In case you missed it, I’m attempting to walk across Connecticut. Starting in Voluntown near the RI border and (hopefully) ending in Greenwich. Check out my recaps from Day 1, Day 2, Day 4, Day 5 and Day 6.
Today was a little rough. I walked more than 30 miles and my legs are starting to revolt. I’ve made it 71 miles so far and even though my muscles are achy, it’s been incredible to talk to so many people. Here’s what I saw today on my trek from Chester to East Haven.
On my walk through to Madison, I stopped into a gas station and talked to a man named James. James works in drywall, he’s making about $15 an hour and he has four kids. Despite working 50 hours a week, James still needs to rely on food stamps to feed his kids. Two of James’s children have special needs — one is blind and one has autism — and taking care of them is expensive. Despite working hard and playing by the rules James is still struggling to get by. And he’s not alone. There are thousands of people in Connecticut and millions across the country who work hard and still struggle just to get by. We need to do more to make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top.
Today was not easy on my legs but the more I walk the more I am convinced that I’m getting exactly what I hoped for from this project — a chance to see the state in a new way, and hear directly from the people I represent about the issues that matter most. Tomorrow I officially trade in country roads for city streets as I go from East Haven to Bridgeport. I hope you’ll continue to follow along.
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