When you read these words, I will be walking.
From March 1 to April 3, 2014, walking will be my life. I am the first person of either sex to walk the Natchez Trace as the pioneers did since the rise of steam power in the 1820s. I am walking 15 miles a day. Six days a week. One rest day per week. I will finish in 34 days.
The Natchez Trace is a 10,000-year-old road that stretches from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. It’s probably one of the oldest things on the North American continent.
A tunnel through time.
Its history inspired my novel. Meriwether Lewis died along the Trace in Tennessee on October 11, 1809. Elvis Presley sprung from its bowels. So did Oprah Winfrey.
For 34 days, I am walking with ghosts and taking readers into the world of my novel. One step at a time.
Join me at andrawatkins.com. Your words of encouragement might be the ones that carry me through another 15-mile day. I hope to see you on the Trace.