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Made it Columbus, GA. What a day it was, well thats speaking of yesterday. So as I left the Hampton Inn I was able to get in some good miles, but had Pine Mountain to tackle. Not that big of a problem but one no matter what. Thanks for the ladies at the front desk that packed me a nice snack bag. So got into Pine Mountain and visited the light festive thing going on, but couldn't take my bike on it so passed the main one. But meet a nice gentleman in the town Gary, he owns a log home building company. We shared alot of things in common. So was a good talk, he told me about a church that I could camp the night at. So he helped me out a bit, thanks.

But I think I went to the wrong church, so I found this one called Mountain Shadows Community Church. Well I saw that there was a few cars there, so I walked up to the door and knocked.. well here is the email I sent them on their website...

To whom it may concern,

This is the gentleman that came to your church Friday night. I went up to the church and knocked. The door was opened and I had ASKED if it would be alright to rest and sleep the night. I told the 2 ladies and the young man what I was doing. They had said no problem, I told them if it was a problem that I could go down the road. They had SAID no, I don't think it will be a problem. So I parked my bike and got relaxed for the night, then all of a sudden I see a sheriff car pull up. I stood up and he came over to me and told me that I was trespassing. That I was to leave. You know it really upset me, if you all didn't want me to be there, you could of just said so. But NO you gave a traveler the false hope of a safe place to stay for the night, then you called the law on me to have me removed. I guess I know what Jesus had went through. You could of just said No or made up some excuse of why you didn't want me there. But you didn't.

To be honest as this Sunday comes and you have service, I do hope you ask god for forgiveness. What you did was beyond anything I could imagine a church would do. But don't worry the church down the road Kings Pasture had no problem letting me stay there, they even made me a nice breakfast.

I guess I could write forever, but the bottom line is what you did... there was no excuse for it. If someone wants to talk to me, you don't have to. But am going to be traveling down US27 south. I am in Columbus right now. Going to stay the night and attend service at some church. The ones that did call the law on me, shame on you.. ALL you had to do was ask me to leave. I'm on a 2 month journey across the country and writing a book about it. Just needed a place to rest so I didn't get killed by the drivers that were acting crazy along US27

Best regards
Don Walden

job 31

but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler--

So after the one sheriff searched my bag on the bike and a hour or so passed. The younger guy called his brother and he pointed me to a place I could rest. But thats life and to be honest was so surreal, and kinda funny right about now. They did make me a nice big plate of BACON and biscuits for breakfast. I do love me some bacon and let me tell you there was alot. But such is life.

Got back onto US27 and headed south... meet a nice guy along the way. He had stopped and we chatted a bit, he's going to be biking the 2175 Mile Appalachian Trail. He showed me a nice magic trick that was a nice blend of what my thoughts about what I'm doing. He helped me out a bit also. Now I'm in Columbus now, did stop at the first nice rest area, a little strip mall. A gas station, a store and a Bar and grill. So the one bartender saw me and told me to come in and sit awhile. So had a drink, got into a nice conversation with a young couple at the bar, was a nice one and we chatted for about a hour or so. She had left but came back about 20 minutes later with a excellent dinner. Much love, always enjoy a home cooked meal.

So now I think I will find a place to camp, I'm just on the edge on the main part of town and don't want to venture into town with my bike. Since I didn't want to buy CRACK from the other guys.. I don't think I want to buy some from anyone in town. Will pass along the town in the morning and see what happens.

Well I'm going to take off now, going to grab a cup of coffee and figure out what to do.

until next time... peace

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Dec. 7th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hi Don. This is Dave of King's Pasture Community Church. I just wanted to leave a note to wish you well and let you know that I found your site ok. I will be following your progress to Florida. May God bless you and protect you!

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