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I’M REALLY NOT CRAZY…(OR AT LEAST I DON’T THINK I AM)

Okay, I get that most rational folks would never think about spending their retirement out walking through the American countryside from town to town, with no particular destination in mind, and unbound by any specific time frame…

GO NOT QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT

So why am I doing it?

My reasons are not mind blowing by any stretch of the imagination. I simply could not see myself spending the rest of my life sitting at home alone, occasionally having family members over for a cookout, or once in a while going with friends for a social night out. I’ve never been the most conventional person anyway, and the idea of spending my retirement enjoying the great outdoors, walking the highways of America and meeting lots of interesting people just totally appeals to me. I know that my journey will be incredibly difficult, and even painful and a little dangerous at times (I’m not exactly a spring chicken anymore), but I fully believe the rewards will far outweigh the difficulties that stand in my way. I love the freedom of no longer having deadlines, or the everyday routines most of us have fallen into. Walking across America as I please, in no particular hurry, and laying under the stars at night makes everything else pale by comparison. I suspect there are those of us would dearly like to do the same thing, but our obligations are so great we simply can’t. It also gives me a great opportunity to contribute to a fantastic cause, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. They are doing truly inspiring work with children, and I cannot think of a better cause to raise money for than their cause. If you would like to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital there is a link at the bottom of this article where you can do just that. In advance thank you so much for your generosity.

So those are my reasons in a nutshell. Pray that God will grant me his traveling mercy, lets raise a lot of money to help eliminate cancer once and for all, and who knows, perhaps one day soon our paths will cross, and we can spend a little time swapping stories and spinning a few tall tales…

I want to give special thanks to my sons Logan and Colby, to Nancy Davis, and to Jessica Millsaps not only for their support and encouragement from the moment I decided to make this journey, but also for their help in getting everything ready for me to go. Preparing for this trip would have been far more difficult without them, so THANK YOU!

ABOVE ALL ELSE, I can walk in TOTAL PEACE and CONTENTMENT, because I KNOW that all is Well with my Soul… John 3:16

Donate directly to St. Judes Children’s Hospital

HOW MY JOURNEY BEGAN

Read about how my incredible journey across this beautiful country of ours began and a few of the amazingly kind people I’ve met along the way!

Inspiring stories of kindness, generosity and faith…

Road Angels

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Starting the Katy Trail

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

My first few days back on my walk have been both rewarding and challenging. Rewarding in that I have made so many new friends and have been to so many new places. Challenging in that it is taking my body a while to get use

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My Journey Continues

July 17th, 2018|4 Comments

As I sit here writing this I have two familiar feelings coming over me, one of excitement and anticipation, and one of dread. While I look forward to continuing with my journey and walking into the unknown again, I dread having to say goodbye once

Travel Update

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Great news! My walk across America will continue on the 17th of this month. I have experienced no ongoing complications from my injuries, and I look forward to continuing with my journey. Because I want to be careful I plan to continue my walk starting

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Reflections

July 6th, 2018|1 Comment

As I sit here reflecting back on my first two months on the road I am still in total awe of what happened to me on almost a daily basis. Day after day I would get up, legs sore and aching, break down my campsite,

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Down but not Out!

July 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

My twelve mile walk from Welch, OK to Chetopa, KS was fairly uneventful until I got about three miles outside of Welch, at which time the metal straps holding my left handle snapped and broke off. I zipped tied the handle back on the best

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The Wonderful Community of Welch

June 22nd, 2018|3 Comments

Welch, Oklahoma. I was told it was a very small town with one convenience store and not much else. What I found was not a convenience store and not much else, but a wonderful community full of kind and caring people. Mere words cannot

Blessings Continue

June 18th, 2018|0 Comments

What an amazing week! So much has happened I hardly know where to start. After leaving Carthage I began my walk to Webb City but was unexpectedly delayed after experiencing boot failure and foot pain. I stopped at an RV park on Old Route 66

Leaving Missouri (Sadly)

June 12th, 2018|1 Comment

As I close out my walk through Missouri, I’m once again reminded of the power of prayer, and of the amazing and timely way in which God continues to supply my needs. Each morning as I begin my walk I ask God to provide me

Funding for my walk

I will be looking to fund the rest of my walk in the following ways:

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