It’s been an extremely busy 4 years for me. I was looking for 2016 to be as busy, but in a different sort of way. Another trip across America, but not the same as before. Something deep inside of me wanted this Journey to be a little different.
The 2016 trip was planned in a way that I could spend more of my talking time with rural Americans.
Also, in 2013 when I went from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, I was on foot 2,594 miles and in a car 450.
The 2016 Journey was planned in a way that would allow me to cross America on foot every step of the way. This part is personal.
No time limit on the 2016 Journey.
I was able to start the 2016 trip on January 1st of this year, as planned. I left St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and my destination was set for Monterey, California.
Ah, but “Life” happened.
On January 25th, I headed to mom’s and have been there ever since. She lost her husband and best friend on March 12th.
I help mom, as needed, and I have maintained my fitness level. That is important to mom, my fitness.(she remembers before the ICU visit)
I have been able to continue my mission, albeit in a much smaller way.
I considered the 2016 Journey over.
Mom started talking yesterday about me continuing the Journey, in sections. This evening we had family over and spoke of it, in much detail.
The idea is to drive me back to Hazlehurst, Georgia, drop the BOB Stroller and I off and then I travel on foot to mom’s house.(she lives on the route)
That’s about 114 miles. No rush.Once I get to mom’s, we will convene once more and see how we all feel and then make decisions from there, about the future of the Journey.
Mom, Scott, his wife and their children want to help me do this.
They have offered to fill in the gaps.
Mom will not suffer logistically in any way. I will phone 2 – 3 times daily and would come home immediately, if she asked me to. Right now, her spirit is Strong for this. In fact, this was her idea!
So here is plan. On June 5th they will drive me to Hazlehurst, Georgia. They will go home. I will stay in a motel.The next morning, on June 6th, I will head west with my stroller.
17 days until the stroller and I get back on Highway 341 and head West.