Day began with a wonderful Eucharist in our cozy cabin (7:30 am start to get us on the road an hour later). Rev Haggart and 24 of his people arrived by bus, we had a congregation of 30 people. Bishop's homily asked us to "see beyond, to look deeper, beyond the surface."
Assisted by Rev. Wally, the body and blood of Christ were distributed by those in attendance, one to another. A most joyful time of sharing and caring and a blessed way to start our day. Then we dived into Lorna's huge cinnamon buns, cut into four pieces and still a meal.
Lorna spontaneously became a sponsor as when I went to pay for the cabin, she would take no money. Later, Mary Ruth from Shaw, who came to film Bishop for a video story she is doing, told us when she explained the bishop's journey, Lorna remarked "I knew there was something special about him." (special indeed).
Able to delay no longer, off we we walked in the rain. Bishop asked me what I was thinking as we began. I replied "survival."
Rev David Fitzsimmons joined us for a few kms. Bishop and I had our rain gear on, although my coat again let me down a bit. David was less well covered and was wet when picked up down the road.
The weather remained unruly all day; breaks were longed for and welcome and both Marcia and Wally remarked at how well we both were doing. We maintained a pace of almost 5km per hour for all 8 hours. The Campbell River sign was also a welcome sight, although we knew we had about 10km still to walk.
After a brief visit with parishioners from St Peters, we were joined by Moraig and Rev Haggart for the final jaunt of 6 km to the hotel where Bishop and Marcia slept in a real bed for the first time in a week. Wally and I set off to separate billets - I with a lovely lady who runs a B&B.
So a tough test today - physical, mental and spiritual. A test we passed, buoyed by the special morning service and by the prayers of all. (But we continue to count on all of you to pray for good weather). We know, though, that this too is a day that the Lord has made!
Blessings to all... Wayne for the team