Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 061 - Montrose to Effingham IL

It was a sunny day with temps in the 50's and 60's.

As I entered Teutopolis I passed St Francis Church which was photogenic. Next was the Kountry Kitchen. Thanks to the staff that offered me breakfast. The homemade strawberry jam was awesome. In the 1970's there was a grill with the same name and spelling on NAS Guantanamo Bay next to flight ops. We would grab a bite there before heading out.

Timing is everything. While I was taking a picture of the old Effingham County Court House Nicole Dominique from the Effingham Daily News called to ask if she could do an interview. I was three blocks from her office. The article is scheduled to run tomorrow.

The city of Effingham's most prominent landmark is The Cross at the Crossroads, a 198 foot tall cross surrounded by smaller displays representing the Ten Commandments. It looked very similar to the giant cross I walked by at the Ohio / Indiana border.

After the walk I had my first corn dog of the walk at the Dairy Bar in Altamont. I almost always packed my lunch when at Vanguard. One time they had corn dogs. I told Joan I had a gourmet lunch and she immediately knew I had corn dogs. I could never pull anything over on her.

If anyone wants to meet or walk with me you should check my schedule on www.ocjoan.blogspot.com in the ROUTES / MAPS section. Note: Each day lists the STARTING location. I can email you a spreadsheet if that would be easier.
Take a look and once you've decided give me a call at 610-906-6252.
A couple of people have made assumptions about the schedule which changes because of interviews, etc and have missed me.

Thanks for last night's lodging goes to Sean Ramaley the former member of the PA House of Representatives that I met in Claysville, PA on March 26. He sponsored a resolution in the PA House recognizing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. He offered to pay for the first night that I needed lodging. Amazingly I have walked out of PA thru West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana and entered into Illinois before needed a nights lodging.

Trivia answer:

When the five of us walked thru the covered bridge in Greenup on Saturday someone wondered why covered bridges are covered. Last night I called our resident covered bridge expert Sharon Smetzer. She is a fellow LBW member and was responsible for the AVA Covered Bridges Special Program. She confirmed that the purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun.

Trivia question:

Last week I crossed from the Eastern to the Central time zone. What event was responsible for the creation of standard time zones?







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