Left the house this morning at 8 AM. Instead of the fast march pace, I held it to a comfortable 4 MPH (15 minutes/mile). Traveled west on SE 29th Street as far as Sooner Road, then one mile north to the Del City Wal-Mart store. That made it roughly 9 miles. I lost about 15 minutes to check a hot spot on one foot. You learn a lot about a pair of shoes or boots after 5 miles in them. There is no blister, but the shoe presses in at one place. Walking to Wal-Mart included the purpose of getting some better socks and some ankle-high nylon hose. These will cut down on the general friction. After I put my socks back on, the ball of the foot was a wee bit raw from the sock being stretched again.
My sign was made from a half-section of 7/8″ light plastic water conduit. It was top heavy, and one side was hard to read, so I’ll have to re-make that one. I tried to make it reusable with a mounting frame, but that was too much weight. I’ll strip it down in the future. I also made myself a belt clip on which to rest the bottom of the sign, but it turned out to be troublesome in the long run. I learned to simply cup it in one hand or the other and cradle it in my arm. It stayed mostly upright without trouble, with some wobbling. I’ll need to make some sort of handle at the bottom to make it more comfortable.
One fellow driving the opposite direction honked, smiled and waved. Another fellow out checking his roadside mailbox thanked me for doing it, and blessed me. Those were both outside the suburban density area. Once I got past Post Road, traffic began to thicken a bit, speed limits were slower, and I got less direct eye contact. Several police officers waved at me, as patrols were a little thick.
Were it not for the shoe trouble, I could have easily kept going for another hour, maybe more. However, as the summer heat comes on, it may be a lot harder. I won’t know until I try it.
Lots of changes over the past ten months here in Choctaw. Anyone watching me would have been quite sure I was all noise, with little hard reality behind it. Think what you will, but I was being shaped for something.
I did some walking, then longer walking, then running. But the running was just my pleasure, not my real need. In the end, I went back to walking. Then I reacquainted myself with military style marching, but I couldn’t afford to get the really good boots. So I decided to just put up with jogging shoes and kept on walking. I got up to 5 miles, but realized I was getting a little bored with the same old routes around here.
Then it hit me. God has called me to do something utterly crazy. I’m going to wear t-shirts with strongly worded messages about national repentance. The underlying message is here — which I will print up as copies for a handout. I am also going to make a rather large sign I can carry, calling for America to repent. I’m going to start out hiking up and down the main roads here in East County (Eastern Oklahoma County) and gradually move farther west, then south, then north. I’ll try to build out to walking a half-day at a time. I’m pretty sure I can do a couple of hours at a time, which would make nearly ten miles.
I’m going to start small, where I am, and build outward. I’m not sure how I’ll transport myself to the starting points as they stretch farther from home, but that’s not my concern right now. I’m just going to get started. I am utterly certain if the Lord is really behind this crazy stuff, it will prosper on its own. For now, it will probably be every other day, but I hope to get going daily before too long. Reports of all the sign-carrying walks will appear here.