Checking in from Anderson, SC …
On Saturday, March 31, my walk took me from Greenville towards Six Mile, SC where friends, Charlie and Barbara Roberts, live. Didn’t get quite as far as I expected. They live in a beautiful but self-described rural area. We parked our RV at their home and enjoyed a couple of nights of a full size bed and a shower that is more than a trickle. Most important, we were able to catch-up on the lives of friends of almost forty years. Even their dog Lenny was gracious and patient, putting up with the puppy antics of our little Zuzu.
On Palm Sunday, the Roberts invited us to join their worship service at Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church. This wonderful 100 year old church was beautiful both in its physical presence and its welcoming congregation. After church, a lunch was served (a regular occurrence at Lawrence Chapel), and we were able to share the story of my walk for heart health. The children of the church gathered on the front steps of the chapel to wish us well with little hands forming hearts. Brenda and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Lawrence Chapel.
After lunch, I walked a little over 15 miles on some very hilly roads into Clemson (aka Tiger Town). Over the last two miles, Stephen and Robin Roberts and their daughters, Caitlin and Lauren, walked with me. Stephen is the oldest son of Charlie and Barbara and a fellow banker. When the walk was completed, we got a brief tour of the town and university including the legendary Frank Howard Field (aka Death Valley). The campus is very attractive and not at all what I expected. It is easy to see why Clemson fans are so loyal and enthusiastic.
Monday, was another short day as I walked into Anderson. We took the afternoon to do a little sight-seeing. This is one of the real pleasures of our journey. A freelance photographer stopped me along the way to shoot some shots promoting my walk. We were joined for a couple of days by one of your granddaughters, Reagan, who is experiencing what life is like on the road, living in an RV. Glad to have her with us.
With luck, I may make it into Georgia on Tuesday. Here is a projected schedule for the next few days if the expected rain holds off:
Tuesday, April 3 … from Anderson to the Georgia/South Carolina border
Wednesday, April 4 … through Hartwell, GA to just past Royston, GA
Thursday, April 5 … through Danielsville, GA to just north of Athens and the University of Georgia
Friday, April 6 … about 15 miles west of Athens on Hwy 29
Keep walking, keep exercising.