Browsing Archive: May, 2015

Day Seven - Princeton to Smithfield

Posted by Duke Homestead on Wednesday, 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 r...


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Journey into Johnston County - Goldsboro to Princeton in Photos

Posted by Duke Homestead on Wednesday, 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

Posted by Philip Brown on Wednesday, 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

Posted by Duke Homestead on Wednesday, 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

Posted by Philip Brown on Monday, May 18, 2015, In : Walk Home NC 


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

Posted by Duke Homestead on Monday, 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

Posted by Duke Homestead on Sunday, 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

Posted by Duke Homestead on Sunday, May 17, 2015, In : Walk Home NC 
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

Posted by Philip Brown on Sunday, May 17, 2015, In : Walk Home NC 


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

Posted by Duke Homestead on Sunday, May 17, 2015, In : Walk Home NC 
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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Day Two: Cove City to Kinston

Posted by Duke Homestead on Sunday, May 17, 2015,


May 12th, 2015

This was most certainly a challenging day. Wade and myself traveled twenty miles from Cove City to Kinston. This part of the trip involved stretches of straight road. They were so long that you could see over the horizon when you looked down the road.

I learned a number of lessons today. I had always been told that it was important to keep eating all day, and I understood that. But, today I felt what it was like to completely exhaust my energy. My legs would not move at times...


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Stormy Monday - New Bern to Cove City in Pictures

Posted by Duke Homestead Staff on Sunday, May 17, 2015, In : Walk Home NC 
At Union Point Park in New Bern, Philip, along with three other reenactors prepared for what would be a stormy first day.





Shortly after lunch, the group came across Francis Riggs and Nancy Hawkins Wood stopped the group, asking for news of Francis' son and giving them some supplies including a charm of protection. They were also hoping to find a person who was heading all the way to Durham Station and could take a letter.





The rain eventually stopped and the day turned sunny and hot. By the time...

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Day One: New Bern to Cove City

Posted by Philip Brown on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Daily Dispatch 


"We have reached the end of the first day. We covered a little over 18 miles traveling from New Bern to Cove City. Today was certainly challenging. We started out this morning at 9:30 in the pouring rain. It rained steady and the wind was strong for the first seven miles of the trip. At lunch we were able to stop and change our socks and medicated our feet. We were all fairly well suited on our feet until we began walking in the wet grass. This simply re-saturated our feet. However, we carrie...
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