It’s the end of day 5 and I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the overwhelming hospitality and generousity of Sister Nancy and everyone else at Mount Aloysius College. I’m not sure about the Aloysius part yet but MOUNT is definitely a very fitting name for this place. Yesterday’s walk was much longer – 25 miles compared to 15 today – but man are there some serious hills out here. Tomorow I’ll have the pleasure of getting my day started with 12% incline hill that goes up over 2,000 feet in elevation. It’ll be nice to get it oout of the way early though and I’m told that after that it’s pretty much down hill all the way to Holidaysburg.
The first couple days have been pretty long and exhausting but I’ve gotten through them with fairly minimal damage to my body, I think, I hope. So far I only have 2 blisters and I got them just within the past day or two. It has definitely been physically challenging, but it’s been mentally challenging too, more so than I think I anticipated. It was definitely much better on day one when I was walking with people. It helps pass the time better and makes things more enjoyable. I’ve really had to push myself towards the ends of my walks the first couple days. Yesterday I got some added motivation in the way of an inpending storm -it thundered for about the last 6 miles of my walk but I managed to finish before it started raining much.
I’ve met a lot of really wonderful, caring, and generous people while I’ve been walking, who have really lifted my spirits and given me much hope and optimisim. Hopefully I’ll have more time to spend on a computer later and will be able to fill you guys in on some of the stories and such, but right now I’m pretty tired and need to get some rest - walking over 100 miles in 5 days has a way of tuckering a person out.
Thank you all for your continued support. Knowing that people are interest and care about what I’m doing gives me motivition to keep going even when I feel like I can’t take another step. Good night and happy walking.