On August 2nd Ed Wiley, passionate grandfather of a Marsh Fork
Elementary School student, began a 40-day walk from Charleston,
West Virginia to Washington, DC to raise awareness
about the issues at Marsh Fork Elementary School and to
fundraise for the
Pennies of Promise campaign to build a new school. Each evening
he will be stopping in a different town, with the hope of giving
presentations regarding Marsh Fork Elementary to whoever will listen.
How you can help: Call Governor Manchin
every day Ed is walking--his support vehicle folks are calling every
day--and tell the Governor you want him to build a new school for the
Marsh Fork kids in their community. Tell him every student in America
deserves a safe place to go to school within their community. Tell him
you think it's a shame a grandfather has to walk in order to prod the
Governor to do what he should have done when he came into office a year
and a half ago. (Previous Gov. Wise knew about the trouble at Marsh
Call him toll-free: 1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000 or e-mail:
Help us tell West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin: ALL TALK, NO ACTION--NOT ACCEPTABLE!
Do You Remember Buffalo Creek? Walking Ed and the
Pennies of Promise Campaign
Ed Arrives in DC
View our photo gallery of Ed's arrival in DC. Click
The final days...September 11, 12 and 13
Your info-poster who updates this page leaves Sept. 11 to
join up with Ed. She travels to DC with a bunch of folks from the
Pennies of Promise campaign and Coal River Mountain Watch.
On Sept. 12, please, please call the Governor as
here. On Sept. 13, please join Ed and many
of his supporters as he walks into DC for a press conference. Details
here. Watch for us in the news. remember to make your donations
for the new Marsh Fork Elementary School. Click on "Sponsor the Walk"
Day 41: September 11
Reuters News Service in Washington Post--Grandpa marches on DC
for clean air and safe schools
Day 40: September 10
Dispatch from Ed's support team member, Austin Hall:
Knock Knock Knockin on D.C.'s Door!!
When we started this epic adventure, we spoke in reverend tones about
the distance that we had to go. 450 miles takes on an entirely new
perspective when you are confronted with the reality that this is no
longer a day trip, welcome to the 40-ay march to DC--with experiences we
could never have imagined, countless memories...
We are now at the threshold of our final destination, 35 miles from
DC. It is almost impossible to wrap your head around. Ed Wiley is
knocking on the front door of our nation's capitol...Today was a turning
point in the walk, we have entered the land of commuter traffic, 6 lane
highways and the hustle and bustle that compliments the craziness of
Shaun Price, a father of a Marsh Fork Elementary school student,
accompanied Ed on his first interstate miles today. Down the highway
these two men walked in the hot sun in adverse conditions in effort to
deliver the students of Marsh Fork Elementary a SAFE school within their
I had a wonderful surprise today. This afternoon in Leesburg,
Virginia two frantic women crossed the street bearing straight for us,
waving their arms and screaming in a 6-yea-old on the playground sort of
way. At first I was caught off guard, as was the rest of the party. But
then upon closer inspection and to my absolute delight, I realized the
two frantic women were my mom and sister with my cousin Shawn, who was
not quite as frantic, but still excited to find us.
Oh, and I almost forgot to to tell you--we have
our meeting with Byrd! Ed Wiley will now bring the plea of the Marsh
Fork Elementary School to the national delegation of West Virginia!
Days 35, 36, 38, 39: September 6, 7, 8, 9
Ed's walking away. Are you calling away? Call the governor
today. Check the
Pennies of Promise website for some new videos from Ed and Crew.
Day 34: Tuesday, September 5
Where is Ed this raining morning? He's setting off from
Shepherdstown toward DC. Ed's arrival date for
DC has been changed. He'll now arrive in DC on September 13, for a 1
p.m. press conference with Congressman Chris Shays outside the Cannon
Please plan on joining Ed as he walks into DC. And please call
Governor Manchin today! Details above.
Report from Austin Hall, on the road with Ed: Yesterday, at our party
for Ed in Shepherdstown, there was an entire entourage of people who
have gone way out of their way to support Ed and the walk. College kids,
professors, working heroes, and little children gathered at the train
station to give Ed the best West Virginia send-off I could have
imagined. There are approximately 1000 people here in Shepherdstown, and
by my estimates there was at least 100 people at our Ed Wiley
Shindig--that is a tenth of the town that came to surround Ed and crew
with love and encouragement.
First of all, our venue was amazing: an old train station with old
creaky wood floors and tall ceilings, it was a perfect stage for Ed to
deliver the best presentation I have seen him give thus far. Ed
eloquently delivered his Marsh Fork Elementary presentation to an
incredibly attentive audience. As Ed delivered his plea to help the
school, a dozen Shepherdstown angels frantically crammed into a kitchen
to prepare a free incredible meal for all who had come to support Ed,
and the Speakeasy Boys a local bluegrass band tuned their instruments in
anticipation of a good ole send-off for Mr. Ed Wiley.
After the presentation, the impromptu block party for Ed began.
Children played on skateboards, the music started, dancing was had, and
Ed mingled with his many loyal fans. Ed had become a local hero. For the
entire afternoon, we celebrated for Ed and the cause. At one point in
the afternoon we called the Governor and a crowd of supporters yelled
into the phone "WE SUPPORT ED WILEY, LOVE SHEPHERDSTOWN." That should be
a great message that the office gets this morning. The people of this
town were not only generous with their time, but also with their
donations I am not sure how much was given for the school, but it
was a lot. Looking out over the crowd I was overwhelmed with happiness.
It looks as though we get to see our friends from Shepherdstown
again--several people proclaimed they would be their for the arrival of
Ed in DC. Mothers said they were taking their kids out of school for the
occasion (incredible!). Our thanks for the people and town of
Shepherdstown could never be expressed with my words. Ed and I and
Jordan were deeply, deeply touched. ...We left Shepherdstown rested and
rejuvenated, carrying with us to DC the love and support of our new and
cherished friends from the oldest town in West Virginia.
Day 33: Monday, September 4
Read all about Ed's Day in the Martinsburg Journal:
Walking with purpose
Day 32: Sunday, September 3
Dispatch from Austin Hall: It's Gonna be a Party! So
after our much needed R and R here in Shepherdstown, we are gearing up
for a shindig for Ed tomorrow. At 2 p.m. in Shepherdstown at the Train
Station, Ed will have a stage to give a presentation on Marsh Fork
Elementary. A local bluegrass band, who we hear is amazing (The
Speakeasy Boys) are going to play in honor of Ed and the cause. After we
get down to some music, we are all going to a park for a picnic.
Shepherdstown WE LOVE YOU. After our stay here, with recharged
batteries, we will march on to D.C. It hit me today that after 31 days
on the road, we truly are nearing our goal of D.C. Being within 100
miles of Senator Robert Byrd is making me incredibly anxious. As always,
Ed wants to express his love and thanks to all of our
supporters--without you this walk would have been impossible.
Day 32: Saturday, September 2
Ed's chilling in Shepherdstown...except he's calling the
Day 31: Friday, September 1
Ed's in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where the town
passed a resolution welcoming and supporting Ed and the
Pennies of Promise campaign. Please do the same! Donate, and call the
governor. Details above.
Day 30: Thursday, August 31
Ed's in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and he'll be there for
a few days. Check out this dispatch from Austin, one of Ed's support
Ed has been telling us from day one that when he makes it to
Shepherdstown he will know in his mind that he will have made it. Well,
we are here, and it definitely feels as though we have accomplished
something great, just by making it here. Frank Salzano and the
Shepherdstown crew have shown us an incredible welcome. From the moment
we arrived we have been welcomed with meals, places to stay,and much
needed rest and relaxation. Ed has been hitting the street with
incredible results for his efforts. Professors have offered their
classrooms for Ed to speak in, and donations are rolling in. It seems as
though the entire town is behind us, and it feels great. We are way
ahead of schedule and we intend to hang out in Shepherdstown until our
September 4th town-hosted party for Ed. Which of course, I will be
sharing stories about when we get to the event.
You can e-hang out with Ed and his crew by donating on line: click
here. And c-hang (call-hang?) with Ed by calling the
Governor! See above Day 28 for the Governor's phone number and for
Day 29: Wednesday August 30
Where's Ed? We aren't quite sure yet today, but he's closing
in on DC. Please do you part for the Pennies of Promise campaign--call
the governor! See above and below. And check out this news:
EPA finds asbestos, coal dust at Marsh Fork grade school
Day 28: Tuesday August 29
Appalachian Voices blog:
Call The Governor! t is now urgent that you contact the Governor.
1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000
Tell WV Governor Joe Manchin…
... that you stand with Ed Wiley,
...support his walk,
...support the building of a New Marsh Fork Elementary School,
...and that we CAN NOT ALLOW COAL DUST TO POISON THE CHILDREN!
1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000
Not in West Virginia will we allow coal dust to poison our children.
Not in North Carolina will we allow coal dust to poison our children.
Not in California will we allow coal dust to poison our children.
Not in the United States of America will we allow coal dust to poison
our children, or make kids attend schools under faulty sludge
impoundments holding 2.8 billion gallons of mountaintop removal waste.
Please take two minutes to tell the governor what you think.
1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000
Let him know that there is
scientific certainty that these children are being poisoned by
chemically treated coal dust, and that this shouldn’t go on a day
Day 27: Monday August 28
Ed's only 120 miles from DC. He'll be walking through more
densely populated areas now, which will slow him down as he explains the
situation at Marsh Fork Elementary to more people. You can help
spread word about Marsh Fork Elementary by visiting the Pennies of
Promise website and adding your pennies for the school. If you pledge a
penny for every mile Ed will walk between Charleston, WV and DC, that's
$4.55. That should still leave some pennies in your bank, so please
pledge today! You can leave a comment for Ed on the website, too. And
then call the governor. See above.
Dispatch from Austin Hall, one of Ed's support crew:
Great Cacapon, like Paw Paw, is quite small. But the effort the
townspeople put forth to support Ed and Pennies of Promise is great. On
the steps of the United Methodist Church on Main St. in Cacapon, Ed
spread the word still further about the Marsh Fork Elementary School.
The reaction to Ed's story has now become incredibly predictable.
Everyone, no matter what walk of life, is baffled by the situation.
It's as if their minds won't let the image of a 385-foot tall sludge
dam looming over an elementary school process as reality. At the close
of Ed's presentation, the Pastor of the church, members of the
community, and the youth group children offered Ed pennies, hugs, warm
words and promises of support. As always, to see Ed with children is
touching. The children we meet embody the very reason we are out here.
They drive us to succeed. For the Children of Appalachia we will keep on
pushing ever closer to D.C.
Day 26: Sunday August 27
Ed's still a walking and it's still hot, hot, hot. Help the Pennies
of Promise campaign keep the heat on the governor--call today and leave
a message, then call tomorrow to make sure the gov got the message. See
above for message, phone numbers.
Day 25: Saturday August 26
Ed spent the night in Great Cacapon, W.Va. He spoke with a Reuters
reporter yesterday, so watch for a story in the national news. As
Ed walks on toward DC, Please call the governor! See above.
Dispatch from Austin Hall, one of Ed's support crew:
Day 25: It rained for the first time in a month last night. Here
in the Eastern Panhandle things have been really dry. For the last two
nights, we have been camping on the banks of the very beautiful Cacapon
The peaceful river has rejuvenated our road-tired spirits. It is
really a luxury, in our eyes, to be able to retreat to the woods at the
end of a long day, kick off our shoes, take a swim, and enjoy the shade
of massive silver maple trees...After a very long and hot day we all
retreated to the banks of our new favorite river, The Cacapon. That's
just about when the clouds rolled in. They offered a much needed deluge
for the greenery of the panhandle, but sent us scrambling for cover.
Luckily, adjacent to our campsite was an overpass bridge. It served
as an excellent shelter from a really excellent thunderstorm. Amidst the
chaos of getting all of our stuff in the dry and making sure we were out
of reach of any flood waters, we realized this would be an amazing time
for Ed to share his thoughts for an on camera interview.
With the cameras rolling we could capture one of the many unexpected
situations we have encountered over our three hundred mile journey.
Filmmaker Mike O'Connell and Ed-support-crew member Jordan sprang
into action--viola--we had lighting provided by Mike's pickup truck
headlights. Ed asked the camera, " Would Joe Manchin be out here for the
children of West Virginia"? I watched, from a rainy patch of woods, what
in my opinion was the most powerful visual image of the whole trip. Ed
holding the drenched Pennies banner, spotlighted with headlights, as
lighting flashed and thunder boomed behind him.
We are out in all kinds of very different and sometimes challenging
situations. Yet we always remain steadfast, with the knowledge that our
efforts, especially Ed's will result in a new Marsh Fork Elementary. I
hope everyone is still calling the Governor, if not get on it, call
Senator Byrd as well and tell him of Ed and the Pennies March.
Day 24: Friday August 25
We haven't heard yet today where Ed is. Have you called the governor
yet today? See above. Please call!
Day 23: Thursday August 24
Thursday, 12 Noon - Rotary Luncheon Meeting, Maria's Garden, Berkeley
Springs. Park At City Bank. Expect him to talk to Mayor Susan Webster.
Rotary president Charlotte Sherman will present him with pennies
Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Gathering at Community Garden Market. Ed
will be presented with pennies collected there. Other individuals are
invited to meet him and bring more pennies. Ed will continue his walk,
from Berkeley Springs toward Martinsburg. He'll return to Berkeley
Springs on the 27th for an event, 3 p.m. at the Red Guitar.
Day 22: Wednesday August 23
Trod on, brother! Ed met with folks at the Stoney Creek
Store, Largent. Owner Joe Decker presented him with pennies collected!
Ed then walked from Largent to Great Cacapon. In the evening, him
gathering at Calvary Methodist Church, organized by children.
Call the governor! (See above.) Tell him Ed's collecting pennies. Is
he, the gov, moving on his promises to help the children at Marsh Fork
Day 21: Tuesday August 22
Mega-thanks to Abby Chapple!
Today, Ed met with Robert Palmer, the mayor of Paw Paw, W.Va. He
spoke to a gathering of folks at the Liberty Gas Station in Paw Paw.
He's staying overnight in Largent.
Day 20: Monday August 21
Ed's support team member Austin Hall checks in:
After a very long stretch of open road, Ed finally reached a town of
decent size. The Pennies of Promise walk descended upon Romney this
morning around 11 am. We were met with curious stares, beeps of the
horn, the editor the the local paper (the Hampshire Review), and some
very friendly librarians. Ed posed for pictures taken by the editor, and
we hope to see Ed's smiling face in the next issue. The local librarians
in Romney came to the sidewalk to inquire about Ed and his giant flag.
They offered the library as a rest stop and a place for Ed to tell his
story. As always, Ed delivered the story of Marsh Fork in excellent
detail and patience. The listeners were of course appalled and offered
donations, and kind words of support to the Pennies of Promise walk to
D.C. Last night Jordan, Ed and I camped along the banks of the South
Branch of the Potomac River. Ed said we should make a raft and just
float the rest of the way. It was encouraging to know that we were along
a waterway that flows into our final destination. In a way, the river
was letting us know we were close, and that we should just keep rolling
on. 280 miles and counting! Why don't ya'll call the governor and tell
him how awesome you think Ed is, and how he should get us a new school!
250 miles into the walk, at Bulington, West Virginia (near Romney)
on Sunday, August 20.
Day 19: Sunday August 20
We haven't heard where Ed is. We have heard that some of you
have been calling and e-mailing the governors. Please keep it up and get
more people to do the same! See the information just above Ed's walking,
walking, walking. You can be calling, calling, calling.
Day 18: Saturday August 19
Where's Ed? We don't know. Do you know if you have been
calling the governor? Please do! See the information just above.
Day 17: Friday August 18
A check-in from Austin, one of Ed's support team members:
After a short exit from West Virginia into Maryland, we are back on home
turf. Currently Ed is walking on a particularly hilly section of
Rt.50...Ed still surprises me with his stamina and determination, and as
each day advances I realize how far we have gone and it amazes me.
Spirits are high, the weather is great, and we are beginning to realize
we are really going to make it to D.C. Please call the governor! See
Day 16: Thursday August 17
Where's Ed? Taking his first steps into another state, though
his route will soon bring him back into West Virginia. Celebrate
his new state--call the governor and tell him to make a new school for
Marsh Fork Elementary kids happen--in their community.
Day 15: Report from the Road
Austin Hall, on Ed's Pennies of Promise Walk support team, reports:
225 miles-halfway there; And the day Ed conquered Cheat Mountain,
Well we have arrived at our mileage halfway point, and I must say it
is an amazing feeling. Yet there could not have been a more challenging
obstacle in front of our hallowed halfway point than Cheat Mountain.
This particular mountain, which rises just before the Maryland border,
has been looming over our heads for the past two days. To drive it is
difficult, to walk it was insane. Three miles straight up, with a dozen
blind curves and logging trucks careening down our own little West
Virginia Everest. But of course, Ed conquered this mountain with the ease
of a mountain goat. At the top of this treacherous peak, Ed was no more
flustered than he had been walking on flat ground. After 225 miles I
guess the man has adjusted to walking all day!
Ed stopped outside Aurora West Virginia, with the bluest sky I can
remember as his backdrop of success. Tomorrow we will walk into Maryland
for just a few miles before dropping back into West Virginia. But we
won't pass through Maryland without making some noise. The local press
has already been clued in to Ed's walk. They are planning to meet us on
the roadside for photographs and an interview. The news of Ed Wiley and
the plight of Marsh Fork Elementary School is spreading like wildfire.
We are still receiving amazing support-- people from all walks of life
agree on that we must get the students of our community a new school.
Just yesterday, on a lonely stretch of road, I had the opportunity to
share Ed's story with a small group of state inmates working with the
WVDOT. These men were outraged at the situation, awestruck that children
would be subjected to this clearly negligent situation. As I told these
men of Ed and his journey they became visibly inspired. I spoke with
them for a half an hour. By the end of our converstation, they had given
Ed their snacks from their bag lunches, and vowed to write letters to
Joe Manchin--" All we have is time, we can manage a letter." This
encounter further assured me of the validity of our cause and the worth
and purity this walk carries with it. I will not forget these men and
their whole hearted support of a man they would not even have a chance
to meet. One inmate, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed his
concerns about his own children and that Ed is truly fighting for all
children of Appalachia. Upon seeing the aerial flyover shot of Marsh
Fork Elementary he exclaimed, "Man, they wouldn't even build a prison
there much less an elementary school."
Ed again wanted to convey his heartfelt thanks to all of the
supporters of this walk. Especially now that we are halfway to
Washington, we realize we have made it here with y'alls support, which
aids Ed through each long mile. I also wish to convey my thanks--I see
firsthand how the support of everyone is making this walk a true
success. So call the Governor and tell him of our achievements!
Day 15: Wednesday August 16, 2006
No report yet this morning on Ed's whereabouts--except for in the
news. (See 8/16 links to news coverage in the sidebar.) Victory! The DEP
denied Massey Energy's request to build a second coal silo even closer
to the kids.
Sarah Haltom of the watchdog group Coal River Mountain Watch said she
was pleased with the decision.
“But the silos are not the only problem, and if Massey’s engineers
cannot even get a map right, how can we expect them to maintain a 2.8
billion gallon sludge dam above the school?’’ she asked. “These children
still deserve a new school in their own community away from all of the
threats that hover over them from the Massey sites here.’’
Help forward the Pennies of Promise campaign goal of obtaining
a new, safe school for the kids in their community. Call the governor
today! Details above in red.
Day 14: Tuesday August 15, 2006
Where's Ed? He must be in a land of spotty cell phone
reception and few Internet hook-ups, because we don't know where he
is--except in the news! Coal River Mountain Watch received great
news--DEP once again denied Massey Energy's request to build a second
coal silo even closer to the kids attending Marsh Fork Elementary!
Celebrate this victory by calling the governor. Remind him the kids are
far from safe. They deserve a new school in their community, away from
this messy Massey operation. Call the governor toll-free:
1-888-438-2731 or 1-304-558-6000 or e-mail:
Governor@WVGov.org. Remind him
Ed is still walking and the Pennies of Promise campaign is still getting
donations for a new school. Ask him why he doesn't do the right thing so
Ed can stop walking!
Day 13: Monday August 14, 2006
Ed has turned onto Rt.50 heading straight toward DC. Ed has logged
180 miles! Please do your part--call the governor. See the information
Day 12: Sunday August 13, 2006
Where's Ed? We don't know. Do you know if you have been calling the
governor? Please do! See the information just above.
Day 11: Saturday August 12, 2006
Ed left Buckhannon this morning and is heading for Philippi
today. A note from Austin:
Spirits are still high, and the country we are currently traveling
is absolutely stunning. We had the pleasure of camping of on the Middle
Fork River last night. Relaxing by firelight eating hotdogs and boiled
potatoes and listening to Ed's endless supply of stories has become a
treasured end of the day routine. In two days we will be heading east on
Rt. 50, this has been a mental marker in my mind since Day 1. When we
turn right on 50 we will be leaving West Virginia behind, walking
straight towards our nation's capitol, and hopefully walking closer
towards a new school for the children of Marsh Fork Elementary. I am
wildly curious as to how we will be received in the upcoming suburbs,
cities and towns. I yearn to see how the world outside of West Virginia
will react to Ed's impassioned delivery of Marsh Fork's dire situation.
Only time will tell, and for now we will burn up the miles, and take our
message to everyone we possibly can.
Ed is currently somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 miles. In 65
miles we will have reached the halfway point! Ed continually wants me to
share with everyone, that all of his supporters are with him every step
of the way, and that his heart goes out to all of those that believe in
Day 10: Friday August 11, 2006
A note from Austin: Hello from Buckhannon. Ed arrived on Main St.
this morning, right around. Following our local TV news appearance last
night, and a very good article in the Record Delta this morning, Ed was
very well received in this town. Last night, JW Randolph joined Ed's
support crew. His energy has boosted our slightly road-weary spirits,
and with his help Jordan and I were able to hit the ground in Buckhannon
running. Pamphlets were passed around, and we secured last minute media
coverage from the Inter Mountain newspaper. Ed boldly walked down Main
St., purple flag waving in the wind, accompanied by a reporter for the
Inter Mountain Paper. To our delight Janet Keating from Ohio Valley
Environmental Coalition joined Ed for a few miles of his journey to D.C.
(She also treated us to lunch which was wonderful, we all want to thank
her for her support and of course for the food). Today Ed and the
Pennies Of Promise march heads north out of Buckhannon toward Rt.119 and
our next town, Philippi Ed is currently at 150 miles and showing no
signs of slowing down. We are still going strong, so please keep up the
phone calls to the Governor, not one day must go by without his office
knowing we are still out here! Thanks again, Austin.
Day 9: Thursday August 10, 2006
Ed's in Buckhannon today. He had interviews with the local paper,
the Record Delta, and WDTV Channel 5. Keep making the calls to Governor
Manchin--see above for info.
Day 8: Wednesday August 9, 2006
Ed should arrive in Rock Cave tonight. He clocked another 16 miles
yesterday--when, as Ed clocked the 100 mile mark, the torrential rain
let up, the sun came out, and Ed made a heartfelt speech of thanks to
all who have supported the Pennies of Promise campaign.
Ed wanted to make sure everyone knew about the ammonia spill for a
coal prep plant in Upshur County, where he should be by the end of the
day. The spill killed fish along 1.5 miles of stream Tuesday. What would
have happened had this spill been at the coal prep plant that borders
the Marsh Fork Elementary School?
Ed should be in Buckhannon tomorrow or early the next day. At
Buckhannon, he heads up 119 North to Grafton, then it's 50 East to
Day 7: Tuesday August 8, 2006
Ed's amazing! In 7 days he has walked over 100 miles for the
Pennies of Promise campaign. Please
make those calls to the Governor, as above, and please hook up Ed with
speaking engagements and places to stay along the way. See "How you Can
Help" in the sidebar above.
Start of Day 6: Monday August 7, 2006
From Austin, on the road with Ed:
After 8 hours of heavy thunder and lighting (overnight), the
morning turned out to be quite pleasant. Ed began his walk on Day 6 in
the town of Gassaway. With the patience of Job, Ed told and retold his
story to everyone he encountered. Here comes the good part, as he passed
the Mayor's office in Gassaway, Ed decided it would be best to pay him a
little visit. Ed marched right into the Mayor's office told him the plea
of the Marsh Fork issue, and asked if he would call the Governor to
relay his own concerns about the Marsh Fork Elementary School. From the
way Jordan described the scene, it sounded pretty outstanding( I was
busy getting ice for our constantly warming cooler). Today, Ed heads
into Sutton WV, the first substantial town since Charleston. You can bet
Jordan I will be there to inform the masses of the oncoming fright
train, we call Ed.
End of Day 5: Sunday August 6, 2006
Ed's in Gassaway, and if we all walked like him we could put
that gas away. But for now, let's get the Marsh Fork Elementary kids
away from the coal silo, the prep plant and the sludge dam. That's why
Ed's walking--to get them a new school in their community. The
last two nights, Ed and crew have camped along the Elk River. Today Ed
walked another 16.5 miles. He's heading toward Sutton tomorrow.
Notes from Austin, on the road with Ed:
Thunder and lighting stayed our constant companions on the night of Day
5. Ed walked, blisters and all, another 16.5 miles. We spent the night
once again on the Elk River, in what some would call a torrential
downpour. As Jordan and I retired to our tents, Ed stayed awake to watch
the lighting and unwind a bit. Jordan and I were asleep as soon as our
heads hit the pillow. As we slept Ed, watched a small bobcat stroll
right through our campsite in between our tents and into the woods.
Start of Day 5: Sunday August 6, 2006
Ed's heading for Sutton today.