"Our religion keeps reminding us that we aren't just will and thoughts. We're also sand and wind and thunder. Rain. The seasons. All those things. You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If you respect yourself, you respect all things.”
- William Least Heat Moon
Day 77 - Thursday, September 7, 1995 - The walk got back on the road and pushed onward to the West, reaching Mont Eagle, Tennessee by the end of the day. The weather was pleasantly sunny, neither too hot nor too humid. Everyone is feeling strong and happy.
The walkers are camping at Jump Off Farm in Mont Eagle, which is on Jump Off Mountain Road, just around the corner from the Jump Off Baptist Church.
Jump Off Farm is 1,100 acres of hardwood forest and pastureland, with big gardens and a majestic view.
Tom escorted Grandfather Commanda to the Chattanooga airport early Thursday morning, and bid him bon voyage as he returns to the Maniwaki Reserve in Quebec.
Before boarding the plane, Grandfather had a final message: "Even though it is a long way from here, and it is hard, the walk must be finished as it has been started: in a sacred manner.
"It is not important how many people complete the walk, even if it is only one person," Grandfather said. "What is important is the quality, the spirit of the walk. It must be pure. The Medicine of the East and of the Seven Fires, must be carried in a sacred manner to the West."
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 78 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire