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Sayre, TX


Today was a wonderful day. On the way out of town, I stopped by Sandhills Curiosity Shoppe. The proprietor, Harley Russell was filming outside. Quite a character.

My goal was to walk toward Elk City, about 32 miles. The walk was beautiful. I was on the old Route 66. It was very quiet with minimal traffic.

I was starting to get a little hungry and getting ready to stop and have some lunch. All of a sudden, Chrissy and Gunner show up with two hamburgers and water. Chrissy said she was explaining to her son about paying it forward and helping others. What a great mom and I am glad I was the benefactor of her lesson.

I made it to the town of Sayre and stopped at McDonalds to get a drink. A man who passed me earlier was sitting in a booth. He struck up a conversation about what I was doing and why. Four hours later we parted ways. He was a local farmer and had a wealth of information. It was a blast to spend time with him.

Needless to say I didn’t make it to Elk City. I am staying the night in Sayre. Works out as I have to fix two new blisters.

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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.