Monday, October 7, 2013
Back from the Edge
“What Edge?” you might be wondering.
Well, there are a number to recount, like -
* The Highway Shoulder might be thought of as the Edge. The Buggy, Flag and I covered nearly 700 miles of it. That was a lot of miles, though just a bit more than last year. Still, only half way to Arizona.
* The Borrow Pit might fit Edge as well. We spent several nights - not worth counting - resting in the highway borrow pits. The Buggy couldn't jump fences, so we generally just looked for a flat, maybe grassy place along the highway to rest at night as well as during the day.
Resting under a tree was a preference. But, highway planners have decided in many western places that trees in the right-of-way are too much trouble.
Miles and miles of western highways have no trees for miles. The sight of a tree along the highway was sometimes a real thrill.
* How about the Edge of Civilization? I have to say much of eastern Montana and western Nebraska are still pioneer country. Miles and miles of space - real big sky country. Lots of territory, sagebrush or grass, occasionally wheat or hay country.
Fortunately, we didn’t meet the desert this time. Detouring to South Dakota kept us out of the worst of the heat. But, there was still plenty.
I might also make mention passing through a few ghost towns. Ardmore, SD, and Angora, NE, come to mind. Ardmore - on the extreme southwestern edge of SD - was once a busy spot on the railroad. Now, there are still many - dozens - houses and buildings standing - or leaning. Although there was traffic passing through the town, I didn't spy any residents. I was told later that there may be one of two occupied houses in the town. It was a bit scary.
* The Edge of Wellbeing. I gave up the Walk on my 65th birthday when I arrived in Bridgeport, NE. I thought I might keep going. My legs were fine, especially with my Keen walking sandals - which Brother T bought for me to replace the Tevas which Neighbor Loren gave me before starting the journey. Even now, I just put the Keens on my feet and my legs want to get moving and cover ground.
But while my muscles were still in running order, my bowels were running as well. And, I was getting tired of stopping often to hide behind a tree, bush, or hillock to “take care of business.”
My intestines and solar plexus are still not quite settled. But, bleeding always stops and “it all comes out in the wash,” as my good mother used to say.
I now trade one Edge for another which I will explain in the next blog. That will be based on a saying passed to me by an old friend - one that resonates:
“If you’re not living on the Edge,
you’re taking up too much Space.”
Dave and I shared a room at the Rainbow Motel in Alliance, NE.
Dave’s been living on the Edge for most of his life.
If you want to know more about his story, ask me directly.
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