Today I had a couple routes to choose from. I sat down at the crossroads and had a good long think about it. Ignoring my strong gut feeling to just stay on the main highway, I took off down the backroads into no-man’s-land. Ten miles later, my road dead-ended, with no road where there should have been one. Talk about a sudden collapse of confidence. Not that I’ve overcome every challenge known to man, but to me this situation felt like something that I would’ve expected in the first weeks of this trip. But one week from the finish? I felt like I was right back at day one.
So I sat down, drank some Gatorade slushee, and decided that while maybe the decision to ignore my instinct had been a stupid and novice one, I could still deal with this in a better way than I would’ve during week one. I triple-checked my maps, flagged down the only two cars in a 20 minute time period, to no avail. So I walked a bit and found a BBQ in full swing and asked for some help. They laughed and told me I was way out of the way and that it happens to people all the time on their road. One of them offered to give me a ride back to the crossroads and I took him up on it. Somehow I feel a little like it’s cheating, but since I still covered all the ground, and even an additional ten miles of wrong ground, I think it’s okay. So I ended the day about 5 miles behind where I wanted to, but c’est la vie.
I stayed tonight with a great family who had a big BBQ going on, with all their friends and a million kids running around. Their house is awesome, totally rigged for fun times – giant grills inside a screened-in porch, open kitchen, popcorn machine, stereo and speakers wired throughout, karaoke, and a loft upstairs with three beds for guests. It is pretty sweet : )
Tomorrow I’m heading to the metro-Augusta region. Can’t believe I’m in my last week of this incredible adventure…what do I do next?!
A big thank-you to Chuck and Shirley for hosting me last night and cooking a delicious meal that reminds me of my Mom’s chicken cacciatore : ) I am wearing the t-shirt!