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Rosie resumes her trek

Rosie Swale Pope, the seasoned adventurer who set off on foot three years ago determined to walk around the world promoting cancer awareness left Grand Forks on Thursday.

Rosie Swale Pope, the seasoned adventurer who set off on foot three years ago determined to walk around the world promoting cancer awareness left Grand Forks on Thursday.

"I will have lasting friendships in Grand Forks. Grand Forks is special," she said. "I've never been quite so overwhelmed with kindness.

"It does help a great deal, because it is hard work," she said.

Swale Pope got herself and her cart, "Charlie," packed up poolside at the Ramada Inn about 11 a.m. Thursday.

Sure Foot founders Jon and Van Larson were there to see her off. The company provided her with "Insulator" insoles to keep her feet warm, comfortable and dry. She also has been supplied with the company's "Get a Grip" traction aide for her footwear.

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Cabela's also donated items to help replenish some of her gear. She said she is extremely grateful to all the people and businesses in Grand Forks who offered assistance and products.

She plans to head out on to U.S. Highway 2 and work her way to Crookston. Swale Pope tries to average of about 15 miles a day, depending on how she is feeling and weather conditions.

She is writing a book about her walk around the world titled, "Just a Little Run Around the World." The process of cataloguing her journey has been difficult as of late because of technical difficulties with her Blackberry computer, she said.

Anyone interested in donating to her cause is encouraged to visit her Web site, www.rosiearoundtheworld.co.uk .

Reach Nagel at (701) 780-1262, (800) 477-6572, ext. 262; or anagel@gfherald.com .

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