Category Archives: Pilgrimage Journal

Sherpa School Savvy

(Edit 6/3/17: Obviously, I’m still brushing up my managing editor skills, Friends. I have realized by one comment, it is not totally clear that the “Lessons of a Pilgrim” comprise Charlie’s reflection of his pilgrimage he began in 2011. You … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: Alabama; Hot Day, Cool Summit (9)

Earl dropped me off at a crossroads where I could continue walking south on Rte. 69 towards Oakman, Alabama. I had gotten into a nice little rhythm by now. I walked against traffic and would wave at everyone who drove … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: Alabama; Stark Lessons (8)

For the incidents I recount here, I have changed the names of the people involved for the sake of discretion. I was walking through the small North Central Alabama town of Jasper, when a woman and her young teenage daughter … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: Alabama: Disasters, Comical and Otherwise (7)

(This is the seventh installment in my narrative of my pilgrimage, my walking journey of 3,200 miles and a year and a half across the country from Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012. Things have been pretty serious around … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: On the Road: Alabama: St. Bernard’s Abbey, Cullman (#6)

(This is the 6th installment in my story of my walking pilgrimage across the country from Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012. I traversed 3,200 miles on foot) There was still plenty of daylight left once I got settled, … Continue reading

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On the Road: Alabama (#5)

(This is the 5th Installment in my Journal of the year-and-a-half, 3,200 mile walking pilgrimage I took across America) When I set out, my intention was to make my way down the mountain where my family lived, going towards Rte. … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: The Road of 100,000 Roses (#4)

(This is the fourth installment in the story of my pilgrimage, a year-and-a half walk across the country from Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012) The first few days were spent getting a feel for how to do this. … Continue reading

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The Gift of “Waiting”

I am going to jump a little ahead on my pilgrimage for a day. I had never been to Louisiana before I walked through it – and did not expect to like it. But Southern Louisiana was fantastic, my favorite … Continue reading

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Final Pilgrimage Preparations (#3)

In the last few months before I left I worried increasingly about how I would support myself as I went. Though drifting into towns and picking up knock-around jobs is not just the stuff of novels and movies, it still … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Journal: Preparation, Part II

For most of 2010, the year before I left on my pilgrimage I stayed with family in Alabama, mostly with my Mom and Dad. I was afraid that, once I left, things might be very different when my journey was … Continue reading

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