Jeff McKenzie
Y12 Nuclear Complex, Oak Ridge Tennessee
To The United Nations
Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Talks
New York, New York - 2005

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     This is going to be a long walk and there will not be many computers with Internet connections along the way. So frequent updates simply are not possible. I have a camera and a notebook with me and I am going to try to tell a portion of the story about this walk as it relates to military familys. Some pictures as well as a few updates will also be included. Keep in mind that I am only part of a coalition of people and organizations that are doing the walk and I am part of the main story as well. I hope you find this story interesting and informative and that you will join us in our crusade to rld the world of these weapons of mass destruction and the environmental damage caused by the nuclear industry.

Peace
Jeff
 
 
Day Logs

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
      These are some pictures taken the first two weeks of the walk. We started at the Y-12 Complex in Oak Ridge Tennessee where the nuclear bombs are still being worked on and developed. The first picture was taken during the Sunday evening prayer vigil. The rest were just selected from the library of pictures by my buddy John, who is posting this stuff on my site.
Day Logs

Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12

 
 
Comunity Response
Abingdon, 03/24/05
       Hi,

   Hope you are fine? Just thought I would do a quick email to say we are all doing fine on the walk. Today we entered Viriginia. Tonight a local activist group made supper for us in Abingdon, VA. People from the group, church and community came out, doubling our numbers. Several of us talked in front of the whole group about the walk, including me. Several families invited us to stay at their homes, other walkers stayed at the church. I am staying with a very nice family and we have had a nice time talking about a little bit of everything.

   We have 20+ walkers that will be going the whole way and usually about 5 others with us each day that are doing stretches of the walk. Unfortunately about a third of use caught some type of bug but no one has fallen ill the last few days so hopefully everyone will stay healthy. The weather has been varied: 40 degrees and rainy to 60 degrees and sunny. We have had more nice walking days than bad though.

Take care.
Love and peace, Jeff
PS: The pictures just above are in Abingdon Virginia
 
 
Day Logs

Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
      A few more miscellaneous picture from the road.

    03/29/2005
   Hi,

   Thought I would updated you on the past couple days by email since we have good access at the public library here in Radford, VA on our restday.

   On the 27th, most of us attended the 6:30am sunrise service at the church we attended. The church invited us to join them for breakfast at the church - eggs, toast, ham, grits, juice and coffee. It gave us a chance to meet and talk with church members. After breakfast we started down the road, greeted by cooler temperatures and a drizzle. The drizzle switched to moderate rain then back to a drizzle for the 19 miles trek. Despite the weather, late start and an uphill climb on winding stretches of narrow road and then a downhill stretch into Pulaski we made good time, arriving at the church at 4:30pm.

   Yesterday, the weather was even colder and the rain more intense as we started off on our 16 mile walk. Most of us were quickly drenched, at least our shoes, as streams of water were running in our path. But the sun came up and we dried out for the most part until about 2 miles from our destination the rain started once again.

   But today is restday: a time to catch up on laundry, do emails (because we have good access today), find supplies, walk around town, scout out the route ahead or just hang out together. The weather is warm and sunny - hopefully it lasts awhile.

Take care.

Love and peace, Jeff
Day Logs

Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 23
Day 24


 
 
Day Logs

Day 25
Day 26
Day 27
Day 28
Day 29
Day 30
Day 31
Day 32


    04/04/2005

Hi Everyone,

   I am writing from Sweet Briar College, VA (outside Lynchburg) where we are spending the night in the college Inn. This is a girl's school, so they have their own Inn. Three walkers to a room, we each have our own bed, and we have showers in the room. We ate in the college cafeteria, so we have eaten very well the last several days. Plus, internet access two nights in a row. But the next 2 nights we will be at a Methodist Church in the middle of nowhere. I am in the process of doing all my laundry tonight here at the college, because I don't know if we could do it on the rest day.

   Tomorrow is a 20+ mile day.

   This coming Saturday is a run day for the walk. So some of the walkers and a group of runners will be coming from Ohio to cover the 80 miles or so. The 15 walkers not running, myself included will be shuttled ahead and be walking 15 miles into DC (the White House), this change was decided between yesterday and today. Then we will get shuttle back to our place for the night.

   On April 30th, the mayor of Hiroshima will be visiting the walk, with possibly a couple Hiroshima survivors, we are hoping to have a few hundred people join us that day.

   All is well, hope you are all also doing well.

Love and peace, Jeff McKenzie

 
 

    04/12/2005

I trust this finds all of you well.

   I thought I would show you a few more pictures so here they are. I also wrote one of the day logs for the main walk web site so if you would care to see what was on my mind today just click here, Day 32.

   Take care.

Love and peace, Jeff


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