Friday, March 7, 2014

LA-DC day 7

Blessed day off today! We marched about 100 mi this week. Several casualties (nothing serious, just out of commission) but I've walked every step every day. Came to UCC church in Redlands last night bone weary and achy all over. Ran errands and worked on our "work teams" today. I'm on finance ("money bags") team, "Footprint" team and peer support or "listening buddies" team.

The church community served us a wonderful pot luck tonight and we put on a small program - mostly talking about why we're doing this extreme and self sacrificing thing. My fellow marchers are splendid, ordinary folks, and it is inspiring to hear their stories. One of our hosts brought a massage table and worked on a bunch of our feet and legs; yay!

I'll send pictures of some of our equipment:
Solar charger
Composting toilet (3 stalls)
Water truck

Several musicians along with violin, guitars, and drums, so when we're not too tired or busy, which isn't often, we sing and play. Lots of laughter.

Several people have completed their brief stints already and left. Hard to see them go - leaves a hole. Most of them will rejoin us later as able. We are a tough bunch to leave!

I'm still a bit achy and will march 17 miles tomorrow. Moleskin and ibuprofen it will have to be. We take turns facilitating our meetings, which are daily. I'm on tomorrow after dinner. Hope I can be coherent after walking all day.

Blessings to all of you,

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  1. If you would, tell us more about the teams and what you do on each one. And how have you been cooking at the end of the day? It seems everyone would be so tired to do much. How does it work?

  2. Hi Miriam,

    So glad to read about how it is going! I am looking at getting ready for this event and wondering what type of surfaces you are walking on? Would you suggest hiking boots or walking shoes, based on what you have seen so far?

  3. Just now (finally) looked up your blog. Keeping you in my prayers. If I were there I would massage your feet! I'm not a professional, but I've done it and I know how good it feels! Maybe I can do that when you get to Iowa City.

    Becky Ross