[ NOTE: I apologize for the delay in writing this entry. A busy schedule after finishing my walk coupled with the lack of sleep over the months catching up with me made it difficult to get my thoughts together. I’m now relaxed and in good state of mind. ]
Los Angeles, CA. On July 20th, 2013 at 11:00 am I finally made it to my destination of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California located in South Los Angeles. From my start in New York it took exactly 7 long months and 22 days to reach Los Angeles, but I finally made it!
For the last 2-miles several people joined me for the final leg. Including WM Dorian Glover of New York, Malcolm Douglas, PM Walter Davis, and several other great individuals. During that time-frame there were several people honking and expressing signs of support for my efforts.
Mixed feelings of joy, appreciation, peace, accomplishment, along with exhaustion (both mentally and physically) all overwhelmed me simultaneously. I’m glad I didn’t get teary eyed towards the end as I had a probably over couple dozen times over the course of the trek. My continuous smile shown throughout the last day was result of accomplishing my mission, the huge love & support shown, and the fact I was finally going back home!
My journey would not have been accomplished without the hundreds of people who supported me along the way. Even with its flaws we live in such as great nation, to experience the amount of generosity I have received during these almost 8-months has been astounding. Now with my super busy life back here in New York I will still continue writing entries and posting photos thanking as many across the country as I can who assisted in some way (I have a long list but didn’t have time while walking).
I want to the thank the following people & organizations who helped me out tremendously the last couple of days of the walk and immediately after:
MW Lovell Morgan, Grand Lodge Officers, Brothers & Sisters of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Jurisdiction of California, PM Walter Davis, MW Dorian R. Glover, Jody Lepore, Malcolm Douglas, Ron Gamble & Anissa Brathwaite, Brother Headley, PM Kevin Malone,WM Donny Jones & the Brothers of High Desert Lodge #107 (Victorville, CA), Pastor Birdgette and the entire Belmont Baptist Church congregation, The Hugyiks, The Bacons, American Diabetes Association of California (Sunnyvale, CA area), JetBlue, and everyone else who graciously donated, or supported my worthy cause in the L.A./San Francisco area.
Until next entry PEACE!