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When we get up John Graham is making breakfast on the portable gas stove that we have borrowed from on of our supporters
Today is the day that Bernie Palmatier retraced the miles we walked together 20 years ago on my first journey across the country. Twenty years older, I thought we looked the same, except that Bernie had white hair, and I didn't keep silent.
I wake up with a wakeup call at 5:30 am. In the next hour and a half I pack putting together what I think I will need for the day. It really looks like it may rain so I have my rain jacket and a new pair of rain pants, the soft case for my banjo, first aid for the feet and my bottle of water.
The day began with a light breakfast, leftovers of last nights salad. A big breakfast is something I avoid before setting out on a long walk. Tourist from Canada joined us at our table. When they learned I was walking for the environment, they talked about recycling and how there was no one answer.
It was not quite 8:30 am when John Graham dropped me off at the church parking lot where he had picked me up the evening before. He fiddled with the GPS and I learned how to set the data probes. He gave me a plastic bottle to collect a water sample and said goodbye.
The morning clouds had disappeared by the time John Graham drove me out to the white barn across the road from a grand white farmhouse. Its porch sagged and the siding was in need of more than a fresh coat of paint. An old man with white hair, in blue overalls sitting on a bench peeked around a corner and waved in our direction.
The day began at 6 am with a live chat with high school students in Bahrain, United Emirates. They were seven hours ahead of me in New Stanton, Pennsylvania were I had arrived the day before in order to prepare for my Earth Day Planetwalk.