HOW THE WALK WORKED
The Walkers got on the road each day at 8:00 a.m. and got off between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., depending on the location of the day’s destination. Each day began and ended with a sharing circle. At the morning circle the day leader outlined the details for that day: where to start and stop, locations of breaks and lunch, and special things to do or to avoid. The spiritual leader provided guidance and strength.
About one day each week was designated as a day off. These breaks provided opportunity to do laundry, see the local sights, rest and relax, and take care of personal business.
Every fourth or fifth day the walk stayed overnight
in a church or union hall or on private property. Dinner and breakfast
were provided. “Town Meetings” were held to meet the local
people and hear their issues and how they were dealing with them. These
town meetings were very important events. They not only served as sources
of information, but many friendships were established and the townspeople
and Walkers found inspiration in one another.