Its been a number of days since I walked out of Peoria and began the trek east toward Indiana. I ate my way out of Peoria. Breakfast sandwiches and old, local bakeries in East Peoria were but starters for this Western Kentucky grub worm. Later came chicken noodles ladled over mashed potatoes, ice cream cones, and iced tea wherever I could ﬁnd it to break the heat. With all this eating I still managed to get 19 miles out of the city and began to see the !Illinois heartland. This is Ronald Reagan’s countryside.