Running with lightening bugs! Walnut, Iowa
Friday, July 24, 2015
Yesterday, while I was getting unloaded, I realized they were moving really slow. I asked how long they would take and the guy said two hours. Perfect, I am going to take that opportunity to get my run in. It just so happens, I was near Aspen, CO. Beautiful but at almost 8 or 9,000 feet, a second day of hills and altitude. I knocked out 3 miles. By the time I got a baby wipe shower and changed, my truck was empty.
Usually, they have something lined up for me to load. I drove all the way to Denver and shut down for the night because they had nothing for me to get loaded.
This morning, I awoke to the truck computer giving me a load assignment. Ok boy, I have to be in Minasota by 2:30 PM tomorrow (Friday) or I will not get unloaded until Monday. So, I hit the road got loaded and drove until I ran out of hours that I could legally drive. I did not have any time to stop to get my run in. I ended up in Walnut, Iowa.
I rolled in around 0930 PM. By the time I got changed and stretched, it was 10 PM. My shoes started pounding the pavement. The lungs screamed a sigh of relief. It is nice to be under the clouds again. So, I ran up the road and there were fields on both sides. As far as the eye could see, lightening bugs were dancing. Fond memories from when I was a little boy flashed in my mind. We would catch the bugs and put them in a jar. They made an amazing night light for two or three nights before they died. Also, we would catch them and crush them and draw on our clothes with the fluorescent glow. Then run around and play tag. Then, I was in a small town with vintage houses and old churches. It was very quite, cool, and tranquil. The only sounds were the traffic on I-80 in the distance, the sound of my shoes slapping the ground, and my breathing. The schedule had me to do 3 miles today. When I finally came out of the trance of the bueaty and peace of the area, I looked at my watch. WHOA! I was at 2.5 miles. That means I have to go back 2.5 miles. Oooops! I guess I am doing a little extra. So, I ran back toward reality. Once, I got to the fields with the lightening bugs, I walked. I even caught a couple but I let them go. For a few minutes, I was a little boy again. Chasing bugs and smiling. What did you do today?