• jayt1122

Made it to Hamptonville, NC

It has been a couple of days. I am currently in Hamptonville, NC. I am 310 miles from Virginia Beach.

When I was in Johnson City, several people warned me about walking over the smokies. The concern is that I would be walking during darkness (it was a 39 mile walk), there were a lot of roadway without any shoulder and it is a tourist area with a lot of intoxicated drivers. I fortunately met Alex who gave me a ride over the hill.

The next day I walked to Wilkesboro, 32 mile walk. Today I walked to Hamptonville, 26 mile walk. Both days were very therapeutic. The roads were either large four lane with fast traffic or backroads with minimal traffic. As a result I had a lot of time to think, plan and pray.

It is interesting to see so many churches that have cemeteries adjacent to them.

When I got to Boone, NC I called seven hotels but they were all sold out. I later discovered that this was the weekend that all the trees were supposed to turn colors. Due to the heat, they have not changed yet. I had to upgrade my choices and go to a very nice hotel. I lucked out as when I showed up and they found out what I was doing, they upgraded me and gave me a jacuzzi suite. I immediately went to Dollar General and bought a bag of Epsom salts. I stayed in the jacuzzi for about two hours and watched the baseball game.

Tomorrow I am on my way toward Winston-Salem, NC.

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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.