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I Made It

Well I have made it. I can’t believe it. I am estimating that I walked over 2,700 miles and rode about 225 miles. I went through 7 pairs of shoes and raised $1,100 for the Santa Monica Widow and Orphans Fund.

I am taking the train to Sacramento on Thursday so I can get there in time for my nieces wedding.

I can’t wait to take some time and go over my posts and reflect on this journey. Several times I questioned what I was doing. However, inevitably someone would write or text me, “You got this

“. That has to been one of my favorite sayings.

I am staying in a hotel on the beachfront of Virginia Beach. The weather is very overcast and rained a little bit today. I had a nice burger and a dark stout beer.

My walk today was beautiful. I was on a sidewalk a majority of the way. There was a wave of emotions. But overall it was gratefulness at the ability to make it. He guided me the entire way.

Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for what you have done to be there for me.

God Bless all of you.

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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.