• jayt1122

Interesting trails today.

Today was quite an interesting day. First of all, it feels like it has been awhile since I have walked with my cart. The walking done the past week was without my cart. It was nice to get back on the road with the cart and my supplies.

My map took me through a walkway in a public park and a cemetery. Interesting trails.

I watched a truck and trailer pass me and make a u-turn. As it came toward me it stopped about 800 feet in front of me. At that time I saw three large dogs running towards me. From what happened next, I believe the people in the truck and trailer saw the dogs and were concerned for me. I went to the opposite side of the road, and the truck and trailer started driving toward the dogs as they came out onto the road. The dogs ran away when the truck and trailer drove toward them.

Two girls drove up next to me and asked if I was thirsty. I said, “absolutely “. Thinking they would hand me a water, one of the girls handed me an opened half full cold Dr. Pepper. If your thinking? No I didn’t.

The rest of the walk was nice. I made it 24 miles to Crossville. Here is the rest of my route and miles to get there through North Carolina:

Crossville TN 24

Rockwood TN 21

Kingston TN 14

Lenoir TN 16

Knoxville TN 17

Dandridge TN 30

Newport TN 16

Greenville TN 29

Johnson City 30

Banner Elk TN 37

Boone NC 16

Wilkesboro NC 30

Hamponville 23

Yadkinville NC 8

Winston-Salem NC 22

Kernersville NC 15

Greensboro NC 12

Burlington NC 22

Mebane NC 10

Durham NC 19

Wake Forest NC 21

Louisburg NC 17

Hollister NC 24. No hotel

Roanoke Springs NC 25

Murfreesboro NC 35

Franklin NC 21

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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.