Thanks McCormick family for putting me up for the night near Harrisburg, IL. I arrived pretty distressed from my longest day yet (80 miles) during brutal temperatures nearing 100 degrees. Eva was practicing the piano when I arrived, totally sun-burned and nearing heat exhaustion. She brought me life giving watermelon and ice water!!!!
We enjoyed dinner and breakfast and talked about my trip, and I learned they too are hoping to do a similar trip as a complete family (of 6) in the coming years. It was during these conversations I realized how truly lucky I am to be able to be making this voyage. We parted ways with a family blessing for me, which is something I'll always remember.