What Was Learned

Tara and I spent two months living off of what we could push in two modified baby strollers.  We spent a few more months living out of our car.  We’ve never been happier even though we’ve never had so little.  Coming home and being surrounded by all of our stuff and things proved stressful and was an affront on our senses.  It stands to reason then, that when it comes to material goods and happiness there is an inverse relationship.  Less is more.

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The End

We had several reasons for attempting this walk.  One was to test ourselves and to see if we could face the various challenges something like this presented.  In that regard, we admittedly came up short.  But, we are so glad we tried, because it wasn’t just about trying to walk across the country.  As we noted in ABOUT THE WALK, we also wanted to confront our own cynicism. We wanted to “reconnect with friends, family, the country, each other, and ourselves,” and to “celebrate the things that unite us as neighbors, a nation, and as human beings.”  Regarding those ambitions, we met with resounding success from day one.

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Day 62 – Accepting Defeet

Our feet are getting worse, and other parts of our bodies are joining the fray.  Today we faced the harsh reality that we can no longer will-away or ignore the ever increasing pain.  There’s no amount of chocolate milk that can make things better right now. This morning, we made the once unthinkable call to get picked up and taken back home, where we can properly care for our bodies, ice our feet, and rest them for more than just a few days.

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Day 57 – The Body Doth Protest

Eventually, we had to say our goodbyes.  Mike and Connie drove us to Troy’s house, where we briefly met his parents, and then he let us setup our tent and take a nap.  He actually told us we could sleep in the house, but John-Michael typically sleeps better in the tent, so we climbed in our home away from home and John-Michael fell asleep immediately.

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Day 55 – Terre Haute Rest Day IV

This great group had such thoughtful questions, including “what inspired you to do this walk,” and “are you ever scared.”  The inspiration for the walk has been addressed here.  In answer to the question about being scared, the answer was yes.  We told the class that the traffic can be scary, storms can be scary, and so can the possibility of encountering wild animals.  However, thinking about this question more as we drove home, a better answer is

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