I Am the Biggest Liar
MTM asked me a question. “What’s the biggest lie in To Live Forever, Andra?”
Other than that it’s a work of fiction?
All along the Natchez Trace Parkway, signs are posted at every entrance: NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES. RECREATIONAL HAULING ONLY.
Meaning no Greyhound buses. No eighteen wheelers. (Although I saw plenty of commercial trucks around Tupelo. I guess sequestration has reduced ranger patrols to the point that truckers know they can get away with it.)
Novelists make honest mistakes with facts. I’m sure I’ve made a few. But sometimes, we need those intentional errors to move our characters through the story.
But now I know.
Merry and Em could’ve walked the Natchez Trace. For the first 75 miles or so (where they do most of their walking), I went hours without seeing a car. They filled the void with chatter. With laughter. Even with encouragement when I wavered.
They wouldn’t let me quit.
Especially not when I stopped in the middle of the road on Day 3 (around milepost 35) and shouted, “SHIT!!! I really have to walk 444 miles!!! Am I the stupidest person EVER???”
The echo I heard wasn’t the reverberation of my words.
The words were theirs.
We’ll always be with you, Andra.
Click here to see the best photos from Day 32 of my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr
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