After the Camino; What is Next?

We have been asked by numerous folks, “well what is next for you two?” I know we have lost our minds because I asked Morgan the other night if she would walk the Camino again. She replied,” if it wasn’t for work and family, I would leave tomorrow”. My reply,” so would I”. Early in our trek across Spain we would have never fathomed the desire to repeat this tough journey.

Another idea was to walk the beaches from Jacksonville to Miami next summer. After some thought, walking where there is deep sand would be tough. Packed sand would be great. Finding reasonably priced accommodations would also be tough. There are no hostels in Florida.

The Appalachian Trail (AT) has been suggested but we don’t have a real desire to camp and carry food.

One thing for certain, there will another trek in our future. Still got to figure out what.

This week we joined the MoveTallahassee crew on the Fern Trail. Quite a crowd showed up for this early morning 3.5 mile journey. During this time I walked and talked with Jim Crews. He is a former County Commissioner. A story he shared, in the early 1990’s it made front page news when Crews who is white, married Tallahassee’s African American Mayor. It is amazing that just 24 short years ago this was a newsworthy event. Crews is 6th generation of a family who settled in S. Georgia and N Florida.  Everyone has a story and his is quite interesting.

We also met Tariq Mureed the journalist visiting from Pakistan. It is crazy that going back home could be dangerous for him because he is a reporter. When I asked him about his homeland, you could tell his love of his homeland by the smile on his face. Talking with him was another reminder, It’s about the people, we all have more in common than differences. Take religion and politics out of the equation and we are all OK with each other.

The following paragraph was in last week’s blog, but the night editors had to shorten the blog and it was not published. I think it is important so I hope this time it will be published.

Someone with whom I have walked with during the years is an 18 year old guy named Tyler. He was born at 1lb 5 ounces and spent the first four months of his life in the hospital with tubes and ventilators attached. As a result he is small for his age, has sight issues and sometimes learning is a challenge. These issues also make it hard to be coordinated when participating in sports and learning to drive has been a real contest. In middle school bullying was an issue until his grandparents showed up at the school. Only after threats of gathering all the church ladies to picket the school, did they take notice, and the bullying stopped. Tyler wants to be either a flight attendant, physiologist, or a minister someday. He does not have a mean bone in his body. He gets up every day with a smile on his face and greets life with gusto. For this, he is my hero. This is his story.

Today I walked for Lynn, you know who you are; gotcha

This week I walked for our friend Bob who has been battling for his life. West Nile, Yikes! It seems he has turned the corner. We see you well and fully recovered.

Please plan to join us at All Saints cinema for the return showing of Walking the Camino Thursday, September 21st at 7:00PM or Sunday, September 21 at 2:00PM.  For tickets email reservations@tallahasseefilms.com

Questions and comments can be sent to gregg.patterson@yahoo.com

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