My son Matt walked with me again today – Part 2 of his Christmas gift! He wanted to fit it into a workday, so early was better. I picked him up at 5:30 a.m. (1-1/2 hours before sunrise) and we drove to Will Rogers State Beach, our end point for the day.
I totally expected that the gate to the WRSB parking lot wouldn’t be open before sunrise, but it was – and it had several cars already in the lot. We didn’t know where the bus stop was, and we couldn’t see very well because it was still dark. We also didn’t know precisely when the bus was coming, so we were moving with haste. Matt looked on his phone and determined the bus stop was north of us.
After an unsettling walk-by-braille along the highway (I kept thinking, “THIS IS NUTS!”), we found the stop about 100 yards north, then we had to cross fast-moving, 4-lane PCH at an unlit pedestrian crossing – but thankfully there was a large gap in traffic at the moment we got there! The bus came just a couple of minutes later – I’m amazed that he saw us in the dark…
With all the scrambling for the bus, at one point – too late to double-check – we asked ourselves, “Did we lock the car?”
The walk itself was a ’10’ for fellowship, but it really wasn’t very relaxing. If you’ve been up PCH north of Santa Monica, you know that traffic is heavy and everybody drives much faster than the 45 mph speed limit. There are no sidewalks, and the majority of the route is alongside the rather unimpressive garages of the VERY impressive oceanfront homes.
Probably 80% of our miles were done single-file, weaving in and out around parked cars and mailboxes. We had to be safety-conscious all the time. There was some thought of walking the beach, but the tide was high and the waves were washing right up to the anchor pillars of the houses so we had to stay along the road.
However, there were a few stretches toward the end where we were able to enjoy the ocean views:
I did meet my goal of arriving at Will Rogers State Beach in time to have my church family join me along the pedestrian/bike path for 20 miles over the next 2 days.
160 miles (and less than a month) to go!
And yes, we had locked the car… 🙂
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. ~ Romans 8:5-8