Small world indeed. I coach a young pastor named Bryan Buck at City Church Eastside in Atlanta, where I am on staff. He forwarded your piece. Says you and his sister Cassidy were friends in High School. Happy to send along a copy of my book from one author to another if you dm me an address @GreggBurch. Each chapter has the questions I was wrestling with in that chapter of the journey and space for you to journal your response.
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Small World. My wife and I met your father on his walk across America. We had spent three months camping across the American West in the Spring of 1973. In the Fall we took off again, heading up the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail from Atlanta to Maine. We spent the winter in Vermont. A couple of weeks in, we were camping on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. A bear came into our camp at night, got into our cooler and tore our tent up. Thought we were going to die. We left our disheveled campsite and drove to a small town for breakfast. At that little cafe in small town Virginia, we met your father on the early stage of his walk. He had left NY a few weeks before and had made it to Virginia. We enjoyed a few stories together, and then watched him and his big dog walk off down the road. They refused a ride. We enjoyed reading about his continued journey.
We saw two Nat Geo articles about him. One was the trip from NY to New Orleans. The next was from NO to the West Coast. We never forgot him. It's no wonder you have the wanderlust.
BTW, John Muir was a major inspiration to us to go west into the mountains. Muir was nearly blinded in an industrial accident, and that was the impetus for him to go west into the mountains. He realized how precious his sight was, and wanted to see the world. We followed suit, and have been on the road less traveled for the last 40 years.
I blog about our journey and have written a book called God's Faint Path: wilderness lessons on leadership and life. It's at GodsFaintPath.com. I look forward to reading of your journey.
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