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Catching up with an old partner.

Today was a day of relaxation. St. Matthew’s United Methodists Church was next to my hotel. I walked into the church and sat in the back row. I kid you not, at least 15 people walked up to me and said they were glad that I joined them today. People were so friendly. During the service, they asked if there were any visitors. I just kinda stood there. The person asking said, “you in the back”. I stood up and identified myself and said I was walking across the US and taking the day off to be with the Lord. I got an applause and several people came up to me to bless me and pray for my walk. One gentleman came over, put his hand on my shoulder and prayed for my health and feet.

It was the most welcoming church I have been to. At the end of the services, many new people came up to bless me on my journey.

I met up with an old partner from Santa Monica PD, Terry McClintick, tonight. Terry took me out to dinner with several of his Air Force partners. We went to the Big Texan for dinner. It was great seeing Terry and his friends.

I have had a great several days in Amarillo. Tomorrow I hit the road again heading toward Tulsa, OK.

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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.