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I got a great haircut today

It is 9:00 p.m. and I am in Weatherford, OK. I just stopped at Braums to get a double scoop of ice cream. I still need to walk quite a distance, but I got a new blister on my toe. I am debating of what I am going to do as I eat chocolate mint chip and chocolate peanut butter fudge.

Today was a fun day. I walked by a barbershop and decided to get a haircut. When I walked in I was greeted by Gladys Garcia, the owner. She got me in and gave me a great haircut. She trimmed around my beard, but did not touch it. We talked about what I was doing and she was pretty impressed. When she finished, she gave me two waters and did not charge me for the haircut. She was awesome and got a good tip.

Later in the day I met my friend Jeff Campbell at a cafe in Clinton. Jeff is on his way to Washington DC and made it a point to stop and see me on his way. He is traveling with a companion, Rambo LeSassier, his dog.

A funny note, Jeff wanted to get a haircut and I told him about where I got mine cut. He went there and Gladys had several boys waiting to get their haircut. Jeff went to the assistant and had his done. Later a gentleman came in and Gladys started telling him about this person who she thought was homeless came in for a haircut. She found out he was walking across the US and felt that maybe he didn’t have very much, but he was super nice. She told him the haircut was free, but he gave her a super tip. He was really nice. Jeff told her that is his friend. Jeff had a great laugh as we were talking about my homeless appearance, especially with my cart. Jeff caught with me later to tell me this story.

As I was walking I met Lori and David. They drove up to me and handed me a $20.00 bill. When I asked if I could take their picture, they pulled over and got out of their truck. As we took the picture, we talked about what and why I was walking across the US. We stood on the side of the road for about ten minutes talking about the goodness in people, the media portrayals of people, how beautiful Oklahoma is and the persecution of law enforcement. It was a pleasure to meet them and I am grateful they stopped to offer me assistance.


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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.