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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Two Different Walks

Well, as of last night Scott has walked 209 miles of a 440 mile walk from Mountain City to Washington DC. A lot of people have joined him on his walk and he has great support. Johnson County has always been one that holds true to their beliefs and conviction. It certainly is showing now.

I have a Johnson County Civil War story about beliefs and conviction I will share at a later date but today I want to tell you a story about another man who took a risk and walked across America so others could share America with him. That man was Peter Jenkins, Author of the book, Walk Across America.

It was in the early seventies that he set out on his journey across America. According to his book he walked from Damascus, Va to Mountain City TN on December 19, 1973.

It was sometime after the book was written I had purchased a copy and came to the point where he stayed in Mountain City. I was reading the passage to my sister and when I described the waitress at the restaurant "with the diamond studded glasses and blue-black beehive hairdo" who pointed him to the hotel my sister says, "Oh that's so and so (her name escapes me now) she lives right down the road. We'll go down and see her". From that point on I was hooked on his books which, by the way, are still in print today.

When I owned and operated my bookstore in Twin Falls, Idaho I had occasion to attend a book signing by Peter Jenkins to promote another one of his books. I gathered up all of his books in my collection and carted them to the place where he was. It was such a pleasure to finally meet him and I can't tell you how gracious he was as he signed my books. I explained my story to him, he immediately flipped to the correct page about Mountain City and inscribed a personal message to me on that page. At that particular moment we were connected thru our memories and one I will never forget.

Scott, hold on tight to your beliefs and convictions. My opinion is belief is knowing your walk is right and conviction is action. Visions becomes reality through change and actions cause change.

As, always my thoughts and prayers are with you every step of the way.

For those of you who want to follow Scott's journey his daily walk to the steps of the U. S. Capitol here is the link

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That's it for Today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

I read "Walk Across America--" years ago and loved it. I think I read one of his books after that, but it didn't hold my attention like the first one. I think "Walk" came out at about the same time I learned of the Appalachian Trail, so Jenkins probably had something to do with my determination to someday hike the AT.