Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 22 - Milledgeville, GA To Daleville, VA

I'm late with this post because the Internet service at the motel was very unreliable. In fact, the entire experience at the motel was awful. When I came through here in 2010, my family and I stayed at the same was a Hampton then, and very nice and good location. I arrived in Milledgeville late, and it was dark already. When I drove up, the place looked different. I inquired if it was still a Hampton, and seems Hampton made the owners take the sign down because the motel was in disrepair. Two floors were closed completely, but there were some rooms on the bottom floor still being rented. The price was ok, so I decided to stay.

As best I could tell from the number of cars in the lot, I was the only tenant that night. The Internet service was up and down, mostly down, so I gave up. In fact the experience caused me to shorten my trip, and head back to Virginia. Just too tired from all the travel, plus the frustration of this motel. So, this morning (Tue, Jan 1) I packed the car, and drove back to Daleville. There were still several people I wanted to visit, but will do it again sometime.
I arrived back in Daleville late afternoon, and it was good to be home. The trip was long (6,100 miles) and tiring, but it accomplished what I wanted......reconnect with people I met during the walk, and thank them for their kindness. Most seemed as happy to see me as I was them, so a good trip. As with my life, some of theirs have also changed. I guess that always happens.

If you've followed along, I hope you enjoyed reconnecting with some of these people. This will be my last post until I undertake another trip or adventure. I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013.


  1. Sorry that your last night was a bummer. Seems like something like that happens to spur us on home, doesn't it? Please, though, say hello on your blog once in awhile, even if you're not traveling. After all - life is an adventure!

  2. Hi Jeff,

    I'm so sorry to read of the passing of your wife, Rita.

    I began following your Walkingman blog in 2010 after your story appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I wish I would have taken time to find you back then when you passed through my neck of the woods.

    After you finished your walk, I would occasionally check this site for anything new. I just finished reading your blog of your trip retracing most of your walk from California to Virginia. What a great trip that must have been reconnecting with many of the people you met during your walk!

    Maybe one day our paths will cross.

    Happy New Year!

    Joseph Lenz
    Arlington, TX

  3. Hi Jeff,
    Just came across the link as a favorite on IE and wanted to check on you.... glad to see you are going to visit the places from your trip.
    Be safe and I will follow along with you.

    Mac and Phyllis McConnell.

  4. Hi Jeff. A co-worker of mine in TX mentioned to me about a couple she knew who were walking across country. Made me think to look at your link and I see you went on another 'adventure'. It sounds like you had a wonderful time overall. I sent her your blog link. She is looking forward to reading it from the very beginning. Hope you are doing well, and if you are ever back in the Charlotte area, please be sure to let me know. Would love to see you again. Take care. Debbie Lankford

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  9. Jeff, I didn't know you were back at traveling until Tommy told me about the blog. Hope you are doing good. If you are ever thru Fancy Gap, stop and see us.


    1. Hi Marcia, good to hear from you. I am walking the Blue Ridge Parkway, and will be in your area sometime late April. Already walked the first 121 miles, and will be starting from Roanoke on April 21. Think it's about 5-6 days to Fancy Gap. If you'll send me an email @, will give you more details. Take care......Jeff.

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