With another night of wonderful sleep and another 24 miles ahead of me, I was ready to go. My next destination was Amsterdam, NY and I was going to be staying with another couch-surfer, Howard who is a district Judge in the area.
After saying my goodbye’s to Debbie and making my way out of the town, smiles came across my face knowing I was getting even closer. 24 miles was going to be a good chunk to put under my belt. It was a nice day out. I am so happy to be out of the heat. I recall Nebraska and once seeing the temperature on a bank reading 105 degrees. Those days are long gone and ones I do not mind forgetting about. Now to be able to walk down the street and not be drenched in sweat is something I do not take for granted and walking with a smile.
The day was perfect for walking, scattered clouds creating a nice on, off sunshine on my face. There is something about walking during a beautiful day. There is also something about walking in the rain as well. Today was not a rainy day so those thoughts will be left for another day. I was hitting small towns along the way, constantly in and out of sight of the river that ran alongside route 5 and the 90. With level ground and little traffic I was able to move along quite nicely. I finally made it to a small town, Fonda, where I said to myself if “I see a Subway, I’ll stop”, what do you know a Subway appeared out of nowhere! I went in and enjoyed my favorite meal on the road. I also learned that there is a Subway card, something I was previously unaware of. I could have been racking up major points this trip! I enjoyed my snack and made my way back to the road. Walking in the small downtown of Fonda, a man pulled over and came across the street with bag in hand. He introduced himself as Jim. Jim went on to tell me he saw my sign but had no way of checking out the website so he called his wife and said “Hey check out this website for me!” and that is how Jim came to be. In the bag were a sandwich, snacks, and a drink. What a wonderful random act of kindness. The generosity of Jim and his wife was another was another act of kindness that still bowled me over. It could have happened everyday and the sincerity and love from each act put a smile on my face and a prayer to God. Thanks Jim and Jim’s wife.
I continued on my path for the day and finally made it into Amsterdam on a fairly busy part of route 5. I was not exactly sure where Howard lived so I gave him a call. He tried explaining to me but we both decided it would be best if I sat tight and he and his wife would come pick me up. Not too long after an SUV pulled up with two smiling faces that greeted me. They had decided to bring me out to dinner at one of their local regular spots. I had a wonderful turkey sandwich and a great time getting to know my new hosts. From here we went back to their place of residence and were able to continue to speak about our stories of travel. Howard travels often, sometimes with his son and sometimes by himself. His next adventure was to China. He was extremely excited. As I was getting settled into my temporary residence, Howard received a call from the police station/courthouse that they had detained someone who needed to be arraigned. He asked if I would like to join him, I accepted enthusiastically.
This is another opportunity I would not pass up to see how the people I stay with, live. It is another reason for using couch-surfing, make friends and be part of their lives for however short the time might be.
Howard and I made our way to the police station and courthouse. Howard showed me around and introduced me to the officers on duty, explaining to them what I was doing. We made our way around the station, showing me everything from holding cells to his chambers. When it came time for the arraignment Howard had me sit in the jury box. The man was taken in for driving with a suspended license. After questioning Howard released him and set a date for the man to return.
We made our way back to his house and called it a night. Once again this is another story to add to the books. I am thankful I have had the opportunity to see how Howard spends his time and what he does for a living. Thanks again to the Aison’s, you were wonderful hosts!
Day 142 Miles 2985 - 2989 (Fort Plain to Amsterdam)