Archive | January 2015

Day #171 – Continuing towards Grants, NM

Day #171 – Continuing towards Grants, NM

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As we arrived at the walk site, we found snow on the ground (and a little ice), but it seemed walk-able and drive-able, so Freedom Walker started walking.

I waited at the starting point until the time when he would be close to the 5 mile point. I was blessed to see the sun come out and the snow and ice on the road melt, leaving a shiny, but only wet, road. I drove on towards the 5 mile point.

As I approached the exit, I felt the car shifting slightly back and forth – towards the left and the right, so I slowed down to 45 mph. Coming up to the exit, I tried the brakes, and heard them locking, so left them alone. As I looked at the exit ramp, I saw snow and realized I should be able to get traction there, so I took the exit – successfully! I drove very slowly on the ramp and up onto the bridge to cross over to the other side of the interstate. Realizing, the right lane was a sheet of ice, I used the left lane, as there was slush and sand there so I knew I could get some traction. A police car approached from the opposite direction, so I pulled into the right lane and stopped, getting into a little snow on the edge of the road for traction, and I put on the flashers, until it passed, and I returned to the left lane. The police officer must have realized what I was doing, as he did not stop.

After I arrived at the place I would wait for Freedom Walker, I found a place to park off the road in the snow. As I waited, two police cars, a sheriff vehicle, and a ranger passed by. The ranger stopped to see if I was okay, and continued on. An ambulance and fire truck also passed by and I wondered if there was an accident on the side road ahead.

About the time that Freedom Walker came into view, the traffic going east on I-40 came to a stop and became backed up. Freedom Walker reported to me that he had seen the accident. A pickup truck, westbound, in the left lane, suddenly turned left, drove across the median, across the eastbound lanes (there was no traffic), missed the guardrail, hit the bank, and rolled over. The police told him the man was still alive.

This apparently happened close to the area where I hit the ice before taking the exit.

If Pastor had been about ten minutes earlier, he could have been right in that truck’s pathway.

We thank Yahweh for keeping us safe!

After taking a break, Freedom Walker decided to continue on. A snow plow had cleared and sanded the the side road that I would be driving on. The traffic was at a stand-still on the interstate, which made it safer for walking – and gave opportunity for much saluting – and some encounters.

As I drove on down the side road, I saw a couple of horses appearing to be enjoying the snow.

Day #171 – Weather on Way to Walk Site

Day #171 – Weather on Way to Walk Site

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This morning, we saw that it had snowed a little here in Alubuquerque, but it did not stick on the roads. We did not hear a bad weather report west of here so we drove to the walk site. As we did, we found that it had snowed – and the snow had stuck to the roads – west of Albuquerque.

We drove on to the starting point for the walk to see how it was.

Day #170 – Walking past Laguna and on towards Grants, New Mexico

Day #170 – Walking past Laguna and on towards Grants, New Mexico

Day #170 – Freedom Walker walked past Laguna and on towards Grants, New Mexico today.

Day #170 – Freedom Walker walked past Laguna and on towards Grants, New Mexico today.

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The weather conditions were quite variable throughout the day. It started out cloudy but not too cool, then the sun came out and shone brightly warming it up nicely, after which it became cloudy and began snowing/raining/sleeting. Freedom Walker was glad when he reached the finish line at 12.6 miles today before the precipitation increased.

There were two roadside encounters today. The first was a couple of Baptist men from Tennessee. They asked what Freedom Walker is doing, and then proceeded to find out if ‘he knows he is going to Heaven’.

The second was at the end of the walk. He had read Freedom Walker’s story, is also a veteran, and was sorry he had nothing to contribute to the cause.

Day #170 – Scenery Walking Towards Grants, New Mexico

Day #170 – Scenery Walking Towards Grants, New Mexico

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Monday, January 21st – A day for pace car reparis.

Monday, January 21st was a day off because we needed to get some repair work done on the pace car.

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After getting our cruise control repaired, we were told we needed $1,400 worth of work on the front steering mechanisms. While contemplating this, we drove by the Hoffmantown Church and met Tara Dearholt. Tara told us about her husband’s Auto Care business, Dearholt Auto Care, and said that sometimes Jim has been able to help with the cost of vehicle repair. We took the car there for an evaluation and he was able to do the required work for a small labor price. The parts were donated.

While at Dearholt Auto Care, telling Jim about the walk, we also met Associate Pastor Gregory Elder of the Hoffmantown Church, who was interested in the walk and is involved in missionary work in Uganda.

Day #169 – More Views on Way towards Laguna, New Mexico

Day #169 – More Views on Way towards Laguna, New Mexico

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Day #169 – Continuing to Walk West towards Laguna, New Mexico

Day #169 – Continuing to Walk West towards Laguna, New Mexico

Day #169 – Continuing West Towards Laguna, New Mexico

Day #169 – Continuing West Towards Laguna, New Mexico

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This morning, before walking, we went to Walmart to have the oil changed in the car. Outside the door of Walmart, Brandon walked up to Pastor Chick and shook his hand. He had seen the news, learned about the walk, and said “You are such an inspiration to me!”

Take a look below at some of the scenes we saw along the walk today.

Day #168 Freedom Walker Walks West towards Laguna

Day #168 Freedom Walker Walks West towards Laguna

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