Day 23 – T.G.I. Sunday’s

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

We slept well under the shadow of the Shanksville Fire Department.

I know at least one person will enjoy what we’re about to do. To the rest, we apologize.
A big “shanks” to the Shanksville Fire Company!

In the morning, we stopped to reflect for a moment at the 9-11 cross that stands next to the fire station. The cross is made from recovered beams from the World Trade center and it stands in a pentagonal base representing the Pentagon.  As Brad, the Fire Station Chief explained, it brings all three locations together.


It was another short day of walking.  Despite having slept nine hours, we were sluggish and cranky.  We had laundry to do, and Somerset was only 12 miles down the road, so we walked slowly and with little purpose.

Well, at least the front door is welcoming.

We stopped at the first launromat we passed.  While washing our clothes, we met Donna.  She kindly gave us a $25 gift card to T.G.I. Friday’s.  We’ll be eating well one of these days thanks to Donna.  We also met Marty.

Marty (in the back) and Donna

While our clothes washed, we all shared stories about dogs, horses, walking, and life.  It was a nice laundromat experience.  They are usually such boring places.

After finishing up at the laundromat, we walked a little further and found a motel.  In the short time it took to get us checked in and to our room, Roger, the motel clerk, covered a range of subjects including, but not limited to, Libertarianism, shampoo, the need for us to get a PhD, the internet, and our walk.  He was incredibly helpful, but refused to be photographed.  He doesn’t trust the internet.