"For in their hearts doth nature stir them so
Then people long on pilgrimage to go.
And palmers to be seeking foreign strands
To distant shrines renowned in sundry lands."
- Geoffrey Chaucer
Day 50 - Friday, August 11, 1995 - The Sunbow 5 pilgrims moved base camp further south in Virginia, then rested. Some visited the village of Christiansburg to stroll around and look in the shops. Some tended to vehicle repairs. Others dozed. Some were blessed to receive the ministrations of walker Jacki Gauger, a certified massage therapist.
"I got quite a few of the walkers up onto my massage table,” Jacki said. “I noticed a lot of knots and tension in their legs, which I expected.
"I also noticed a lot of tension in their necks and shoulders. I believe that's because they have taken a lot on; it's a lot to walk for the Earth, to walk for all the people. That's a heavy weight on their shoulders, a lot of responsibility.
"This Sunbow walk has to be done," Jacki said. "They know that and they have taken it on, and they are doing all that they can do and doing it out of love. The weight of it all can cramp their shoulders. So I worked on their shoulders a lot, as well as their legs.
"The physical tension that each person carries, if it builds up, can radiate out through their words and actions and cause tension in the group. So, it's good to have it all released. When each person got up from the massage table you could notice a definite change in them: much more relaxed, ready to go on."
E-mail from Kay Deschenes
Subject: Today's Activities
It was a lovely evening. We sang and laughed. Today, the minuscule interruptions in our daily lives are at times laughable in comparison to the peace and love that we see and feel in each other's eyes and in the eyes of everyone who cares and shares this journey with us. We are now in Christiansburg, at the home of Denise Yopp and Art Hoover. We have all showered, set up camp, and enjoyed a cup of coffee.
We walked today in complete peace and prayer. I cried for all of us, not in sorrow but rather in love for all my brothers and sisters, and for the children and for the joy that our ancestors must feel at this time while they look upon us as we walk gently upon our mother the earth. Once again, we are happy, the day is over. We are 37 miles from the North Carolina border and we continue to walk in peace and harmony with our mother the Earth.
Meegwiitch, Kitchi Manitou, Kay
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 51 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire