We are camped in Seward, NE tonight at a lovely park on the edge of town. Two days from now we'll be in Lincoln and stay in people's homes to shower, do laundry, and take care of personal biz as well as attend a rally at the Capitol and other events. Always so much to be done. I need to replace my (new at the start of the March) tent because the zippers are giving out. Today is day 145 of the March, I think. That's a lot of wear and tear on me and my tent!
Other notable Nebraska challenges:
- Poison ivy (two really bad cases)
- Mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks, etc
- heat and humidity which really zap us walking 15 - 20 miles per day
- storms, hail, and threats of tornadoes
- endless miles of corn and soybeans - totally monoculture and GMO agriculture, although an organic farmer marched with us for a few days
- CAFO's (confined animal feeding operations) which are Inhumane and unhealthy for animals and consumers and stink like crazy.
On the bright side, Nebraskans have been very welcoming and hospitable. We have received and will receive 300 pies as we cross the state!
Our financial situation remains very tight, but we are still making our way. I have walked here every step from the Port of LA, and am in good shape. Have had a couple of days of extreme exhaustion due to heat, but have made it ok. We look after one another beautifully.
Looking forward to crossing into Iowa across the Missouri River at Council Bluffs on 7/31. Expect to be in Iowa City on 8/20.
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