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I Walked Halfway to Nashville on the Natchez Trace

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A federal ranger was parked across the road from mile post 222 on the Natchez Trace. He waved a survey stake in my direction.

“Saw you walking the Trace sometime last week.”

“Yeah. I’m halfway to Nashville right here.”

He flung his things in the back of the truck. And smiled. “I think you just might make it.”

I think I just might make it, too, Dear Readers.

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  1. I’m so glad that ranger came to encourage you, Andra!!

    March 18, 2014
    • Linda, so was I. 🙂

      March 18, 2014
    • Yes, so glad the ranger observed you and took the time to let you know! Sending you our love from SC!

      March 19, 2014
      • Thanks, Laura! The love keeps me going.

        March 19, 2014
  2. Big snake? I bet I would be all the way to Nashville in one day if it was close to me 🙂 Stay safe – so proud of you.

    March 18, 2014
    • It was pretty sluggish, because it was chilly. Still, I didn’t get too close.

      March 18, 2014
  3. ” . . . the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself . . .” and snakes!! (Apologies to FDR) 🙂 Good job, Andra!!

    March 18, 2014
    • I read a really great FDR biography on this trip, Karen. Debra recommended it. Franklin and Lucy.

      March 18, 2014
  4. Face it, Andra, you’ve become an athlete.

    March 18, 2014
  5. Yay the day has finally arrived! Sharing is caring! 🙂

    March 18, 2014
  6. Yeah, you will make it. 🙂

    March 18, 2014
    • I hope so. Dad tells me every five minutes how hard Tennessee is going to be.

      March 18, 2014
  7. Done, done, and done. Although I already have 3 copies of your book. Maybe I need more, more, more!!

    March 18, 2014
    • Oh, and how come no video of the snake?!?

      March 18, 2014
    • I took a picture of the snake, but it didn’t really come out well…….because I refused to get any closer………..

      March 18, 2014
  8. Rangers are great people. Nice to know they are kind of watching out for you.

    March 18, 2014
    • I always try to tell them what I’m doing when I see them.

      March 18, 2014
  9. Congrats on the halfway point! You can DO it!

    March 18, 2014
  10. i KNOW you will make it, andra!

    March 18, 2014
    • One day at a time. It’s all I can do to get each day done.

      March 18, 2014
  11. Heh. Well, I can see you doing time as a motivational speaker of sorts, as this is the sort of thing that gets people off their asses and walking just for health reasons. Granted, I don’t think they’ll do what you’re doing, but if one person reads that book or reads of this hike gone haywire with a purpose and gets the idea to get moving, that’s one more person making a change they needed.

    The better half of this walk is yet to come. Um… you aren’t walking back home, right? 😀

    March 18, 2014
    • No. NOT WALKING back home. I get to rest in Nashville for a few days, too.

      March 18, 2014
  12. As my husband would say, “You are a superior woman.” (That’s what he started calling me after I trudged up a mountainside with him in Ecuador, many, many years ago. The things we do for love.)

    March 18, 2014
    • Nice to know a superior woman, Marie. You’re not afraid of adventure.

      March 18, 2014
      • Ha, I wouldn’t say I’m not afraid. It’s just sometimes I know I’ll get a nice “reward,” like a marriage proposal 🙂 (OK, I guess that only applies once.)

        March 19, 2014
  13. tarakianwarrior #

    So proud of you.

    March 18, 2014
  14. Yea! Halfway through – and a ranger said it was so. You are like the little engine that could, Andra.

    March 18, 2014
    • I do find myself muttering, “I think I can” a lot, Penny. 🙂

      March 18, 2014
  15. Debbie #

    To me it seems like you are just flying through the miles! But I know to you and your tired, blistered feet, not so much! You are doing so great!

    March 18, 2014
  16. I am incredibly in awe of you, standing three feet away from a snake, at the 222 mile marker. So amazing. Carry on, Andra, there will be peace (and wine) when you are done.

    March 18, 2014
  17. Great shot of you signing the book on MP 222. Who snapped the shot?

    March 18, 2014
  18. Bravo! Just tweeted you a little note as well 🙂

    March 18, 2014
  19. Congratulations! I’ll think you’ll do it, too, quite simply because it never occurred to me for even a fraction of a second that you wouldn’t. 🙂

    March 19, 2014
    • Thanks, Heather. I’m glad you believe. I’ve wavered a time or several.

      March 19, 2014

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