I began a global pilgrimage to end poverty back on June 5, but unfortunately I haven’t been doing a very good job of keeping a daily log book of all the events and things that happen each day along a journey like this.
That is something I shall attempt to remedy now! And so I will give you this (somewhat) concise overview of what has happened, as I hope to be posting these from each day from now on.
The first 10 days of this walk down the west coast went by pretty quickly (well, as quickly as moving 3mph will get you). I started at Fort Stevens State Park which is located at the very NW tip of Oregon. I was living in Seattle since last August, and had one of my roommates who was moving to Los Angeles drop me off somewhere along the Columbia River where I caught a short bus ride heading west. I arrived at Fort Stevens in the evening and as soon as I entered the “hiker-biker” camping area, I was greeted by two new friends. “Hiker!” A girl yelled excitedly from her tent window. Her name was Rachel. Later we gathered around a picnic table with another newly-found friend named Eddy. We talked about relationships, corruption in the world of commercial fishing, philosophy, psychology, mindfulness and…you name it, we probably talked about it.
I made my way over a couple of days to Manzanita, my favorite town on the Oregon Coast, where Rachel was because she chose to take a rest day. We sent the day in town having coffee and lunch. She bought a kite which, with two other cyclists we met later at the campground, we all flew on the beach.
I walked from there to Garibaldi, where an RV park had offered me a free night to camp. I didn’t meet anywhere here, as it seems to be more difficult to meet people at RV lots then at the “hiker-biker” campsites, but I thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep as it began to rain- all night.
The next day I walked in the rain to Tillamook and at this point I thoroughly realized the folly of walking in the rain while wearing jeans. “It all dries out eventually” I would tell myself for encouragement.
Over the course of a few days, I continued walking through Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and then to Yachats. At this point I had a decision to make. I was planning to go to a retreat for a ministry called Pray Oregon whom I built and manage the website, which was happening in about a week. If I continued through Yachats, my route back up to Salem would be quite difficult to foresee. So, I decided to take a short break from my southward path and took a bus back north to rest for a bit and connect with towns that I had previously walked through without really walking around very much.
My last night during this “rest time” I stayed with a host, someone on twitter who had seen tweets from my walk and invited to me to come stay at his house with him and his fiancee. We had a wonderful evening with a meal made of all organic products (many we picked from his garden in the backyard) and his fiancee, who is a chef at a very fine restaurant brought home some of the most amazing desert I’ve ever tasted.
Before I departed in the morning we filmed a video interview about my walk.
I went to the prayer retreat near Salem for 3 days. It was awesome! I connected with many “prayer leaders” from around the state and was able to see first-hand the power of unity and prayer through what they/we are doing together.
I returned to Lincoln City from Salem, went back to Manzanita to spend the 4th of July (because it’s my favorite), then continued south until today.
Today is day 36. I just completed walking about 21 miles from north of Yachats (where I had previously left off) to Carl G Washburn State Park. I feel incredibly energized and ready to march through the southern coast of Oregon.
Day 1 – 36 has been filled with so many excpetional people and if I were to write about them all I would have a book (maybe I should write a book?). I have been overwhelmed by the sense of freedom one receives from living with simplicity and on the road. Every day I awake wondering who I might encounter and what that experience will be like. Lives are being impacted every day, and it’s only just beginning… (day 37 to be posted soon!)
Thank you to everyone who has supported this ever-continuing on-foot journey!