• jayt1122

Long and winding road

The day started off great. Kevin and his wife, Daisy stopped on their way to North Carolina and took me to breakfast. It was so awesome to see them drive up and wearing the GodandCops shirt. On their way out, they contributed to the Widow and Orphans Fund. Thank you. It is amazing the people that have affected me on this trip. Kevin is one.

The walk today was 17 miles but felt like 30. Kevin warned me about that. There was a lot of steep hills and continual inclines. In addition to the hills, the road was winding, a lot of blind spots and no shoulders. Overall the drivers were pretty good and gave me enough room.

When I got to the hotel, my legs and butt were burning. I am currently in the tub with Epsom salts.

Tomorrow I am on my to Knoxville. My planning is really poor as most of the hotels were sold out. #3 Georgia is playing at Tennessee on Saturday. I found a room, but it was highway robbery.

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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.