Checking in from Ramseur, NC…
Shortly after the start of my walk this morning, I heard a distinctive “whoop” as a sheriff’s car pulled up. First thought, what have I done wrong? Chatham County Deputy Sheriff Chris Burger told me that he and his fellow officers had learned about my trip, had seen me walking and just wanted to offer their congratulations and good wishes. Of course, it was a great pleasure to shake Deputy Burger’s hand and thank him and his compatriots. And it was a relief to not be in trouble with the long arm of the law.
Lunch was at the famous Johnson’s Hamburgers. This place has been operating out of the same location for two years longer than I have been alive. Definitely, an oldie but a goodie. Our waitress, Michelle Teague, was a gem. Just full of personality and totally interested in our venture. She made the stop fun, and, yes, the burgers were really good. But not on your everyday heart-healthy diet plan.
Prior to my afternoon walk, Brenda and I got a chance to walk around the historic downtown section of Siler City. The highlight for us was a visit to the Farmers Alliance store which is celebrating 123 years in business. We met a gracious lady, Ms. Nancy Tysor, whose grandfather started this wonderful business. Farmers Alliance is a combination farm supply, general store, western wear, clothing and shoe department store. If they don’t have it, you really don’t need it. We loved the history and old timey feel to the place. Thanks, Ms. Tysor, for your insights on the history of Siler City and for your contribution to the American Heart Association for Heart Trek USA.
While at Farmers Alliance, we got a copy of the March 22 The Chatham News (which came out on the 21st). A very nice story about my walk was featured on the front page. Thanks to Reporter Bill Willcox for the article and the publicity.
As we left Siler City, we said goodbye to new friends at Old North State Trust who had allowed us to park our RV behind their building. Carolyn Leggett and Kim York were so friendly, interested and helpful. My afternoon walk took me through Ramseur (where we are parked at Community One Bank) to just east of Asheboro. Total mileage for the day was 23 miles.
By request for those who are interested, I will try to post a projected walk schedule in case anyone can join me to walk a ways or just come out and say hello. I must add a caveat that lots of factors (weather, health, etc) can cause this schedule to change. With that in mind, here goes:
Thursday, March 22 … east of Asheboro to about 15 miles west of Asheboro on Hwy 49
Friday, March 23 … still on Hwy 49 west of Richfield
Saturday, March 24 … through Mt. Pleasant to Harrisburg again on Hwy 49
Sunday, March 25 AM … down N. Tryon Street to approximately Sugar Creek Rd
Sunday, March 25 PM … N. Tryon to Wilkinson Blvd (Hwy 74) to Little Rock Rd