Leaving Courtenay and our many friends and fond memories was bittersweet, but the road beckoned. Further we walk, the more it just seems normal to wake and walk.
Breakfast with Fr Anthony and Mary Ruth of Shaw who had interviewed Chief Everson of the K'omox First Nations yesterday. Chief Everson had been unable to meet Bishop due to funeral and pressing business, but agreed to give Mary Ruth five minutes (Bishop had met with the chief on his way north a few weeks ago).
In the interview, the chief said he believed Bishop to be a man of good character. He was impressed with Bishop's commitment in undertaking the Sacred Journey and was pleased he was taking this action. Mary Ruth has promised YouTube segment of the interview - stay tuned. Needless to say, we were most pleased.
For much of the day, we walked along the ocean with the majestic coastal mountains in the background. As we approached Fanny Bay and the oyster beds, sea lions barked at us, seeming to me to be calling me to look, and what a view. Truly one of God's wonderful days in God's creation.
Today, was mostly just walking - no events planned, so we walked in silence most of the day. A good day for reflection. Along the way, people joined us to wish the Bishop well and to walk with us for a bit.
Susan Ryan stayed with the RV until we arrived for our break. Brenda O'Brien walked with us for four miles into our overnight stop. At the stop, Doug was explaining the SJ, she came running over to give Bishop a hug and wish him well, something that is happening with more regularity as we move south.
Reflections at day's end again proved awesome insights. Brenda said the SJ had replaced hopelessness with hope. Others remarked that the time was right, that there was a sense of openness to deal with the issues to which the SJ was making a significant contribution.
So we travel on, commitment and hope alive and thriving.
Wayne for the team