On the Road Again – Doing Walk Recon as I’m Heading Home

As most of you know from watching my recent streams, I’m heading home in Big Green and doing recon along the way, taking the likely route of the Walk from end to start. I’m taking note of the road conditions to assure the path is safe for all of the participants of the Walk, noting potential stopping and/or rally points, facilities (food stops and rest areas, etc.) within each area. I am also observing areas in which we’ll need to solicit the assistance of local authorities to guide us through areas like construction zones and sections that don’t offer suitable space to safely walk without support.

It has been an amazing journey so far. Most of the “wrong” or “missed” turns have actually turned out to be blessings in disguise! The GPS was leading me on a route to get to a highway, but I ended up at a dead end in a rural area. The maps hadn’t been updated to show the alternative route. At that dead end, when I stopped to ask a rancher for directions, I met a true Patriot named Mac. We chatted for a bit and I told him about my plans for the Walk. He was extremely supportive and even offered up his ranch as a stopping point along the way for those participating in the Walk to set up camp for the night. After he gave me directions back to the highway and I got back into Big Green, several neighbors came outside and a young child motioned for me to honk my horn. There were American Flags everywhere! This was very encouraging!

Shortly after that, I stopped at a Subway to grab some lunch. When I went to pay for my meal, the cashier only charged me for my Diet Pepsi. When I asked “What about the sandwich?”, he simply said it would be $3 which was the cost of the drink. I had ordered a 6” sub, but when I got back to Big Green and opened the bag, I noticed they had given me a 12” sub! I’m not sure if he saw the American Flag on Big Green or the U.S. Airforce cap I was wearing, but I felt truly blessed from this small, but meaningful “gift”!

Mobile data along the way has been spotty, at best. This has caused me to have multiple and short streams each day. I’m trying to see if I can get a Starlink Mobile to use during the Walk, in hopes that this will allow me to live-stream the Walk in its entirety with little to no interruption.

Yesterday, I opened up the GreyWolf’s Wolf Den, which is the Discord channel that I started as a means to communicate with our volunteers, mods and even those who want to be chatters and join in on the conversation. It was amazing…even though my streams were short (and few and far between) yesterday because of poor data and I didn’t have much “air” time to promote it, we ended up with 31 participants! It’s been great being able to meet and actually speak with the chatters from my channels. I want you to know how much I appreciate each and every one of you and I thank you for your support and encouragement.

If you would like to join in on the Walk (for a mile or for a while) or to volunteer to help with the preparations, please email me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you!