Sunday, October 5, 2008

In the Final Week of the Parkway Hike


I can hardly believe it!! I am finally within sight of Mount Pisgah and the Great Smoky Mountains. I rounded the turn at Balsam Gap Overlook, climbed onto the Craggy Mountains and when I looked off into the Weaverville, NC area and toward I-26 I could see them both.

This Journey has been amazing and yet I know there is much still to be done. I still have more than 70 miles to go. I will meet with the Headquarters Staff on Monday, October 6th and then "Press On" toward Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I apologize for not being able to update the Blog as I go. I have passed out so many Cards. I plan on spending quite a bit of time updating after I complete the Journey. I must tell you though, there is enough information for several books. The wonderful kindness of strangers, the intensity of the experience, the sights, the smells, the people, the culture of the road and the visitors and more......

Please keep returning. Within the next couple of weeks, I will have much more here to share.

Also, Remember www.Samaritan'

The National Collection Week is November 17-24, but you may send completed boxes year-round to our headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

More Soon to Come!!!!

Dave "Sojourner" Barlow


Anne Lee said...

It's been such a blessing to read about your journey from Derek's reports. Thank you for including all your pals in this experience! Can't wait to read all about it when you get home and have time to post.
Love ya,

Peter said...

It was great to see the Observer article about your hike. I haven't seen you for some time, since we worked together at MSHS. I'm so glad you have this great opportunity. God bless your efforts.

Pete Witkowski

Anonymous said...

That must be an Awesome Experience! Hope you are doing well!

Melissa Dixon

Anonymous said...

Mr. Barlow,

It's good to see you're still shaking things up. I hope your hike winds down well. Take care of yourself.

William Morrison ENS, SC, USN

elizabeth s said...


I am so proud of you! Happy to see you in the Observer.

You go, big guy!