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 when my brain told them to. I would eat a snack and in a short period of time I would be up and moving again. When we arrived in Kinston, we came upon a Federal checkpoint where our paroles and passes were checked.
After all the necessary paperwork was looked over, we were free to pass.
We continued on to meet with several veterans that were awaiting our arrival. At this point I had to say farewell to Wade who had to turn back for home. This was a strange feeling. Wade had been with me all the way. I was reminded of the times I had read about soldiers returning home and saying goodbye to comrades. I have only known Wade for a couple years and only really got to know him recently. I can only imagine what these soldiers felt like after years of war together.
I am looking forward to a night’s rest and a day of recuperation tomorrow.
- Philip Brown May 12, 2015