A keen interest in taking better care of myself than I did last year has prompted a week long walk-break which, in this case, has meant a return to SF for the R&R and a couple of physical 'tune-up' issues. It's such a blessing to be able to make the trip home. And it's probably better than spending the red, white and blue holiday in the mid-west where American flags engender a near-religious fervor all year long.
On Thursday, the 7th I head back to my stopping point in Moline, Illinois. Some recent research supports a shift in route, to a walking path across Illinios that is part of the relatively newAmerican Discovery Trail, a semi-coordinated project connecting walking and biking pathways across the US. The piece I hope to intersect with in a few miles follows a couple of canal routes and a road formerly made of wooden planks(!) I am hoping that the way is adequately navigable for a cart like mine. Much as I appreciate the 2-lane highway, it isn't always so hospitable for my purposes, what with the unusable or absent shoulders. This has been more apparent as I have come further east.
While in San Francisco my intention is to spend as much time as possible near the Bay and/or Ocean Beach. For the sea breeze, negative ions and to watch the seabirds, especially my avian heroes, the brown pelicans!