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A day of solitude

Today was a day of solitude. I walked for a long time where I didn’t see a vehicle. It was great to be in my own headspace with my thoughts. I found time to pray for direction, release fears, guilt, shame and regrets. In several books I read a common factor for people to quit is not being able to handle the solitude. I believe I will cherish these times where I forget yesterday , live for today and plan for tomorrow. I walked 15 miles today and made it to Barstow. I am taking Sunday off to rest, explore the town and go to church.

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I have recently retired after 30 years in law enforcement and a few years in the private sector. I have always enjoyed walking form place to place.  One of my favorite assignments was working overtime in our tourist area.  It was a blast to walk around for about 7 hours throughout the Downtown area.

In 2016, I read a book, "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge.  In November of 2016, I decided to do my "walkabout" with God from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles.  I had a blast walking along the Pacific Coast.  It was a beautiful experience.  I learned so many things on this walk.  The main lesson was God was talking to me, I just was not listening.  He was there with me on my walk, I just was not realizing the signs.

I have always been intrigued about walking the PCT, AFT, the Continental Divide and Appalachian Trial.  The one trip that stuck out with me was walking across the United States.