Just a couple of quick notes about the last half of Lilyan’s Run. As promised, I will detail more in the next couple of days.
- The donations keep coming in! At last check we had raised over $1,400 for United Cerebral Palsy. Thank you all so much. Yes, the donation page will stay open for a while so it’s not to late to drop in a few dollars.
- The response thanks to the media coverage continues to amaze. When Ladonna told me that EMS1 had picked up the story, it’s very humbling to know. Friday evening after having gone twenty some miles I passed a man walking who told me he had read about it and not to stop. I’m pretty sure that law enforcement and EMS along the way were aware as they all waved, flashed their lights or bumped their sirens as they passed.
- Thank you all for the kind words. Just knowing that you were with me in spirit… I can not tell you how much that helped.
- Grainger County meant a decided change in the hills. They smoothed out and became long, gradual climbs. Unfortunately the 4 lane highway with it’s wide shoulder disappeared and was replaced by a very narrow and very angled (cambered) shoulder. My ankles and knees took a beating because of the difficult angle. At a couple of bridges there was no room whatsoever besides on the roadway. Still, the driver’s were mainly very courteous and I was really ready to find some flatter land.
- Knox County. Three great things came with Knox. While there were some larger hills there was once again a nice, wide shoulder. Daniel had come out to end Friday with me and joined me on and off for the last day. Just having him there was such a boost. The last thing was the end which meant a beautiful downhill through the Sequoyah Hills Greenway to the finish.
- My support crew AKA my dad and my wonderful wife. They mirrored me the whole time I was on 11-W, moving ahead 2-3 miles at a time. They warned others I was ahead, had food and drinks at the ready and attended to everything I needed. Without them this would have never happened.