As our fearless leader, Craig, just reminded us, it was 10 years ago today, May 25, 2002, when Kevin Cassidy dipped his toes in the Pacific (on the Oregon coast) and we started running east. Remarkably, thirty days later we made it to Boston, on schedule and in relatively good health. And what a good time we had along the way.
Thanks to all of you who have participated and supported us. It has certainly been one of the highlights of many of our lives!
In a fond memory of the trip, Bill Hodges, submitted this entry: We were running between Alliance Nebraska and Thedford Nebraska, on Day 14. I think it was 7 June. On the wall of the café in Hyannis was this:
“God said ‘I’ll build America from the east to the far north west
I’ll use everything I have, it’ll be the very best.’
He build many beautiful things from New York to Alaska;
He took a piece from every place and then he built Nebraska.
Majestic rows of corn and miles of rippling wheat,
Trees and streams, birds and flowers, green masses of sugar beet.
He erected Chimney Rock and the hills of the Wildcat,
He molded the great Pine Ridge and dredged the valley of the Platte,
He carved out the Niobara and the trail of the winding Snake,
He stocked an abundance of wildlife and fish in every lake.
He added wind and rain and snow and a dash of wintry chills,
Then he build his masterpiece, the lovely Nebraska sandhills.
Soft rolling ridges and great green valleys, land of the cattle call.
There he built Hyannis and the Old Timers’ rodeo, grandaddy of them all. “