|Saturday March 1st - La Paz to Tahachapi|
We walked out of La Paz right around 8am – filing past Cesar Chavez' gravesite on our way out – some offered tobacco and prayers as we went past. We were a little sorry to leave such a beautiful place; the energy of La Paz and the generosity of the family and friends who lived there was great comfort to all of us. Paul Chavez told us that his father used La Paz to rejuvenate, relax and enjoy his family – resting for the work ahead. He said that he hoped we also felt energized after our stay to continue on with our work. They were all wonderfully sweet and we were honored by their generosity.
The morning walkers were definitely rested as we headed easily up the mountain grade on our way to Tehachapi about 11 miles away. The weather was cool, with a good deal of fog hugging the mountainsides. By the time we reached the top of the pass and our second break before we went through town – the wind started and the temperature dropped, making for a pretty cold little stroll. Many of us had dressed way down because we had been so hot over the past couple of days – whoops on that one. Big mistake.
Antonio was driving a support vehicle and offered sweatshirts and hoodies to people who needed them.
We made it to the Methodist Church in Tehachapi by noon and had a lovely lunch of sandwiches, salad and bread. At the circle following lunch, Dennis announced that because that we were going to knock off another 5 miles after lunch. Many people had stayed back to help at camp, so he requested that all those who were able bodied (we have some sick and injured folk among us) should be out in the afternoon.
So – I think we had 48 for the afternoon walk – the staffs were carried by Max and Emmett among others – and I have to say that it wasn't too long into the walk that we realized we were having to jog to keep up with them! Emmett is one of our elders and a runner, so he ha a very quick stride – and Max is one of our younger walkers so he has all kinds of energy. After having to run to catch up with them for the 5th or 6th time, Jun-San ran up to the front an told them to slow down!! Eventually, they did and we were able to catch our breath! But, we finished out the day with just over 16 miles under our belt. A fine day of walking!