Checking in from McCalla, AL …
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Friday, the 20th was a short walk day. Some banking business in Birmingham and a TV interview occupied the morning, and then we relocated the RV to historic Tannehill Ironworks State Park. So I only got in a 7 mile walk late in the afternoon. I probably overdid it on Saturday, covering almost 28 miles and getting us closer to Tuscaloosa. Along the way on Saturday, a young man named Keith waved me over to his truck. He handed me a cold bottle of G2 and a Clif bar. He also handed me a red marble for good luck and a small vial of a gold liquid, reported to be holy oil called snipenard. This is the same oil that Mary, sister of Lazarus, rubbed on Jesus’ tired feet in the week before Passover and with which Jesus was anointed in the days just before his crucifixion. Keith wanted to share his faith with me and to provide some relief for my tired feet. I am grateful for both.
On Sunday with the RV in McCalla, I walked into Tuscaloosa right through the path of the tornadoes that hit the area almost exactly one year ago. It is frightening to see the devastation and encouraging to see the efforts to rebuild. At the Piggly Wiggly store in the area, we met two new friends, Lee and Paulette, who wanted to discuss my journey. Lee has survived two heart attacks. I stopped for the day at the edge of the University of Alabama, and Brenda and I got to visit the beautiful quad area that is the heart of the university. Tomorrow we plan to tour some of the athletic facilities.
The local independent TV station, WVUA, which is owned by the university, sent out two nice reporters, Jordan and Kristen, to film a piece on Heart Trek USA. They did a great job with the session. Look for a link on the website in the next few days.
Here is my projected schedule for the next few days:
Monday, April 23 … through Tuscaloosa to the Coker area
Tuesday, April 24 … through Gordo to Reform, AL
Wednesday, April 25 … across the AL/MS border to Columbus, MS