Day Seven: Palestine, TX to Random road off the highway in Texas

September 3rd Miles 2050-2585 Wow, Texas is a big state. This was the only day so far that I spent the whole day in only one state, and by the end I still wasn’t even done. I was hoping this morning to be able to spend a little more time with my friend Bouie, but unfortunately he’d been called in to work today. So I woke up with them at around 6:45 as him and his wife were heading out. As much as I wanted to hang around until they got off in the afternoon, I didn’t think I could really afford the time in terms of getting to San Diego and eventually to Portland in order to meet up with my friends on time for the hike. So we said our goodbyes and finished packing up before hitting the road. One stop I had to make early in the
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A night at the truck stop

Well who would’ve thought that spending the night at a truck stop could be a sketchy experience? When I first got here and I was walking around setting stuff up, cooking dinner and all that, there was a kind of short pudgy guy walking around. He was kind of balding and looked like he was missing a few teeth. I didn’t think anything of him. When I saw him it looked like he was going towards the bathroom when he had said to me, “you’re gunna get rained on.” I asked if it was supposed to rain tonight and he nodded yes. So I said, “that’s alright, I’ve been getting rained on for the past three days.” and that was that, for the moment at least. So for the next half hour or so, I packed up my stuff, got out my sleeping bag, and got ready to go to
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Lawrence, KS to Silver Lake Rest Area, IL (Day 14)

September 3rd Miles 4718-5040 View Larger Map I’m pretty sure that I’m bringing bad weather wherever I go. The past two nights when I got to my destinations, Colorado Springs and Lawrence, whatever bad weather I’d been having was not there when I arrived. Both place had clear skies and very warm. Then as it got later, the temperature would drop and the wind would pick up a lot. This morning when I woke up, and the same with in Colorado, clouds had come in and the temperature was 10-20 degrees colder then the people there were used to. So with yesterday morning in mind, I bundled up with all the layers from yesterday. Good thing I did too because I got rained on the entire day up until maybe the last hour. On top of that the wind was still extremely strong for the first half of my drive.
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