"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou.
Day 115 - Sunday - October 15, 1995 - John Heyman, treasurer of the Sunbow 5 Foundation and the principal financial supporter of the walk, arrived in Oklahoma for a two-day visit with the walkers.
"As of now,” John told me over the phone, “the group is together, wonderfully together. There are no concerns, no problems. Things are fine. There are a lot of strong, well-intentioned people. This is the walk of the vision. This is the group."
John said he felt the big cities were a problem. The walk always seemed to do fine in the rural, outback areas, he said, but tends to get into trouble when it passes through the heart of the cities...
"We (John and me) have been too far away from it and have gotten a distorted picture," he said. "We cannot really know what has gone on, or what is going on, without being here."
Oklahoma barn - A scene on the road as the pilgrims step toward the west.
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 116 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire