Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 87: The expedition party grows

The governor (aka "Rick") decided to join the hike. Even though he sees himself as a 30-year-old "swashbuckler," he thought that, as a 60-year-old rancher, he could lend some credibility to my cause by joining me on my hike. And it's worked. For the past two days I've been interviewed by two news stations and two newspapers. His goal was to walk across the county--which we've already done--but he's decided to hang in there until his feet give out.
Our goal for Rick's first day was 24 miles to the town of McCool, where he had connections at the church. After 16 miles, though, the sun was setting and Rick's feet were hurting, so we head to the farmhouse of an acquaintance of his. Chet, seeing two backpackers in his corn field, waved to us, and then went inside and grabbed his pistol. Once he recognized Rick, he invited us in for dinner and beer.

Rick's sisters-in-laws, who have the XL going through their property, are devoted environmentalists, and have become our "press team." They've made contact with a number of news sources in the area and beyond.

Rick, triumphant, after getting to the county line, 50 miles from our starting point.
Rick with Channel 8 News in Lincoln, NE
A woman in the town of Fairmont, NE found my blog and invited Rick and I to stay at her house. A fine meal and grand accommodations.
Rick, Susan, Juanita, Stuart, (and Thai the dog on the floor).



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! The walk is growing Forrest Gump style.

Mike J said...

Dude, right on. Good thing Chet recognized The Governor.

strangerthanfiction said...

Nice for you to have some company. Way to go, Governor!

Anonymous said...

Ricky Bump been friends for 38 years hasn't changed a bit. Proud to call him my best friend! Go for it Bono! Support you all the way!!! Rosco

Ron Ross said...

Ken
Thanks for taking up the cause; you’re really a dog in the fight without a bone. I admire that! You will not find a better person that Rick “Governor” Hammond in the Cornhusker State. Good luck on you walk.

Thanks again
Ron Ross
Lincoln, NE

Anonymous said...

Proud of both of you for doing something of true importance in your life. Sending you courage and confidence as you continue on.

Anonymous said...

Hey what kind of bedroll is that you're rocking? A guy I was with in Afghanistan had the same one, said it and the sleeping bag he was using were a great combination, and I forgot to find out what kind they were.

a*fit said...

May the goodness of the mother earth and the Creator of father sky protect Ken each step along the Kenstone X Line, making KXL (keystone) only a bio-terrorist pipe dream, and keep it unbuilt and unburied as a stupid unreasonable greedy scheme.

dissed said...

Can't stop smiling.