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 again to my family and friends. I know it may well be months and even years before I see some of them again, and saying goodbye is hard. At the same time the walk calls out to me, and I look forward to meeting many new friends and visiting so many new places.
As I’ve said in a previous post my plan is to start walking on the Katy Trail beginning in Jefferson City, MO and to continue on that until I reach Kansas City, where I will loosely follow the American Discovery Trail through Kansas until I reach the New Mexico border. The Katy Trail is fairly flat and will give me time to get acclimated again to the heat and the stress of walking long distances everyday. It will also make it easier for me to get used to my new cart and the challenges that come with having it attached to a hip belt and pulling it that way instead of pulling it with my arms.
I have just about cut in half the number of items I will be taking with me this time. I am taking only the bare necessities, and have tried to cut the total weight I am pulling to under sixty pounds including my cart, food, and the water I will be carrying with me each day. Hopefully this will greatly decrease the stress I put on my body during the remainder of my trip.
As I get started again I think about all of the awesome people I have met so far, and of all the amazing experiences I’ve had. What a journey it has been to this point! Please pray that God will continue to direct my path and keep me safe, and that he will not only lead me to those that can assist me along my way, but to those that I can be a blessing and a help to as well. And thank you so much to those of you that have given so generously to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, and to the amazing work they are doing there.
Be sure to visit my new community website at http://freedomsroad.org/community. Once you’ve registered and logged in you can create your own page, create or join a group or forum, leave comments, ask questions, upload pictures and videos, and even write articles. This is a great way to meet people from all over the world, and to tell us about your travels and experiences, or even about the trips you would like to take. I will still be posting regular blogs on http://freedomsroad.org, but this new community site will let everyone get so much more involved in my journey.
Until next time…
Always Onward I Walk,