Poet's new route

Got a note from Jeff Noland’s Galesburg, Ill., friend Rajean with his new route plans.

Jeff, who is walking from his Chicago home to New Orleans to raise money for that city’s Habitat for Humanity, will be joined by “Derrick,” and together they will walk to Springfield, Ill., on Route 97. They will then turn south and walk to St Louis.

“At that point,” Rajean writes, “if there is enough interest they will continue to
walk. Otherwise, at that point, Jeff will take the City of New Orleans from St Louis to Baton Rouge and will walk from there to NOLA. This will give him time to actually do his part by building or assisting directly in New Orleans.

“This appears to be the most definite route we've had to date. It winds through a lot of small towns but has two major cities on it. St Louis is currently the home of several hundred former New Orleanians and is the sister city to the ‘Jewel of the Mississippi,’ so it seemed very appropriate to go there.”

Apparently, others will be joining Jeff for the remainder of his walk, and I'm certain he appreciates the effort and the company.

The purpose of Jeff’s walk, of course, is to help those left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. For ways to make a contribution to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, see my previous post: LINK

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