Thanks


Jan 09

On this page we want to thank people who have helped us on this pilgrimage and people who have particularly touched us as we have walked down our path. There is a risk of not acknowledging significant people on our daily journey when we write a page like this thank-you page. We apologize in advance to those who we have overlooked or have just forgotten. That happens sometimes. We thank you even though we have forgotten to add your here. So with that, let’s get started.

 

  • 21 Nov 09 – Thanks to the Stockade Inn for upgrading our room.
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  • 24 Nov 09 – Thanks to the Comfort Inn in Castleton-on-Hudson for sending my computer glasses to us when I left them behind there.
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  • 26 Nov 09 – Thanks to Union Guest House in Hudson for the nice big room when the one we wanted to book was not available.
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  • 1 Dec 09 – Thanks to the Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center and Monastery for the free room and dinner and very warm welcome.
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  • 1 Dec 09 – Thanks to Christina, the Starbucks manager, in Poughkeepsie for the bananas and pastries that became our afternoon snack and the next day’s breakfast.
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  • 2 Dec 09 – Thanks to Ed in Beacon, NY for sharing his studio with us for our night’s stop there and for his pleasant conversation.
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  • 4/5 Dec 09 – Thanks to the people of Mariandale Retreat center for taking us in without a recommendation, something they usually don’t do. It seems WalkingEast.com helped them decide.
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  • 4/5 Dec 09 – Thanks to Gaynelle for inviting us to join in on the retreat to address anxious waiting they were giving as we stayed in the Mariandale Retreat Center.
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  • 6 Dec 09 – Thanks to Betsy in Hastings-on Hudson for inviting us to stay for the night at her house and for the fine dinner and conversation.
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  • 7 Dec 09 – Thanks to the manager of L Hostle in Harlem, NY for the room upgrade and the water bottle.
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  • 8-15 Dec 09 – Thanks to our friend Anna for inviting us to stay with her in her apartment in Brooklyn for the seven days we were there. Thanks for making our arrival at the end of the first stage of our pilgrimage so comfortable in your home in the tallest building in Brooklyn. The long walk across the American Continent is matched with the tallest building in Brooklyn. Thanks for all your tips for getting around more efficiently in the Big Apple. And especially thanks for our conversations and for your openness to our staying there so long as we made it through our decision making process about where to go next.
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  • 13 Oct – Thanks to Martha at Simple Pleasures B&B outside Tamesford, Ontario not only for dinner but also for giving us the whole night’s stay for free and for her wonderful Dutch touch.
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  • 19 Oct – Thanks to Sue Kenny and her sister Pat Harber of Grimsby, Ontario for giving us food and lodging for two nights as we walked by. Thanks to Jacqueline for giving up her room for us to stay in. Thanks also to Sue for picking us up in Hamilton and returning us there the next morning so we could continue our walk. Thanks to Pat for the tooth paste as we left.
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  • 20 Oct – Thanks to the woman at the little store west of Grimbsy, Ontario for the ice cream.
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  • 21 Oct – Thanks to the farmer we met on the road on the way to Jordan, Ontario for the offer for dinner. We had to decline because we were tired and just out of time that day.
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  • 21 Oct – Thanks to the woman running the Vines B&B in Jordan, Ontario for the ride to the restaurant in the evening.
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  • 22 Oct – Thanks to the woman the woman running the Old Port B&B in Port Dalhousie, Ontario for serving Granola for breakfast. It is the only place with it so fat. We loved it.
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  • 25 Oct – Thanks to the owners of the Red Coat Inn in Queenstown, Ontario for the dinner.
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  • 28 Oct – Thanks to Mandy and Christine at the Holiday Inn in Niagara Falls for the free night’s lodging and free laundry.
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  • 29 Oct – Thanks again to Mandy and Christine for setting up a second free night’s lodging at the Holiday Inn in Lockport, New York. Thanks to Gerogia, the manager in Lockport, for agreeing and giving us the room and a free breakfast in her restaurant.
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  • 30 Oct – Thanks to Bob and Pat Fox at the Garden View B&B in Medina, New York for the ride to the restaurant in town.
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  • 3 Nov – Thanks to the woman running the Royal Café in Fairport, New York for the coffee and baklava.
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  • 3-4 Nov – Thanks to my nephew Erik and his wife Susanne in Penfield, New York for giving us a place to stay for two nights and for the great welcome, time and conversations, and for dinner.
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  • 5 Nov- Thanks to Barbara and Bobat the Canal Town B&B in Palmyra for the invitation to a fine dinner.
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  • 7 Nov – Thanks to Mark at the Erie Mansion in Clyde, New York for the upgraded room, the house tour, and for the glass of beer out of three-foot glasses. Thanks also for the refreshing, non-traditional Bed and Breakfast.
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  • 9 Nov – Thanks to Bill and Jeanette of Cicero, New York for inviting us to stay with them for the evening and for the fine supper.
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  • 10 Nov – Thanks to Bill’s brother Tomfor the bagels and bananas the next morning and for lending his van to Bill so he could easily transfer our carts from the walking trail to his house.
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  • 10 Nov – Thanks to Doug at the Days Inn in Canastota, New York for the free night’s stay and for the tickets for the International Boxing Hall of Fame across the street.
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  • 13 Nov – Thanks to Mary Davis of Rome, New York for coming to Utica on a rainy afternoon to brightening up our lives with a few hours conversation.
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  • 17 Nov – Thanks to Artat the Hazelnut Farm B&B in Fort Plain, New York for cutting a couple bolts so we could use them as interior dowels to repair Petra’s broken backpack carrier cart. Thanks to Susan for the snacks for the road the next day. And thanks to them both for lending us their truck to drive down to supper at a restaurant.
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  • 18 Nov – Thanks to pat and Tomat the Window Box B&B in Canajohare, New Your for the ride to the store and restaurant, the good conversation, and the snacks for the next day.
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  • 19-20 Nov – Thanks to John and Jean at the Halcyon Farms B&B in rural Amsterdam, New York for adding tomatoes, white rutabagas, and good conversation to our supper.
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  • 1 Oct – Thanks to Angie of the Pleasant Soul café in Attica, Michigan for her wonderful spirit and joy and for the oils she gave us to sooth our daily aches and pains. They do help.
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  • 1 Oct – Thanks to Katherine who stopped as we walked into Kimball, Michigan and gave us a donation to help us on our pilgrimage.
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  • 5 Oct – Thanks to the guards and the driver on the Port Huron side of the Blue Water bridge for organizing and giving us a ride across the bridge into Canada when they would not let us walk.
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  • 5 Oct – Thanks to Andrew a fellow rider on a Sarnia bus. Besides his interesting conversation, he gave us a lot of information to make our way around town on the busses.
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  • 6 Oct – Thanks to Sue, the owner of Maefield Horse Farm Lodge, in Wyoming, Ontario for the special evening and wonderful introduction to Canadian Bed and Breakfasts. And thanks for the lunch package the next day.
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  • 7 Oct – Thanks to Marilyn and Leroy of the House of Angles B&B in Watford, Ontario for opening their B&B for us when they have had it closed for some time because of illness. And thanks for the supper and conversation. We wish you the best.
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  • 9 Oct – Thanks to Tony of the Tall Trees B&B in Mt. Brydges, Ontario for being so open and helpful when we arrived quite wet after a day in the rain. He gave us places to store and dry everything. And thanks also, Tony, for the wonderful home-baked raisin bread and Belgium coffee to help warm us up.
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  • 10 Oct – Thanks to the receptionist at the Guest House on the Mound in London, Ontario for covering the cost of doing our laundry.
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  • 18 Aug – Thanks to classmates Dan Freund and Tom Trausch for setting up and hosting a mini-reunion of the Marian class of ’61 to welcome us to Woodstock and to get to know each other again. You all look so well. It was a wonderful evening.
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  • 22 Aug – Thanks to Wally and Fran Stanwood Of Woodstock for having us over and for the wonderful meal and great conversation. It was great talking again after so many years, Wally.
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  • 31 August – Thanks to Marge, Aunt Annie’s friend, for inviting us to join them for dinner and for the fine conversation at that dinner.
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  • 1 Sep – Thanks to Aunt Annie for the repairs to our cloths.
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  • 2 Sep – Thanks to Cork for the sendoff breakfast.
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  • 2 Sep – Thanks to Marty and Aunt Annie for coming to McHenry after our first day on the continuing road after Woodstock. Thanks for sharing dinner and for the ride to the store to get Petra’s new hat. It’s still with her after 14 days. They have not decided to part company as the earlier ones did.
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  • 4 Sep – Thanks to classmate Tom Trausch for sharing our walk by walking six miles with us on his 66th birthday.
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  • 6 Sep – Thanks to Jim Bragg, fellow walker, who invited us to join him and his family in Grafton, Wisconsin for an afternoon of conversation and a wonderful evening meal hosted by his daughter and son-in-law. Thanks also to the latter for hosting the get-together. And finally, thanks, Jim, for the 30-mile drive to pick us up and return us to our motel on that foggy night.
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  • 7 sep – Thanks to the waitress in the Packinghouse Restaurant in Franklin, Wisconsin, who, in her excitement over hearing our story, gave us a free dessert.
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  • 8-9 Sep – Thanks to friends Mike and Karen Beres for riding us up to their home in Free Soil, Michigan on Gunn Lake and for the two days of conversation and friendship. It was great catching up with you after so many years. But like good friendships always, it was as if we had been apart only a few days. Petra especially wants to thank you for her first ever ride on a pontoon boat.
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  • 9 Sep – Thanks to Mike also for contacting the reporter for the Ludington newspaper so they could report our story.
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  • 10 Sep – Thanks to Joanne and Jim at the Bellaire Motel in South Muskegon, Michigan for the sandwiches, fries, wine, and good conversation in Joann’s home.
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  • 11 Sep – Thanks to Howard and his wife in Ravenna, Michigan for meeting us and sharing a meal with us. And thanks also for the ice cream after dinner. Howard is the trail manager for the Muskatawa Trail, the trail we walked from Muskegon to Walker.
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  • 11 Sep – Thanks to Sandy and the town of Ravenna for allowing us to camp along the Muskatawa trail in Ravenna and giving us a place to shower in fire station.
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  • 14 Sep – Thanks to Rick at the Franz Café in Rockford, Michigan for the lunch, for his conversation, and for interviewing us for a local publication.
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  • 15 Sep – Thanks to Tour-Inn in Howard City, Michigan for the fire pit and wood for our wonderful evening bond fires while we were there. It is a unique addition to our motel experiences. Thanks for all else also; yours was a special place.
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  • 15 Sep – Thanks to Cork and Diane Metras for the surprise gift we found in my cart 14 days after we left their place in Woodstock. We have already had a good foot-long meal with one of the cards.
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  • 17 Sep – Thanks to Charlene at the Mystic Café in Howard City, Michigan for the wonderful breakfast, fine conversation, and for calling the press to spread our story.
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  • 18 Sep – Thanks to Sheri at the Bass Campground at Townline Lake, Michigan for the free night stay at their mobile home.
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  • 19 Sep – Thanks to the people at the church picnic on Fifth Lake of Six Lakes, MI for the wonderful welcome and dinner when all we were looking for is a place to sleep 15 minutes under a tree.
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  • 19 Sep – Thanks again Sheri for the night at Vicki’s place in Edmore.
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  • 20 Sep – Thanks to Linda of the Saravilla B&B in Alma, Michigan for the zucchini bread.
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  • Thanks to all journalists along our path who have expressed interest and have shared our story with others.
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  • Thanks to all along our path who have given us directions.
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  • Thanks to everyone along our path for your wonderful hospitality. You have made our journey so joyful.
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  • Thanks to everyone who has left comments on this journal. We enjoy reading every one of them. I only wish we had time to answer each one individually. But so many things are happening.
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  • 16 July – Thanks Nancy Real for your gift as your drove past us walking.
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  • 16-20 July – Thanks Marty for visiting us from Quincy to Burlington and for sharing meals and your RV floor for us to sleep on. Was good having you around, even though it took a couple extra days to get to us with your mechanical problems.
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  • 22 July – Thanks to the woman working at the state park for the conversation and the bottles of water.
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  • 24 July – Thanks to the woman running the Riverview Motel in Oquawka, Illinois for offering and making that fine breakfast for us.
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  • 25 July – Thanks to Dick and Jenny the designers and owners of the Slammer B&B in Aledo for their conversation, the ice cream, and the tour of town including their remodeled railway station not a meeting place for town organizations.
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  • 26 July – Thanks to the people in the Hidden Lake Campground in Edgington for the cucumbers, the conversation around their camp fire, and for calling TGBH TV of Moline to come and interview us.
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  • 30 July – Thanks to the owner of the Super 8 motel in Geneseo for the ride into town for dinner at the end of a long day of walking.
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  • 2 Aug – Thanks Jim for all the information on the places ahead of us. We met Jim in Geneseo. He is walking west.
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  • 5 Aug – Thanks Bill for breakfast at the Giants Den in DePue, Illinois.
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  • 5 Aug – Thanks so much Don for a ride to the out-of-the-way Peru motel and then paying for our room and supper.
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  • 6 Aug – Thanks Ralph for breakfast in Peru.
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  • 6 Aug – Thanks Marty for bringing Petra’s fourth pair of shoes down to Utica when her third pair were more than shot. Her blisters disappeared after a day in the new shoes.
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  • 6 Aug – Thanks to Gerard of the Peru Foothills Co-op for not only wonderful hospitality and conversation but also for setting us up with Marcia’s B&B and a ride to it.
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  • 6 Aug – Thanks to the guy how gave us that ride to Marcia’s. We forgot your name.
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  • 6 Aug – Thanks to Dr. John Firehawk, a Native American homeopathic doctor, who gave Petra some healing ointment and said a prayer for our journey.
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  • 7 Aug – Thanks Marcia for your conversation and for the discount at your B&B.
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  • 7 Aug – Thanks fellow customers at Marcia’s B&B for the ride back to Utica so we could continue our walk where we had stopped the day before.
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  • 8 Aug – Thanks to Alfie, a journalist, for your interview tat was published in the Ottawa Times. We enjoyed the humor of your original article.
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  • 8 Aug – Thanks again Marcia, this time first for taking us to your friend’s lake to swim, for sharing lunch with us, and for helping Petra with a place to stay when the first one didn’t work our.
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  • 9 Aug – Thanks Cindy for macaroni salad and for driving up the road looking for Petra’s hat.
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  • 9 Aug – We aren’t done with you Marcia. Thanks also for bringing Petra her forgotten blouse. And we cannot forget the pie you brought along.
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  • 10 Aug – Thanks to the people along the road into Yorkville who invited us into their home for water on a hot afternoon.
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  • 11 Aug – Thanks to a woman along the road into Montgomery for who invited us in for raspberry tea. She said she walked across Idaho last year.
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  • 11 Aug – Thanks Ronach for your conversation and for contacting your German customer who came and talked with Petra for a couple hours.
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  • 13-14 Aug – Thanks Don and Louise Cerny for so much as we visited you and stayed in your home. And then thanks for the Pizza before the Elgin Coin Company meeting.
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  • 18 Aug – Thanks the Elgin Coin Club for buying our fourth pairs of shoes.
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  • 16 Aug and forward – Thanks Cork and Diane, my brother and Sister-in-law for giving us a place to stay while we are in Woodstock.
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  • 17 Aug and forward – Thanks brother Marty for letting us use your car while we are in Woodstock.
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  • Thanks also to everyone we have encountered on this journey, especially those of you who we have forgotten to thank.
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  • 13 July – Thanks Rosemary for taking time from your quilting group to fix Petra’s shirt. Hopefully it might last to Jerusalem but at least it may last through the summer now.
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  • 11 July – Thanks so much Larry for the day on your farm, the conversation, the food, the offer to stay overnight, and the ride to Nebo.
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  • July 9 – Thanks Joyce and Gery for the ride over the Hardin Bridge and for the lunch and good conversation. We enjoyed your company and talking with you.
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    Once again here it is a month and a half and more since I put the last Thanks in here. So here are the latest Thanks as of today, 4 July 2009. And, surely, with so much time passing, we must have missed some of you who we owe many thanks. Please accept those unspoken thanks even though we have stumbled here.
     

  • May 14 – Thanks Larry at the Longhorn Bar in Strong City, KS for your hospitality and conversation and for the drinks and dinner as we enjoyed the cool air on the patio behind your bar.
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  • May 15 – Thanks Lynda from San Francisco. Linda bought Petra a massage in Strong City, KS after meeting her only the day before. She felt anyone walking so long needed a massage. Petra agreed. Later I learned that there was a massage waiting for me but I was too late.
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  • May 22 – Thanks Stan in Baldwin City, KS for the pizza and conversation. And thanks for walking east a while with us the next morning. We will carry your soil back to the Holy Land.
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  • May 23 – Thanks Mike Gardner near Gardner City , KS who gave us two wonderfully cold cans of Diet Coke on a very hot afternoon. Then he gave us two frozen bottles of water to keep us cool as we continued our walk.
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  • May 28 – Thanks to the many wonderful peopleat the Community of Christ temple in Independence, MO for their hospitality, the tour, and for inviting us to light the candle at their Peace Ceremony.
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  • June 3 – Thanks Marcia at the Ryland House B&B in Lexington, MO for the meals and for trusting us to stay in your home for four days while she were away.
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  • June 3 – Thanks John in Lexington, MO for taking us out to a wonderful Mexican dinner and for looking in on us periodically as we stayed at Marcia’s B&B.
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  • June 6-8 – Thanks to Alma, who we met in Lexington , MO for several things. Alma took us to a Cherokee Christian information meeting. She also gave us some good nuts and dried fruit for our trail mix and a ride to Marshall in addition to a DVD (“Off the Map”) for us to watch.
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  • June 6 – Thanks to Linda at the Arrow Rock Inn B&B in Arrow Rock, MO for preparing a dinner for us when the restaurants were closed. And thanks also, Linda, for suggesting we walk to Blackwater on the way to Pilot Grove in order to make our day’s walk somewhat shorter. It was a comfortable alternative on a very hot, humid day.
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  • June 10 – Thanks to the manager of the restored historical Iron Horse Hotel in Blackwater, MO for the discounted rate to these two weary walkers.
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  • June 11 – Thanks to Delores and Virgil of the Pilot Grove B&B not only for preparing that wonderful evening meal for us but also for the joyful conversation late into the evening. And thanks for the follow-up post card we received. You are the only ones who have sent such a card.
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  • June 12 – Thanks to Lisa the manager of the tourist bureau in Boonville, MO. When she heard we needed a new charger for our phone, she offered to drive me to the Verizon store to get one.
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  • June 14 – Thanks to the ownerof the Abigail Bistro in Roschprot, MO for the loaf of bread.
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  • Thanks Robert and Maggie in Wilton for the chiropractic treatment, the food, the conversation, and for offering us a place to stay. And thanks for the idea to use Gorilla Glue to fix Petra’s tires. It worked and still works.
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  • June 16 – Thanks to the owner of Katy’s Little Lodge in Huntsdale, MO for the ride forward a few miles to avoid a rain threat on a particularly long stretch of road.
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  • June 16 – Thanks to Jeanette of the Globe Hotel in Heartsburg, MO for the fine supper when all the restaurants were closed. We especially liked the fresh broccoli. Try not to be too hard on Frank.
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  • June 18 – Thanks Randy and Jeanette at the Briar Rose Inn in Jefferson City, MO for an good discount, for an upgraded room, and for transporting us from and to the Katy trailhead on the other side of the Missouri.
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  • June 19 – Thanks to Vicki who invited us in Blackwater to stop at her place in Tebbetts when we passed through. Thanks, Vicki, for the dinner and the abundance of remedies for my bee-stung foot. One or more of them worked because my foot was better already the next day.
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  • June 19 – Thanks the cyclist in Tebbetts, MO who bought us our evening hamburgers.
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  • June 21 – Thanks the owner of Birks Gasthaus in Herman, MO for picking us up and dropping us off at the trailhead on the north side of the Missouri as well as for several rides inside Herman.
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  • June 24 – Thanks Michael near Augusta, MO for letting us rest in the shade of your trees on a treeless stretch of the Katy Trail in the middle of a very hot and humid day (99-38C.-with 111-degree (44C.)heat index).
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  • Thanks Gene and Jackaline at the Swan Haven in Augusta, MO for picking up my cart at the trail so I didn’t have to push it up all those hills.
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  • June 24 – Thanks Nick and Terri in Kirkwood, MO for all their hospitality, for picking us up near St. Charles and bringing us almost 20 miles to their home to host us for the evening. Thanks for showing us Kirkwood, for the ice cream, for waiting us as we got a new phone, and for being so kind to us. And let us not forget that you brought us back to the trail with our new mosquito dope. Thanks.
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  • June 26 – Thanks to “Ma and Pa”, owners of the Lococo II B&B in St. Charles, MO, for driving the “Kids” (us) around town and for the round-about ride to Brussels Ferry. We enjoyed staying with you and our conversations.
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  • June 28 – Thanks Gerry in Elsah, IL for all her hospitality and especially for letting us stay a week to relax and plan our next leg to Woodstock. Thanks also for introducing us to your friends in the Elsa community. Good luck on the Way of St James. Buen Camino!
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  • June 28 – Thanks Brenda of Elsa, IL for inviting us to the pot-luck at her husband’s remembrance day.
  • June 28 – Thanks to Marilyn and Larry, Gerry’s friends, for inviting us to their home for good conversation and for a shared evening meal in Grafton afterwards.
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  • June 30 – Thanks to Nancy and Mike in Elsa, IL for their hospitality and the dinner. Thanks also, Nancy, for interceding for us so we can visit the Principia College campus.
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  • July 3 – Thanks to Mike and Pauline of Elsah for helping Petra with her shopping by taking her along the store in Alton.
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  • July 4 – Thanks to several members of the community of Elsah for inviting us to their July 4th pot-luck dinner.
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    It has been too long since we updated this list. So here are our
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  • Thanks to Helma and Linda in Holly, Colorado for their contribution to our walking expenses. 16 Apr
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  • Thanks to Rebecca in Syracuse for her great coffee house and spirt, for her conversation and for the coffee and cookies. We enjoyed talking and being with you. 17 Apr
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  • Thanks to Jonice in the Syracuse Museum for her conversation and for all the bits of historical information she shared with us. And thanks also for talking about us to others, in particular to Lacy. 17 Apr
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  • Thanks to Jonice’s friend, Lacy, for the 12-mile ride on the road between Syracuse and Larkin when the 27 miles was to long to walk. 18 Apr
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  • Thanks to Chuck at Larkin’s Windy Heights B&B for not only giving us a ride to and from a distant restaurant but also for buying that dinner on Petra’s birthday. 18 Apr
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  • Thanks to the bus boy Tanner, Chuck’s friend at that café, for pushing the bill at Chuck in that restaurant. 18 Apr
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  • Thanks to the Spanish couple who gave us a ride the last few miles into Garden city.
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  • Thanks to Tony who gave us an autographed map of Garden City he created. And thanks also for directing us to Bob’s next door. 20 Apr
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  • Thanks to Andy in Garden City for buying our lunch. 20 Apr
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  • Thanks to Bob Petrus, who runs an old-time soda fountain in Garden City. His humor, loquaciousness, and spirit made the place a joy to visit both days we were there. And that says nothing of the great ice cream soda he made for Petra. 20 Apr
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  • Thanks to Gary in Garden City for the plane ride over the town and down to Holcomb. Thanks also for the necklace cleaning. 20 Jum
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  • Thanks to Joanne and Fred at the Sunnyland B&B in Garden City for their hospitality and for setting us up to stay at Joanne and Brian’s in Charleston the next day. 21 Apr
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  • Thanks to Joanne and Brian’s near Charleston for offering us a place to stay and our suppers and breakfasts as we passed through. We had a good stay and fine conversations. And thanks to Joanne the next morning for taking us a few miles up the road so we could by-pass a shoulder-less section of the busy highway. Thanks also, Joanne, for alerting your sister that we needed a ride a couple days later. 21 Apr
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  • Thanks to Curt and Enid at the Boot Hill B&B in Dodge City for the upgraded room so we could take a much needed soaking in a wonderful spa bath. 24 Apr
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  • Thanks to Joanne’s sister, Rebecca(?), for giving us a ride on the way between Dodge City and Kingsley. It was far too long to walk and your ride is really appreciated. 26 Apr
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  • Thanks to Susan and John at the Tucked Inn B&B in Kingsley for their hospitality and for the great private evening tour of the Carnival Museum there. 26 Apr
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  • Thanks to John at the Tucked Inn again for the ride the next morning to Garfield to make it possible for us to walk to Fort Larned. 27 Apr
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  • Thanks to Taisha and Greg at the Herzog House B&B in Ellenwood for specially preparing a room for us and for the great conversation. And thanks for the Summer Sausage. We enjoyed it for more than a week. And finally thanks Greg for waving at us on the way to Council Grove on May 12th, 13 days later. 30 Apr
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  • Thanks to Peggy Sue in Ellenwood for the cups and the good cheer we shared as we visited the antique shop she managed. 30 Apr
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  • Thanks to my niece, Renee in Lyons for picking us up when we walked too far out of the way. And thanks also for sharing breakfast with us the next day. 1 May
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  • Thanks to the couple who stopped to give us a ride to Nickerson when rain broke out. 2 May
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  • Thanks to Molly at the Hedrick’s Exotic Farm in Nickerson first for the upgraded room and then for so much fun with the animals and for her spirited conversations. 2 May
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  • Thanks to my sister, Edie, in Hutchinson for the great get together and dinner at her home. It was good to see you again. 3 May
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  • Thanks to another sister, Marcia, and husband Dan in Hesston for a place to stay and for catching me up on family history I have missed in the years since we last got together. 5 May
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  • Thanks to Marcia also for the Starbucks card. We are truely happy you do not drink coffee — though we think you do not know what you are missing. We have had some nice coffee with the card.
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  • Thanks to Dan for giving us a short ride north of Hesston so the distance to Hillsboro was manageable the next day. 6 May
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  • Thanks to Linda at the Outdoors Inn B&B in Marion for giving us the run of the house so we could cook and have Marcia over for dinner. And thanks for your conversation and spirit and for showing us your exotic little flying squirrels. I don’t even remember their names. And thanks for more conversations and the ride the next morning so we could get a head start on our walk to Ramona. 7 May
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  • Thanks to Yvonne and Tracy. They hosted us for a weekend on their ranch near Ramona. We had not only dinner and a place for the weekend but also the run of their home while they were away. We enjoyed our time with them and their children, Kat and Tanner, as well as visiting with Tracy’s father. And then there is the horse rides, the tour of their ranch operation, the sun visor, the jerky, the cookies, and the trail mix. Thanks for everything, for such a great and loving weekend. And we cannot forget the special stop in Herington, Yvonne, to drop off the sunglasses we forgot at your place. 8-10 May
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  • Thanks to the guy who stopped after a storm to give us a ride into Council Grove. 12 May
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    Beginning of the list

  • Mid-December – Thanks to Marty Metras, my brother, for putting a lot of effort into seeing whether he could embroyder our logo on our flags. He couldn’t. Thanks for the effort, Marty.
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  • Thanks again Marty for being a shipper for our CDs while we are on the road.
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  • 9 Jan 09 – Thanks to the SLO Hikers Group and Carol and Bruce for a great send-off party this afternoon. See our 9 Jan post for more.
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  • 10 Jan 09 – Thanks to Petra’s friend Anrea from the SLO Hikers for alerting her friend Kathy in Santa Fe that we would be passing that way, And thanks to Kathy for offering us a place to stay as we pass through this spring.
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  • 23 Jan – Thanks to the two young ladies we talked to in Starbucks in Fillmore for giving us two pieces each of their pizza. We talked of school and of walking.
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  • Thanks to the Carmelite sisters near Lake Los Angeles for the nuts and water and ride to Lake Los Angeles after they could not let us camp at their place for the evening.
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  • Thanks to Tonya and Ed for giving us a ride from Lake Los Angeles in the night to a motel in Pearblossom.
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  • Thanks to the Vietnamese woman in that same moter for her good words and encouragement.
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  • Thanks to the waitress in the Pearlblossom Cafe for encouraging to visit St Andrew’s Monestary.
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  • Thanks to the people at St. Andrews for their hospitality and especially Fr. Phil (?) and Lu for providing us with a place to set up our tent and for three fine meals. Theirs was a wonderful stop.
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  • Thanks to the cop on the California Canal who didn’t roust us at 2 in the morning from our illegially placed tent. He only advised us to be out by 7:30 or be arrested!
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  • Thanks to Sue and the others at the Silver Lakes Inn for their help and encouragement.
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  • Thanks to Sally at the coffee house for the coffee and good spiritual thoughts. And thanks so much for the breakfast and sandwiches to take along with on our way to Barstow the next morning.
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  • Thanks to the chiropractorCraig for doing good things for my back and for his enthusiasm for life and support of our walk.
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  • Thanks to Steve for stopping on his way east and for a great breakfast. Thanks also for the support belt.
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  • Thanks to Jim in Oatman for the tour of town, the beers, and the strawberry bars the next morning.
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  • Thanks to Richard at Cool Springs for the nice place to set up our tent and for sharing the food from his kitchen when we underestimated our needs and stood with an almost-empty pantry sack.
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  • Thanks to Suzzie for the ride from the Moon River camp grounds to the Avi Casino.
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Mar 10 – It has been a while. Now it is time to add to this list.

  • Thanks to Rick of the J&R Mini Mart and Café in Seligman for the two cups he gave us and also for the massage cream.
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  • Thanks to Floyd in Ash Fork who gave Petra a ride in his 1958 Chevy, her first ride in such a “big” car.
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  • Thanks to Abram who gave us a ride from Bellmont to Flagstaff when the motel that was supposed to be our stop was closed. You made our evening a lot less complicated and relaxed.
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  • And once again, thanks to my brother Marty who drove his RV to Flagstaff to have a cup of coffee with us and has been with us since. Thanks also for the new flags, Marty.
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  • Thanks to Helmut back in Paso Robles. He held our package and then sent it to Albuquerque for our meeting with the American Pilgrims.
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  • Thanks to our fellow residents at the motel who returned my billfold when I left it in the spa.
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  • Thanks to all the BNSF train engineers who have beeped hello to us as they passed us walking in the wilderness.
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  • Thanks to the 97-year-old Chief Yellowhorse, who told Marty we could park the RV anywhere in the several parking lots Lupton, AZ.
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  • Thanks to Ariel for her support and for stopping to talk with us as we took a break east of Gallup.
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  • Thanks to Mary in the tiny village of San Fidel for opening her gallery door and house to us when we needed to stop to get our of the heavy wind and use a bathroom.
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  • Thanks to Jessy and Dino in Correo for enthusiastically letting us park the RV in their gas-station parking lot over night.
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Added Mar 31.

  • Thanks to all those who worked on and made the American Pilgrims meeting in Albuquerque a success. And that includes everyone who attended with their stories. For without them the meeting would be empty.
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  • Thanks again to Marty for sharing his RV and his life with us as we traveled from Flagstaff to Albuquerque. We’re once again on the road now being helped by new angles and helping hands.
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  • Thanks to the many Indians of New Mexico who shared their food and drink often with us as we walked through their lands. Their spirit is great.
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  • Thanks to a special Indian, an elder, Herman, who told us we could not stay in Santo Domingo Pueblo one night and then happily gave us a ride ten miles up the road to Cochiti Lake, where we spent a wonderful night in a fine camp ground.
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  • Thanks to Judy and Ron in Santa Fe. They offered us their guest house for four days and shared their time and meals with us. And we talked long of her upcoming walk along the Camino de Santiago.
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  • Thanks to Sarah and Luke,Judy’s don and daughter-in-law, for hosting our Camino de Santiago slide show and for helping us as we laid out our path north of Santa Fe.
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  • Thanks to Kathy and Heather, friends of friends in California. They had offered us a place to stay in Santa Fe also. In the end we settled for a wonderful Sunday morning breakfast with much good conversation.
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  • Thanks to Jody in Chimayo, NM. We stayed at here wonderful B&B. She made a few phone calls and set us up for the next night in Truchas
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  • Thanks to Bill and Anna in Truchas, NM for some food and for a fine evening meal and conversation.
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  • Thanks to Bill and Anna a second time (Truchas). I left my mat in Truchas and was almost in Peñasco when I discovered it. Bill picked it up at the place we stayed last night and dropped it off to us as he passed on his serendipitous way to Taos.
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  • Thanks to Charlie in Peñasco, NM for offering us a place to say when we have never met.
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Added 12 April:

  • Thanks to Sandy in Arroyo Seco for sharing her friends and wonderful B&B. But even more thank you, Sandy, for talking us into changing our minds for the third time to go east via the Angle-Fire route. And with that thanks for the ride to the top of the pass to make that possible. We would have missed a wonderful walk through the valley had we not gone that way.
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  • Thanks to Bridgett and Bruce at the campground in Eagle Nest for letting us use their kitchen to cook our evening pasta. But even more, thanks for your wonderful long evening of conversation. And then there are the scones and spaghetti you sent us away with, thanks for them too.
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  • Thanks to Valerie from the Gallery with a soda fountain in Cimarron for the conversation, for the coffee and ice cream, and for the angel we still carry in our pockets.
  • Thanks to Valerie from the motel, the only other Valerie in Cimarron for the conversation and the book. And thanks for the ride to “Cold Beer” (Carmax) the next morning.
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  • Thanks to Banjo for stopping to visit us along the road and for the piñon nuts and arthritis-healing bracelets. It seems your Friday rain dance must have done something because we are sitting here Easter Sunday waiting for the heavy rain to end.
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  • Thanks to Barbara for her spirited conversations and for the heart and snack she gave us to help us over the Raton Pass.
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  • Thanks to Andy for the quick 63-mile (102-km) ride to La Junta when a wild empty quarter faced us after we had walked 18 miles (29 km).
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  • Thanks to Rob for giving us a ride at the end of a cold, drizzly day on the way to Las Animas.
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  • Thanks to someone unknown who left a third of a box of ice cream in the refrigerator in the guest house at the Whittington Center of the NRA where we stayed. It tasted good.
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  • Thanks to the owners of the Best Western in Las Animas for patiently printing several pages for us as I prepared our taxes a couple days before the deadline.
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  • Thanks to Jane, the owner of the Bird House B&B in Lamar, for lining us up with a place to stay in Granada where we thought there was none.
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  • Thanks to Renee, whose camper we stayed in in Granada, for lining us with Rella Ann, who gave us a ride to Syracuse on a rainy day.
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  • And thanks to Rella Ann for not only that ride but also for stopping in Holly and telling us so much of it’s history.
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  • Thanks to everyone else we have inadvertently forgot to mention because there are so many of you out there.
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