By the looks of the outside, it was going to be a wonderful day to walk. James had established that he wanted to take me to breakfast in the morning before I started my day of walking, as usual I would never pass up food. Even though James and I were able to speak a lot the day before at breakfast we still had much to talk about over omelets and pancakes. He told me I should be writing down my dreams because I am in an unusual experience in my life and it would be interesting to see how my subconscious views it. I thought this was a very valid point, I wish I had done this from the beginning to see how my dreams have changed over the past 4 months.
Another important fact about the day was, today would be the day that my friend Tim would be meeting me in Elbridge, just outside of Syracuse to couch surf for the night and then we would be driving home in the morning! I COULD NOT WAIT!!! I had been waiting for this day and the next for a very long time. I always thought I was going to be in Chicago when the time came to go home for Jays wedding, but I had moved along quite well and made it almost to Syracuse. I had a smile on my face as soon as I woke up knowing today I would see a familiar face and tomorrow I would see family. I knew this would make the day much more difficult and easier all at the same time.
After breakfast we were back on the streets of historic Geneva and I put together my cart in record time, having done this numerous times before. I said thank you and goodbye to James, who was a wonderful couch surfing host, and began to make my way east.
The beginning of the walk started off with a park but not much of a trail that stayed a long the road so I decided to enjoy the finger lakes from a distance walking along the road and the small sidewalk they had. Soon enough this became a wide shoulder and I was moving along quite well. The architecture along the way was wonderful and a treat while I walked. I was going to be walking about 33 miles today, it would be well worth it.
I was able to contact a couch surfer in Syracuse who was willing to put us up for the night so we did not have to make the 4 hour trip back to Mass that night. We could meet some locals of Syracuse and some graduate students and see what life was like around this part of the country. Once again knowing I had a place to stay makes walking that much easier. I had passed through some wonderful towns and now I was more out in the country and halfway there passing through the town of Throop. One of the more interesting names of a town I have passed through.
I finally made it to Elbridge and to kill some time I got some food and waited for my friend Tim at Marks Pizza. I was able to speak with some people working there about what I was doing after they saw the sign on my cart. After waiting around for a little and talking to Tim about where I was, I found out he went to the wrong Marks pizza, two Marks pizza, who would of thunk it? He ended up finding where I was and to see him get out of the car was really cool, a familiar face and friend, felt good to be close enough for someone to drive out and see me. I told him the story about where we were staying and he was cool and excited to meet some local grad students. We made the short drive top Syracuse and met Mason, our host. He was a down to earth grad student studying to be a librarian. I have never met anyone who was doing this so once again, couch surfing has opened my eyes to someone else’s life. Mason brought Tim and I to his friends house where we met a few of his friends and stood around having a drink and getting to know each other. Everyone was extremely nice, friendly, and personable and Tim and I had no problem getting along with those we were introduced to. I was so happy Tim got to experience how cool couch surfing could be and the possibilities it holds.
It was the end of the night and I was ready to pass out after a long time of walking and meeting new people. I could not wait for tomorrow, I was ready for this much needed break!
Day 135 (Miles 2852 - 2885) Geneva to Elbridge