• jayt1122

A great day

I made it it to Durham before the storm hit. The walk was very pleasant. I took a route that had a good shoulder to walk on.

Outside of Durham I stopped at a gas station to get a drink. I met retired Marine, Ronald Watkins. We talked for about 40 minutes about incredible topics. Ronald asked if I needed anything. I did not. He asked if he could buy me a cup of coffee. Absolutely. His response was so perfect. He said, “Don’t take that blessing away from me”. Prior to leaving leaving, he said a prayer for me. As I left I was so happy of the blessings that came my way.

When I arrived in Durham, I met Ben. Ben is also walking across the United States. He started in Boston and is heading on a Southern Route to California. We talked for awhile about our experiences. We exchanged some good stories.

As I got into my hotel room, Ben texted me and asked me if I wanted to go get dinner. Absolutely. We went to an all you can eat Japanese buffet. The buffet was very interesting. All the food was on a conveyor belt. We stayed for almost two hours talking. It was awesome to actually meet someone that is doing the same as me.

I am scheduled to go to Wake Forest tomorrow. I may have an unexpected surprise tomorrow evening.

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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.