"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
—Louisa May Alcott
Day 84 - Thursday, September 14, 1995 - Joe Soto learned today that his dad, Ishmael, needs immediate surgery for removal of a stomach ulcer and malignant cancer.
Taking regretful leave of his wife, Ineke, and their daughter Julia (Doongees), Joe departed the walk in Nashville to drive the highways South to his father's home in Kissimmee, Florida.
Driving South - Photo by Matthew Shirona - stock.xchng.com
Ned Pashene, Scott Kecken, and Running Fawn all traveled with him on the 18-hour drive South. They formed a circle of support, and a network of connection with Ineke, Doongees and the main body of walkers, still encamped in Kelly Noser's backyard in Nashville, Tennessee.
In Nashville the walkers scouted around. The day was warm, but not unbearable. They thought of and prayed for, Ishmael and his family, and the carload of walkers on the road south.