Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light for my path. -Psalm 199:105
As I was going through a small town headed towards South Hill last night I was stopped by a friendly woman named Amanda. I talked with her for a while before leaving town. The sun was starting to go down and I decided to plunge into the night for a while to cover some ground and to make it closer to the finish line. I was forced to picth my tent right off the highway. After getting a few hours of sleep and putting on my sweat drenched clothes again I hit the road and stopped at the first gas station that I came upon. As I walked in I saw Amanda again! It's a small world I guess you could say! She was kind enough to make me a breakfast and coffee for free! I planned on doing this trip with what money I had saved and the items and food that I packed, but I am always blown away by people's generosity. What an unexpected blessing. Just ONE of the many stories of kindness and generousity along the way. Also, as I walked into South Hill, I was dreaming of a shower to wash off the three days worth of grit and sweat. I was randomly able to make daily Mass at a rather unusual time (noon). Some nice women hooked me up with a guy named Doug who managed a place called Shepard's Inn who let me shower for free! I walked down the road smiling thinking of what a blessing something as simple as a shower can be. Thank you!
Throughout this trip I have also been stopped by maybe twenty, or so, police officers and park rangers. They have been very kind and definatly living out the "serve" part of there job. I have been given homemade cookies, fruit, directions, and even short rides to a grocery store or a place to camp when storms have been biting at my heels. I just wanted to say thank you to all that have helped out along the way.
I have heard I am about 120 miles from Virginia Beach! I figure it will take around 3-4 days and I will arrive either this Saturday or Sunday. It is still tough going, even being this close, but I believe that as I get within a day or two of the ocean (when I can start to smell that salt) the adrenaline will start to kick in. I dont know if I will be able to hold back from running! I plan to spend two or three days on the coast and relax and enjoy the beauty while reflecting on the trip.
Also, here is the latest Google Earth maps and SPOT tracking beacon link of my location: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0RqaCWQXIjE7D4bXX0MBtk3Xsm7XdnCAL
That yellow line reflects about 110 miles as a crow flies from my last location (looking East) to the coast (+/-).