|South Route: Thursday May 15, 2008 DeKalb, Texas - Texarkana, Arkansas|
today was a walking day and the walkers walked all day pretty much.
We were staying at a camp site out side the town that had showers we could use, a office a place to get wireless, and a place for kids hang out but that was closed there were other campers there as well. At the camp there was little pond and next to that was like a place to eat with a vending machine and some kind of window to get food but it looked like it had not been used in years and next to the window this place with the vending machine is where most of the people set up camp. There were bathrooms but only one person can use the bathrooms, well two people can, because theirs two toilets but no doors just a wall divider, I don't know if it was the same for the mens restrooms.
As soon as Dennis got there we had a circle he said the usual stuff like 'Thank you walkers for walking and thanks to the runners.' said 'It was a good day to walk and run.' then he told us that 'The media was there so put your good faces forward ha....' then he spoke some more about the day for about 10 minuets then he let other people speak this was the day that I wanted to read a quote from the 78' manifesto.
Then more people talked and more and it felt like I was never going to read it then I decided after the last person finishes talking I was going to go no matter what, then sammy stepped up at first he said things I've heard him say before, but being able to step into the circle and say what he wanted to was very strong of him. I wish I could remember what he spoke about ,but he just kept on going, about his family and his traveling and this was a really good experience for him the first time he spoke out in circle and it was amazing! Then i read the '78 quote it was read in a pretty timid kind of way my voice was shaking and my hand to even before I stepped in the circle. Yaynicut said I did a good job but I don't think so...
After that he mentioned the news crew again saying that they might want to interview some walkers and if you don't want to thats okay too.
It was a little while until dinner, a little while before the circle broke apart eloise brown from DOODA DESERT ROCK asked all the dine if they could meet up after circle was over to talk about some things like eloise leaving and coming back in a couple of weeks and other things. They took pictures and one of the japanese KAZUKI had jumped in the picture and they told him only dine and he said "brother" they still took the picture with him in it. The picture was with the navajo nation flag and the DDR (dooda desert rock) flag they took quite a few pictures just to get the flags right. Then shanti said its time for the 'adoptee' picture. She stepped in and they took one with her camera and then one with a digital camera.
Then after all that we ,and by we i mean the walkers, all just waited for the food to get here during circle one of the local women went to get stuff to make sandwiches it was a while before it got here. Then we ate and some people set up their tents ,well all the ones who haven't already, then people started to go to sleep and some where still taking showers and some were in a drum circle for a while. Lights out was maybe 8:30 but people were still awake after 9:00 doing manifesto stuff. Today was the day they turned in a rough draft to Dennis.
Then sleep time for it is a walking day tomorrow