June 27th, 2013
Woke up 8:00am
Miles traveled: 13 miles
I woke up feeling pretty good considering I called the day early in order to get out of the storm. Picked back up on the trail. I had to be careful because i was traveling the closed portion of the trail, it had taken a lot of storm damage and it was a bit hard to follow. Many trees were down on the trail, creating huge Obstacles. Alot of crawling under branches or balancing on tree limps and hopping over tree limps. I call this hiking gymnastics, when you have to go through these type of obstacles. Believe me, it's hard to be graceful when you have a 40 pound pack on.
I methodically went through the trail, making sure that I didn't lose it. I Eventually finally made it to the trail head, that knocked me out by road. I had no idea where I was. Hmmm, left or right? I went left, I saw a house in the distance and thought I might be able to find an Internet connection for my iPad. Nothing. Alright. I followed my intuition. I saw a line of trash going down the hill, I followed the trash into civilization.
Reached a couple of houses and finally found an Internet connection and looked up where I needed to head to get to a library. I was on the right path! I decided to head into a town called Borden.
Made it to the town just as it started raining again. Found a subway, only major restaurant there. Ate a footlong and tried to get my phone working. Still no use. Finished my sandwich and went to the library. I was greeted by Brit and Carla, the librarians.
Brit and Carla were amazingly helpful. They were really interested in my adventure and kept offering me food and whatever I needed. I started working on my phone, trying last ditch efforts to get it working again, nothing worked. I contacted my insurance company. Had the replacement phone sent to a town a day and half away to a ups store. I also called my family and caught up on communication. I had finished everything just before the library closed. Carla had already left but Brit was still there.
I was about to leave when she very nervously asked me if I wanted to go back and stay at her house for the night. I pointed out that she seemed very nervous about her own idea to invite me over. She said that she was, she had never done something like this before. She said though that she saw me handle my phone problem, saw my website, and heard me talking to my dad. She said she knew I am a good person. So she said that she wanted to do it. I said "Awesome , that sounds great!"
Brit is an older lady, coming towards her late 60s, but she seemed so young . She was Swedish and had a Swedish accent. She was funny and made great conversation. She offered to take me out for dinner, she mentioned pizza. It's like she read my mind, I said "that sounds wonderful".
We went to downtown New Albany and went to this neat pizza place on the strip and had delicious chicken Alfredo pizza. She mentioned what I was doing to a couple of people.
When we left the pizza place she took me out to see the river and the bridge that went to Louisville, kentucky. It was only here that I realized that she was older, the whole night felt like hanging out with someone my age, it was when she needed to use the hand rail to get down the steps. The idea of Age once again dawned upon my head.
She offered to take across the bridge to see Louisville. Alright!
We drove around and she pointed out things, it was really interesting. It was a small city with skyscrapers, but it was very clean and not very crowded. The old slugger baseball bat factory was there and a Muhammad Ali museum.
We drove back to her house and surprisingly she had an amazing view of Louisville and the Ohio river from her house. It was beautiful, and I was so glad that I had the opportunity to see the city from the inside.
She let me do some laundry and I played her a little bit of piano. She showed me some pictures of her son and an accident that he had gotten into while climbing the third highest summit in Colorado. The pictures were gruesome. I kept thinking about how my trail takes me to the highest peak in Colorado (which I will have to summit), I keep thinking if I will be ready or not, and if I'm not what the consequences are. I dont really worry about it though, i don't really worry about much,I will be ready.
She showed me the rest of her house, which see lovely. I also got to see a picture of her young with her husband. She was beautiful, she still was .
She showed me where I was going to sleep, the place had awesome wall paper and it had a view of the city. Awesome.
I didn't go to sleep immediately, I stayed up and took care of a couple of things and read. It was a blessing to stay there for the night.