Day Seven - Princeton to Smithfield

May 20, 2015


May 17, 2015

 

After photo opportunities and a solid breakfast we set out from Princeton on the way to Smithfield. I began the day walking with Mia Berg, and then with Julia.

After lunch provided by the Johnston County Visitor’s Bureau I was joined by two young men by the names of Lawrence and Tyler. They are booth local Civil War enthusiast and wanted to take part in part of the day’s walking. They were with me the last nine or so miles of the day.

Upon arrival in Smithfield I was received at the Hastings House and was give some nice cold water.

 


Shortly after arrival we went to a cemetery for a short wreath laying and remembrance ceremony. In the cemetery were approximately 15 Confederate Soldiers.

Following the ceremony we weren't over to the Johnston County Heritage Center for a dinner. So far, my time in Johnston County has been quite enjoyable.

Philip Brown

May 17, 2015

 

Journey into Johnston County - Goldsboro to Princeton in Photos

May 20, 2015
Philip's walk out of Goldsboro began with a new experience - morning traffic.


Very quickly, however, he was out into the countryside and things only got more and more beautiful. 



Arriving in Johnston County, Philip and the support team found lunch waiting for them thanks to the Johnston County Visitors Bureau. Philip had walked 8 miles that morning and had quite a few more to go, so lunch really hit the spot. 



He walked the last three miles into Princeton with one of his close friends who travel...

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Day Six - Goldsboro to Princeton

May 20, 2015


Today we set out from the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield and at about 8:30 am. We walked through some very pretty countryside along the Neuse River. I started the day walking with Julia.

After lunch, Andrew from Duke Homestead joined me for a couple of hours. Then I was joined by Conner, my college roommate and close friend. Conner and I completed the last 3 miles to Princeton together. Princeton gave us a very warm reception. There was a short wreath laying ceremony at the veterans memoria...


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Seven Springs to Goldsboro in Pictures

May 20, 2015
Before starting out, Philip and the support group took a quick look around the visitor's center at Cliffs on the Neuse State Park to check out the exhibits.


Luckily, this was the only bear Philip met while in the park.


The Neuse river winds its way through path Philip is taking from New Bern to Durham and he has crossed it more than a few times and will cross it again before the walk is over. 


Walking through eastern North Carolina that day was very beautiful. The views also included part of a l...

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Day Five - Seven Springs to Goldsboro

May 18, 2015


May 15, 2015

Tonight I am writing inside a barn in the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield. I left this morning from the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. On my way out of the park I stopped at the visitor center and looked at some of the wonderful exhibits.

Myself and Julia then hit the road. The weather was generally very nice and the terrain was rolling which was a welcome relief from the boring flat lands that I have previously covered.

We covered a total of 13 miles today from the Seven Sprin...


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Hills and Beautiful Weather - Kinston to Seven Springs in Pictures

May 18, 2015
After the heat of the second day, everyone was relieved to wake up and find it nice and cool outside. It was going to be a lovely walk to Seven Springs. Philip and the support team started out the day with a farewell breakfast at the G.I. Joe Military Museum - a museum founded by the same veterans who spent the past day and a half with Philip. It was a lovely send off that included a gift of a handmade pair of socks. Philip began this part of his journey with Andrew Duppstadt of NC State Hist...

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Day Four - Kinston to Seven Springs

May 17, 2015


May 14, 2015

Today was a pretty simple day. We began with a breakfast at the G.I. Joe Museum in downtown Kinston. This is a wonderful facility that all who are reading this should visit. It is a museum created by veterans, a place where they can tell their story in their own way. I had the chance to speak with a number of the veterans about their experiences in the service.

Afterwards we had a big send off for myself and Andrew Duppstadt who walked halfway with me today (probably a little o...
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A Day of Rest - Kinston

May 17, 2015
While Wednesday was a rest day for Philip, he wasn't without something to do. In the morning the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center hosted a breakfast for Philip along with local veterans. After breakfast, one of the site staff gave Philip, the veterans, and the support team a tour of the new exhibits. Of course, it was the Neuse itself, sitting in it's new home, that made the largest impression.





Philip then went to two local schools to present a program about life after war. He was accompanied by ...

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Day Three - Rest Day in Kinston

May 17, 2015


May 13, 2015

 

Today was a simply amazing day. I won’t be able to capture everything in this journal. If you’re reading this and you want to know more you will have to ask me personally some day.

I spent the day in Kinston. The day began with a breakfast with a number of veterans. I am once again overwhelmed by the out-pouring of hospitality I have been shown. After breakfast at the Neuse Interpretive Center and seeing the amazing exhibits we all went to two schools and talked to Stud...


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The Second Day is the Hardest - Cove City to Kinston in Pictures

May 17, 2015
Day two dawned sunny and hot. Philip and Wade spent the night in the Cove City Baptist Church and while it was 17 miles to Kinston via highway 70, they would be taking back roads that day and covering 20 miles to get there. 




The day quickly turned even hotter and Philip and Wade were forced to take more rest breaks than they had anticipated. The sun was setting by the time they reached Kinston.






Almost their destination, Philip and Wade were joined by veteran Sgt. Jason Posey who walked the last...

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