by Brian D. Meeks
Chapter 25 Day 25]
Steve stopped to take a break and capture a little video of himself. He looked beat. The sun, nearly blinding, shines off his white hat, and he puts his hands on his knees. A tiny creek flows by his feet and the sound of it makes one feel cool and refreshed, until they hear his voice. It is tired and he says, “Hello…Day 25, my god, it is an absolute cooker. It’s rained here the last day or two and now it’s maybe in the eighties. I am so trashed. So we are stopping by this creek. I gotta get my body temperature down. We’re maybe fifteen or sixteen miles in, I don’t know. I thought I’d share with you all the adventures, I’ll be better soon. Hope you’re having a great day…bye.”
He wasn’t alone. Eighteen of today’s miles were on a paved bike trail. It was reasonable to run on, but lacked tree cover and the sun beat down on them all day. Donna was with Steve for sixteen miles and mentioned how there had been a breeze all day, “Without that we would have been in a world of hurt.”
The run took them along Fisherman’s Island State park and they finished near Banks Township Park, Michigan. The hottest part of the day was in the morning and the temperature has continued to drop. There is a 40% chance of showers, late this evening, and this should make tomorrow a little cooler. The forecast for tomorrow is 50% chance of rain, 76 degrees, and 62% humidity. Tomorrow, Steve will continue south along Grand Traverse Bay, though he will be running alone. Donna has to get back to Colorado.
It wasn’t a great day for eating. Steve had some yogurt and eggs for breakfast, then just liquid for the rest of the day. After he finished, Jarred found a spot along the road to stop for the night. The RV, still with electrical problems, no longer has air conditioning. Donna played the princess card, pulled out some Holiday Inn points and got them a room. Her praises were sung far and wide by Jarred and Steve. Someone ordered a damn big pizza, thin crust, extra cheese, meat lovers, with “the biggest olives they could find”.
Steve has thrown himself into this run with every ounce of strength, both emotional and physical. We are all cheering for him and each day it seems we have a core group of people who show up to the site, read the blog, and then tell their friends. Yesterday’s chapter had thirty-six people give it a read, with another 140 who went to the main page and may have read it from there. Every single one of you is appreciated. Three days ago I asked you to share on FB and this increased the traffic considerably. Again, I thank you.
Another $465.00 was donated, today. The word is getting out there, but we need to keep telling folks. There are 15 days remaining, and a ground swell is needed. Keep reading, sharing, and cheering, and together we can help Steve cross the finish line.
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