"The elders have been saying for a long, long time, that the world is going to go faster. Things have always happened; there have always been big storms, and earthquakes, floods, and fires, but now they are happening fast, and it's accelerating. It's going to go a lot faster. Because of this, it's real important that we start to slow down."
- David Gehue
Day 68 - Tuesday, August 29, 1995 - The walkers bid farewell to North Carolina and to the Appalachian Mountains today. They crossed the state line and pressed on toward Cleveland, Tennessee.
As ever, they prayed as they walked, using each step upon the Earth as a rhythmically progressing focal point to carry forward the energy of their pilgrimage from the East to the West across the back of Turtle Island.
Because some stretches of the road have no shoulders, the traveling today was tricky in places. The walkers had to stay constantly alert for traffic and then crowd off to the side when a vehicle came by.
Still, the walk moved well. The walkers are in shape: hardened to the road, and well rested.
Eagles returned to soar above the walk today. They had been sorely missed for about a week while the walkers were resting on the Qualla Boundary. But now that the walk is moving again, many eagles came to fly above and look down upon the walk. Most of the walkers saw them overhead at various points through the day, and from this they were encouraged to continue their long journey.
|A clean, well-lighted place - The Duncan family (mom Norma and her five daughters) stretch out at the Scotsman Motel, enjoying a well-deserved rest. Photo by husband James Duncan.
The walkers find they are having to adjust again to heavily populated terrain. To make the adjustment all the easier, they examined their common purse and found they had enough money to pay for a night in a motel. So while some choose to stay in tents, over 20 of walkers checked into four rooms of the Motel Scotsman.
"We were really grateful for this," Tom Dostou commented. "Hey, we deserve it. This was our first motel since we started out. It was definitely worth it for a change. We all got hot showers."
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 69 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire