My pace was slow. I was tired. I contemplated whether or not to take a siesta. I started to get dizzy just around 11 a.m. I found a banquet hall that looked abandoned. I hung out in the shade outside.
It was the kick I needed to get into town. I also heard from the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store on North Piedras. They told me they were expecting me! I wasn’t sure what that meant, but it sure was motivating. I decided to walk through the heat of the day. At quarter to noon, I chugged some water and hit sidewalk.
I needed shoes. The nikes I had been wearing were cutting up my feet badly. It actually hurt to walk. I found some moccasin slippers that were a couple sizes too big. They were soft and would do.
I also found a baby carrier. It was made by L.L. Bean and was in good condition. It was the closet thing to a backpack I could use. I knew the little stroller could not handle too much weight. If I carried my personals on my back, I could use the little stroller for food and water.
I checked out with the moccasins, a baby carrier, and a light and white long sleeve shirt. I thanked Rudy and hurriedly hit the sidewalk. I was trying to make the vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
I was feeling down for some reason. I just started walking.
I wasn’t even sure what direction I was heading. I didn’t pay attention to the weight on my shoulders. I didn’t care about my aching feet. I knew I should stop and drink and eat something. I just kept moving.
I saw a lot of beautiful things, and yet I didn’t take many pictures. The mountains were amazing. I saw the most beautiful sunset I have seen on this journey so far. It set right on the mesa. There were lots of cars, but it was somehow quiet. I smiled and headed off into the night.
After a couple hours, I stopped at a McDonald’s and drank some powerade. I rehydrated and charged my phone. I made a list of everything I needed. I found a Little Caesars and bought a cheap pizza. I made myself eat a few slices and saved the rest for the morning.
I wandered around looking for a place to sleep. I eventually found a high school and set up my hammock on some stairs down in a courtyard. It was well lit. With my hat over my eyes I fell fast asleep.