Sunday we started a bit late because of the mist but once we were underway the overcast sky made for a easy walk without the sun forcing us into the shade throughout the day. We rolled just under ten miles up hills and around bends in the road with some guard rails on both sides but the travelers on the road were for the most part willing to share the road.Once when we were standing well off the road a car load of old women honked in protest like the chipmunks in New York that had issue when we crossed there territory. Only a few drivers stopped in the roadway when they could have pulled to the side, these people I get nervous about but the best thing is to answer their queries as fast as I can and hope they don't get rear ended and end our walk. Generally the people of Connecticut are better than most states about road safety for which I am glad. We had a good day of conversations and I was surprised we walked the distance we did with all the stops we made during the day. I we walk only a mile and talk all day to promote diabetes we are doing our job.
I didn't take time to applaud the man I met on Saturday who walked across the road with his wife to talk to us, he had lost over fifty pounds in the past several months after being told he was on the verge of becoming diabetic and said he was still loosing weight. Sir, you deserve a star for your lunch box!
I Also failed to mention meeting the grandson of the founder of The Joslin Diabetes Center. We talked about the oncoming pandemic of diabetes. He is working in research and his family is very involved with the cause. It was an honor to meet him. I hope I can do a small service for diabetes awareness, the Joslins' can help find cures. Again, an honor.
Now I will thank the people who helped us this weekend with snacks and advice about how we might find our way to step a foot in Rhode Island.. Especially the family who took us in for dinner and a shower Sunday. They have let us stay in the van in their driveway. With their help we are clean and well rested. Clean is good when you talk to so many people during the day.
Now to prepare for the day of smiles and traffic dodging with my son and Nice (the dog).