Day 15 – Dreams
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
All of our gear was covered in frost and our tent was thinly layered in ice. We enjoyed a breakfast of granola and energy bars that had been provided by Melinda and Millie. Once we got out of the woods and onto the road, we were warmed by the sun and the frost melted off of our gear.
It was a short and pleasant walk into Chambursburg.
We stopped to have lunch and as we were just about to start walking again, a car pulled up. It was Roy, the groundskeeper from Mister Ed’s that we met the previous day, and his wife Doris. They wanted to say hi, give us their support, and see how we fared on the trail.
We continued into Chambersburg and stopped to warm up and rest with coffee and milk. As we were sitting and sipping our drinks, Oscar and Sandra came in to ask if we were the ones walking across the country (they saw our carts parked outside). After confirming that we were the walkers, we learned that Oscar and Sandra had long dreamt of taking a year off to drive around the 48 contiguous states in an RV. They were 10 states into their trek when life, as it is wont to do, got in the way. Sandra lamented that the RV now sits in their driveway with a For Sale sign on it. Sandra, with a sparkle in her eye, thanked us for rekindling their dream. Oscar and Sandra gave us their contact information and generously offered to come help us if we ran into any trouble over the next several hundred miles. It’s so nice to know there are people out there looking out for our well-being.
We knew the mountains were going to get a bit more serious the following day, so we only walked a bit further, checked into a motel, and rested while getting the blog caught up.