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Post Script – Transcon Run

I’m back in Seattle. It is a cliche, but the last few months seem like a dream. A dream with a lot of running with ups and downs. I haven’t had a chance to do a proper write-up about the last day, so here is a stab:  I woke up on Friday 7/20 with the
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Done! Transcon Run

I’m in my sister’s car speeding toward northern New York and the Adirondacks where I hope to spend a few days relaxing with friends and family before heading back to Seattle on Thursday. Boston is well behind us but I do still have sand in my running shoes as well as some really good memories. The
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Making a run for it…

Making a run for it…

I’m invoking my right to make a run for it: Sailing center at Castle Island, Pleasure Bay in South Boston. ETA ~6pm. Maps are on website only I’m running tomorrow’s map this afternoon.   See you at the water!

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Day 105, three to go…

I’m hearing Boston accents and fresh seafood is on the menu. Earlier today, I saw my first sign for Boston. It said 75 miles. It made me a little giddy for a bit while I pushed on to my motel where I am enjoying an amazing meal at the adjoining restaurant. The clam chowder is good. I
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Day 100, mile 3128

Hard to believe five days have already passed since my last post. Lots of hills and heat since then. Fortunately, also family and friends. After my last post just east of Warsaw, I rolled into Geneseo early in the morning. I haven’t been there since finishing my last undergraduate class in 1994. I sent Donna
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Day 95, mile 2944.

So the end is almost in sight. I’m hearing more positives from people, “You’re almost there!” versus “You still got a long ways to go…” The latter is something I have heard after countless conversations – mostly at convenience stores. I know people mean well but in my head I can hear myself reply sarcastically
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Some like it hot

Just a quick note to say I am alive and kicking and doing just fine despite the heat wave and bizarre storms. Every decision since my last post has been well thought out and only good fortune (except for the heat) has befallen me. My navigation has been spot on. Well, almost. I’ve been at the
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A hard days night

Just a quick note here from a hotel computer in Kendalville, Indiana. Hopefully my last night in this state. The run Thursday from the Indiana border was almost a wash. I started around 6pm and got worried about hotels being booked and running in bad neighborhoods at night. Camping wasn’t an option really. I only
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Meditating on doing without

One thing that convinced me that a transcon run would be worthwhile was reading James Shapiro’s book ‘Meditations from the Breakdown Lane‘. Shapiro ran from San Francisco to New York in 1980 with a backpack. No cell phones, smart phones, social media, GPS, yada yada.  More than a simple recounting of his adventure, his book
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Finding my way out of Iowa

  Iowa was 10 hot days over 390 miles. I didn’t manage a single blog post during that time – but I did write the bulk of this one a couple days ago during an afternoon siesta in a town called ‘Wheatland’ – where the beer was cold but the internet weak. I made it
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