Yesterday, we went big and walked 21.5 miles in about 7.5 hours. This took us from Nichols to Kalona, IA. Not a crazy fast pace ( ~ 3 mph) but after about mile 15 we were really feeling it in our muscles and feet. Luckily, the weather has cooled down lately, so it was around 70 degrees and mostly overcast, which is just about perfect walking weather. This was a welcome change from the 80 and 90 degree days we experienced last week.
When we started out in the morning, we were just planning to go about 17 miles, which would have been plenty. However, we stopped for lunch around mile 12.5, we found our second wind and decided to try for 9 more miles. This would put us at the end of the driveway of the campground where we’re staying. At the end of the day, we had passed through four cities and three counties. Even though we were tired at the end, we powered through, pushed ourselves, and finished strong. And then we went to bed before the sun went down!
While this is not our longest day on record, any day over 20 miles feels pretty significant to us! Here’s to many more!