Date: 2/14/03 4:50:02 PM !!!First Boot!!!
It's a very wet, rainy day today, and in another hour or so I'll be walking to Mayflower. I called the city office there to get some ideas on where I could stay at, and after checking out a couple websites about me, they called back and said I could stay right there at the city hall, since there's someone there 24/7. They even offered to come get my cart -- so that'll make the walk in the rain go a lot better. I'll have all my rain gear on, and am even kindof looking forward to it. It'll be fun for the first hour or so, but at least I know I'll be warm and dry tonight.
I'm changing my route just a little bit. The original plan was to bypass Lttle Rock by going east to Beebe, then straight south to Pine Bluff. Well now I've decided to go right through Little Rock, so I'll be going from Conway - Mayflower - Maumelle - Little Rock - Wrightsville - Redfield - White Hall - Pine Bluff. It'll take the same amount of time as originally planned, and I'll end up in Pine Bluff right on schedule.
I'll spend about 3 days in Little Rock, and I especially would like to give a talk at Central High School -- the same school where desegregation began in 1957 when 9 black students were escorted into the school by the National Guards. I've already visited with the administration, and they said it might work out on tuesday, but that I should call back on monday and make sure. I would really like to give a talk there.
Remember the country-western song Wolverton Mountain, sung by Claude King? ("They say don't go on Wolverton Mountain....") Well, I went there. When I was in Damascus staying with Kevin & Robin, Kevin drove me up to Wolverton Mountain and showed me around. Hank Williams also sang a song that mentions visiting Clifton Cowers on Wolverton Mountain to drink some homemade wine. Well this is it, right here in Arkansas.
Y'all have a great day, and think of me while I'm walking 10 miles in the rain. KB
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