Checking in from Winona, MS …
Our condolences to our friend, Barrye Kirk from Mariette, GA, on the death of her brother, who passed away recently at age 70 from a heart attack.
Walking on US Highway 82 is very similar to being on an Interstate highway, pretty easy walking but pretty boring. Not always something interesting to see. Late in the walk Saturday, there was an exception. I came upon a steer with the largest horns I had ever seen. May have been a Texas longhorn that got lost in Mississippi. I felt sorry for the animal. His horns were so heavy that he actually appeared to have trouble holding his head up.
We enjoyed our stay at Whites Creek Lake Park in Eupora Saturday night. Really a pretty setting. Eupora also has a place in history. It was here in 1770 where the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes banded together to completely annihilate the fierce and brutal Chocchuma Indians.
On Sunday, April 29, my walk took me through the tiny town of Kilmichael where Riley King was raised by his grandmother from age 4 through 17 before he moved on to Memphis and became known as that Beale Street Boy or B. B. King. Mississippi bills itself as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” And they have a legitimate claim to the blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, even rock and roll. Particularly the blues which trace their roots to Robert Johnson, who purportedly sold his soul to the devil at a crossroad in central Mississippi in exchange for his musical gift. Many other Mississippi natives added their own touch to the music evolution and took their talents up and down the river to Memphis, New Orleans and Chicago. The list is long and includes the aforementioned B. B. King, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed (my personal favorite), Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Pressley.
Sunday night is another first for us with the RV parked at a truck stop. Just our six-wheeler among fifty or so 18-wheelers. Running with the big dogs. Not recommended because of the loud noises from the trucks coming and going all night.
Temperatures are projected in the 90’s for the next few days. Don’t know how that will affect my pace, but I can definitely feel the effects of rising temperatures. Trying to stay hydrated and be sensible. For now, here is a projected schedule, all of which follows US Highway 82:
Monday, April 30 … thru Winona to Carrollton
Tuesday, May 1 … thru Greenwood to Itta Bena
Wednesday, May 2 … to Indianola
Thursday, May 3 … to Greenville with the mighty Mississippi River in sight