Stop The Bombs International Peace Walk
Day 22 - Saturday April 2nd, 2005
Villamont VA to Bedford VA


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     Rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning light up the stained glass at morning prayer and gave us a taste of the day to come. After saying goodbye to Jon and Angie we stepped out into the wet, dressed in raincoats, garbage bags, rain pants, gaffa-taped sneakers and plastic bagged drums, anything to keep out the water...

   By the first break, local Colin had joined us to walk for the day. Another disgruntled young person failed by the electoral system- he had enrolled to vote 3 months before the election last year but was not registered apparently still by the time the election came around. He shared stories of youth apathy in the local area, while pointing out the D-Day memorial for Bedford. This "World's Greatest Little Town" (as the sign greeted us as we came in) had the highest loss of life per capita at the D-Day invasion. 23 of the 35 men who went died. The 44-foot memorial now stands on a hill looking out toward the beautiful Peaks of Otter and surrounding mountain ranges.

   Greetings from the Sheriff and the clouds lifted, wind picked up and sun peeked out from behind the gray. Gusty and cool but thankfully dry for the rest of the day. 4 locals came to meet us at the end of the day to take us to the YMCA where for those of us lucky enough to get in while the hot water still ran, we were able to take a shower (thank you!!).

   News of the death of Pope John Paul II spread and many of us joined the service at the Resurrection Church in Moneta before sharing an incredible feast prepared by locals from the church.

   The "walker choir" performed its song "walk in beauty" for the second time (still with no rehearsal!) with warm reception (but I think the song does its own magic, sparing embarrassment from some of us still mouthing words in places - oops !)

   Daylight saving kicks in tonight, so we lose an hour of sleep, goodnight!

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