles. We know this because the Veteran who walked with us got Wiggles back home safe and sound. Turns out the family who owns him has a daughter who is a Veteran and she is married to an Army Veteran. Wiggles must have sensed what we were up to, don’t you think?
Aurora to Grand Island allowed us to walk with 2 more people, Braxton and Sharon. Sharon’s older son, Braxton’s brother, is serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. It was great to have them come along and share their stories with us. In Grand Island, Sharon got us a hotel room and they took us out for a great dinner.
We really appreciate all the people we’ve met who have shared their stories, time, effort, and have supported us and our mission.
Now, we begin our push towards Colorado. Yes, we still have 250 miles or so in Nebraska, but we’ve gone 700 some miles and raised almost 60 thousand dollars for Dryhootch. So, I’d say we are doing pretty good. As long as we keep getting the love and support we’ve received thus far, we’re going to dominate the rest of the trip.
See you on the trail,
Anthony and Tom