• jayt1122

Made it to McLean, Texas

I just made it to McLean, TX. 32 miles today. I decided I wanted to sleep in a bed tonight. I am at the Cactus Inn. It is very cute. I am the only one at the hotel.

This morning was so awesome to wake up underneath the cross. It was gorgeous at night as it was all lit up.

On my way out of town I stopped for coffee at Allsups. As I was sitting outside having a pop tart and coffee, Owiti walked up and asked me if I needed anything. I showed him my coffee and told him I was great and enjoying my coffee. He said it was going to be hot out today and how about a Gatorade? I said, “sure”. He came back out with a Body Armor electrolytes drink. It was great as we talked for about 15 minutes about God and how this encounter has both impacted us. We also talked about law enforcement and the issues they face. It was an awesome encounter with a God loving person.

Shirley, the clerk from Allsups came out to where I was sitting and gave me four bananas. They were fresh and great to eat along the walk.

It got pretty warm today. When it was about 100 degrees, Jamie pulled up next to me and gave me two ice cold waters. I downed one right there and poured the other one into my Bubba container.

I was able to see a bearded dragon, armadillo (roadkill) and an antelope.

The scenery changed from flat lands to hills and caverns. Along the way I had to take an unexpected dirt road. Although it took me out of the way, it was not too bad.

As a side note, Texas has the best rest areas. The two I saw today were designed totally different. They both had great picnic areas. I only took pictures of one as I thought they would be the same.

Off to Shamrock, TX tomorrow.

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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.