Day 11

Day 11
I woke up early and and got ready for the day. I headed into the church before Mass for some silence.

  
During Mass a man named Andy lost consciousness for 3 or 4 minutes. His family laid him down on the pews and tried to wake him up. I’ve never seen anything like it. They called 911. By the time the paramedics arrived Andy was relatively alert and went willingly to the hospital.

  
After Mass I hung around the parish hall with the parishioners. There were doughnuts and coffee per parish tradition. Oh and free grapefruit!!!

   

Paul and Elaenor

 I said goodbye to my friend Paul, who checked in on me throughout the weekend and hooked me up with leftovers from the fish fry. I also met his wife Eleanor. I spoke briefly with Father Andy and thanked him for putting me up for the weekend. It meant a whole lot.
I decided to take most off the day off an explore Live Oak. I ate brunch at the Dixie Bar and Grille. The staff there was very nice and welcoming. I hung around town and headed to Dairy Queen and charged my phone. I spent most of the day catching up with friends and family. Always a lot going on back home.

  
I met Tommy, an 18 year old Live Oak resident. He’s a senior in High School and volunteers at the local nursing home in his free time. Originally from New York, we talked about the differences between the northeast and the south.

 
We talked about a lot of things: travel, our faith, even politics. We probably talked for 2 hours or so. 
I also briefly met a fellow traveler. He is walking across the country too. He asked me to add him on Facebook. His name is Brandon.
I’ve crossed paths with a lot of travelers in my journey so far. I’ve also talked with many people in towns who regularly meet people crossing the states. Even Tommy told me I’m the second person he has met recently who is traversing America.

  
Soon the sun sat low in the sky. I headed just outside Live Oak and found a place to camp in a pine grove along the 90. Around an hour or so after setting up camp, I truck pulled over 30 yards or so from my campsite. The man driving stopped and idled. A few minutes later he merged back on the 90 and left. I decided to move further up the road to a safer location.

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4 Responses to Day 11

  1. lizestler says:

    Hmmm…perhaps, since you first showed it is St Francis Xavier Church, could that be a statue of him?

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  2. lizestler says:

    Great stuff; beautiful photos, Dylan. Who is that a statue of?

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