Tuesday, June 15
I have now walked the 65 miles from the ocean's edge to my door. I arrived home at 1:30 yesterday afternoon tired and sore but feeling quite good. The weather has been cooperative, I've had a chance to test the trailer, and I have already gone 1/50 of my trip!
Yesterday, I had my first interviews with people. I was walking along the road and ran into a man begging for change on a street corner. I sat down and we talked about his life situation. He allowed me to take his photo after I assured him it would be treated with respect (even the downtrodden want respect). I gave him $5, shook his hand, and we wished each other well. Still savoring the good feelings from this first encounter, I soon stopped to chat with some men drinking beer on a park bench. At first defensive, they soon dropped their gurad and we had a friendly interaction in the hot afternoon sun. They were very appreciative that anyone would ask for their opinions and offered me a beer (which I declined). As I walked away they wished me well.
I will be home until Thursday. This small break will allow for last minute adjustments before taking off. Having hauled my trailer 65 miles up and down hills has me thinking again of how to lighten my load. I will separate things into three piles: necessary; probably necessary; not necessary. This will be a most difficult chore.
I wish to acknowledge some acts of kindness and express my thanks to:
- the little boy who gave me $5 and an orange before driving away with his grandmother.
- a civil libertarian on the Oregon beach who gave me much encouragement.
- a war protester on a hot Florence sidewalk who handed me $7.
- a man at the market who thanked me and gave me $2.
- the couple who stopped to give me some Gatorade and well wishes.
- the many cars who gave me a wide berth when passing.
- the men who allowed me an interview.
- to the gods for the 26 cents I found along the road.
- to the my students who walked with me to begin my journey.
- and mostly, to my dear wife Cynthia and her support of my adventure.