• jayt1122

Blisters are hurting my feet

So I finally got to my location last night, Cherokee Truck Stop around 1:00 a.m. The walk was nice as it had cooled down a little bit. The thing I didn’t like is I didn’t get to see the scenery. I walked over the Canadian River and was on a long bridge. I wish I could have seen what it looked like.

When I arrived at the truck stop, I went in to get a drink. A trucker, Robert Fowler, came in and asked who was walking with the cart. I told him that I was. Here is what he said, “God told me to give you this”, and he handed me $20.00. I told him thank you and gave him a business card. When he saw I was walking for God, he replied, “God is amazing”. Widow and Orphans Fund up to $303.00.

I set up my tent behind the abandoned hotel at the truck stop. It was a nice grassy area that was very quiet. I was awakened around 7:00 a.m. by rain. It wasn’t hard but I was getting wet. I broke down my tent, without getting a picture, and walked over to the restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast I just sat and had coffee as it was still raining. My waitress, Shannon and I started conversing what I was doing. She was awesome and was interested in my interactions with individuals I encountered. She had a wealth of knowledge about the area and suggestions about potential places to live. In addition to being a nice person, she bought me breakfast. How awesome.

The walk to El Reno was nice. I was on old Route 66 again. Along the way, I had two puppies start following me. After awhile the owner came after them on an ATV and they went back home.

The weather wasn’t bad. It was warm, humid and lightly raining. It was almost 100 degrees and 75% humidity. The problem is the heat on the pavement is breaking down my shoes. My left foot has four new blisters. I just need to get to a hotel and soak. I get my new shoes tomorrow.

It is funny how God works when we communicate with him. Here is how God speaks to me and listens to me. Ira called me and said severe weather is coming and I need to hunker down. I then talked to my friend Jim and told him about my foot/shoe problems. I said that if someone came up to me and offered me a ride, I would take it to the hotel. I started praying for God to help me with the pain in my feet. Ten minutes later, Melvin showed up in a truck. He came out and handed me two Gatorade bottles and a cup of ice. We were talking about the heat and he said he was going to Yukon and would be happy to give me a ride. I thought about it and said yes. The best part is he has a tommy lift. I don’t think I could lift my cart into a truck. Melvin gave me a tour and showed me the damage in El Reno from the most recent tornado. Pretty devastating.

I am at the hotel and soaked my feet in epsom salt, popped blisters and put medication on. The storm has arrived and is raining pretty hard. I hope to take a couple days off this weekend.

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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.