May 20: 59 Miles

May 20: 59 Miles

I left the Haysville Fire Hall shortly after 7am and headed on RT 30 west. It was great traveling on this RT because I could run on the shoulder most of the time and keep it at 14 to 15 mph. I was able to sit back and enjoy the country side of course a lot of traffic flying by.

I stopped a few times to take a break.  RT 30 turned into a limited highway, so I needed to get off rather quickly and so I got on Old Lincoln Highway. As I was coming into Upper Dusky I saw a Wal-Mart and decided to head in and get some supplies. I didn’t more than turn off my switch and 5 different vehicles pulled in. They were following me on our web all morning and calling each other, ‘he is coming your way.’
It was great talking to them and they all contributed for our mission.

Eric Gottfried called the local paper so when I got out the reporter was waiting for me outside.

Eric with his son Evan invited me to go with them for lunch at a local restaurant. I went with them and saw that it was close to the camp site. We had a great time. I enjoyed hearing about his son that is restoring a number of John Deere tractors. Now they are John Deere but of course the father is an IH man, so I asked the son, “I’m surprised you are allow to live in the same house,” we had a good time chatting.

I putted on into the camp grounds and here comes the owner with a big JD he jumped out and said I heard you coming a 1 mile down the road I knew that was my man. I had left a message yesterday that I am coming through he picked a spot out for me and said you just go back there and help yourself. I asked, “don’t I need to go to the office to register?” He said there is no charge, you go back there and find your spot and let me know if you need anything. Thank You, Smokey’s Mini Lake Campground.
I got set up, and realized it was just 1:30! It makes a difference when you don’t have to shift and can keep  putting along. One picture of Eric Gottfried and his son standing by the tractor when they took me out for lunch.

I feel for our farmers it’s been raining so much and they are not getting their crops in now and it’s middle of May.  It will effect the yields being planted this late. Being a retired farmer, I feel their stress and know what that feels like every day you are loosing yields and that is profit if there is any, corn prices being down.
In one picture the planter and equipment standing in the field and you could see it’s still too wet.

It’s 6:30 PM and folks are still stopping by the camp ground to see the rig they heard about.