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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dallas to Malvern,AR. to Cookeville, TN.

"The Road goes every on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say."
     - J. R. R. Tolkein, Lord of the Rings

Well we left Dallas yesterday right after Sheila's doctor checkup. The check up went good, by that I mean her blood counts are all great but they did a flow cytometry lab and they noticed some BLAST in her blood (2%) but it could all be normal regenerating marrow. The only way to know for sure is the bone marrow biopsy, so thats what she had and we will know the results in 10 days. So...we are still planning to hike the trail and visit friends and family and will deal with the news once we know what it is.
   Yesterday we drove as far as Malvern, Arkansas and got our usual budget motel from the ROOM SAVER book and it was a very bad place with Jeffery Dalmer lookalikes hanging around outside and ghetto cruiser cars with flat tires sitting outside the rooms right alongside the upscale status symbol carts littered about the place. The room was clean though....and "remodeled" meaning they painted it.....once... a long time ago...and the newly cut oversized patches of sheetrock that was just screwed to the walls covering holes....made by.....well who knows what went on there.....police SWAT team or DEA raids?? The bathroom was clean even though the tub faucets were loose pipes sticking out of the wall, but the water pressure was better than in some high dollar motels I have been in and I had a good shower....wearing my CROCS on my feet the whole time! The night was mostly quiet and we only got up a couple of times to make sure Farkus was not molested out in the parking lot and went right back to sleep after I propped a chair under the room's door knob! We passed on the free breakfast in the morning but did manage to say good morning to Charlie Manson who was just leaving the banquet room as we walked across the street to McDonald's. Then we headed to Tennessee! Now we are in another $32 room in Cookville, Tennessee, but this time we were amazed by the difference! Green mountains all around us in place of purple cars with giant shiny rims and flat tires. Not one shopping cart to be found. A nice outside patio with table and chairs for each room with a view of the mountains in place of and old beer cooler with a view of the motel dumpster! What a difference one new state can make...and Virginia is next!! We plan to make it to Damascus tomorrow and then on Saturday we want to bike the entire 34 mile Virginia Creeper Trail.
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   Then then the plan is to drive up to Rapidan, VA on Sunday or Monday and see Sunny & Share (James & Holly) on their new farm, Whisperhill! They just started their own organic farm this year and though we saw it just as they were moving in we cannot wait to see all the work they have out into the house and farm! Maybe we can even work a day or two with them and get our hands dirty and learn something about organic farming! We are not sure how long we can visit Sunny and Share as we know they are very busy witht he farm and markets but will next head to sister Sue's home in Trumbull, CT. and get ready to finish the AT. We have a 10 day period to sweat out waiting on the Doctors lab results but feel confident all will be well and we can start hiking again! Sue and her son Chase...who now I think go by the trail names Little Feet  and Crooked Toes will be joining us on the trail about the 27th of June. What a fantastic thing to be joined on the AT by your sister and nephew and get to show them about life on the trail!! Stay tuned......what an adventure it will be!!

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