The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 17

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 17 June 24, 2014

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Storms were coming that looked fierce but never truly developed into anything but a short shower.

Red bumps filled the skin covering my right hip.  Each step I took caused my robe to rub up against those bumps and made them itch more.  I knew I was in for a hot itchy day.

 

The wet hot dusty asphalt and rocks of Highway 21 were the most miserable part of my entire journey.  I had trouble balancing and stumbled around.  I prayed for help at numerous junctures.  On more than one occasion, I had to decide to force my back to straighten a bit and simply keep walking.

 

The major story to come out about my walk went to press in the middle of the day.  I was highly encouraged.  I knew that the article would shed much light on the death penalty in Texas.  I walked faster…I guess because I felt like we were making progress.

 

After almost two full days of walking, I made it all the way to Bastrop.  I conquered physical infirmary and boredom to begin my final two days of descent into Austin.

The bed bugs kept me company.


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