My dad and I have been on the road for 20 days now. We have been driving the road miles of the Run route, and my dad has crewed for me as I have run and biked the trail miles of the route. Time has flown by as we have been quite busy. The last two days have been on the Cowboy Trail in Nebraska. Kudos to the Nebraska Parks Department for their maintenance of the trail. Some miles of the trail are in perfect condition - a fantastic running surface of crushed stone.
Thanks to Marty and Donna for hosting us for two nights in Davenport. We have also made time to visit with Gator, JR, and friends in PA - great thanks for their hospitality. And it has indeed been a blessing to visit with super Navy buddies Gerry and James in OH and MD.
With maps.google.com and mapmyrun.com it is easier than ever to plan a run route, but first hand knowledge of any route is key. I was pleasantly surprised to see two new sections of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath recently completed when we were in Ohio, and three missing segments of the Montour Trail in Pennsylvania have been completed or will be completed before the RAAoT runners reach PA.
Feel free to join us as the runners cross the country - in person, or via the blog, or join us and run the entire distance as there is still time to lace up your shoes and step into the Pacific on May 30th!
Pre-run meeting and dinner is in Elma, WA on Tuesday May 29th at 6:00PM. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us there.
Happy Trails, Mike
PS - Iowa is not flat.