By the time you read this, I will be walking. Maybe I’ll be through one mile or several. I might already be done for the day. My first fifteen miles on the Natchez Trace from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.

I’ll be posting daily, with posts going live at 8:30am EST. Unless I have a ton to say, I’m going to limit my posts to once a day. Please forgive me if the posts run a little longer than normal. Wherever possible, I’ll include links to the following places: Tumblr (for a collection of daily photos); YouTube (for a reader question of the day); other sites (where I may be featured); Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (for random thoughts). If this is all so scintillating that you want to bookmark those now, each highlighted service contains a link.

Today is also the official launch day of my new novel! You can talk, talk, talk about To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis anywhere you like starting today. If you haven’t already purchased the novel, click here: Support My Aching Feet. Review it on your blogs. Share it on social media. Hint: besides supporting my aching feet and my literary ambitions, there is something in it for you.

Now, for the best part.


We’re officially launching this contest on Monday, March 3. But, because you’re YOU, Dear Reader, and you’re here on a Saturday helping get my walk started with your support and encouragement, I wanted those of you in the continental US to know about the contest first.

For all the details, follow this link: TO LIVE FOREVER JOURNEY TO CHARLESTON CONTEST.
(Really. You have time to follow the link. You want to follow the link. There’s definitely something in it for you.)

If you have a question about my walk, the Natchez Trace, my Dad or To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, please submit it here: mystories(at)andrawatkins(dot)com. I will answer your questions via video segment each day.

If you want to text words of encouragement, call to keep me company, or FaceTime on an iPhone, please email me at readme(at)andrawatkins(dot)com. I’ll be happy to give loyal readers like you my mobile number.

If you reviewed To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis during its pre-release, THANK YOU. If you meant to write a review and life happened, you can still review the book at Goodreads here: Goodreads link; and at Amazon here: Amazon link.

If you mention the novel on your blog (see the CONTEST), please do a pingback to THIS POST so that Rowe and I will know.

I leave you with the whimsy of Good Luck In My Backpack.

buckeye, to live forever book andra watkinsThe buckeye Mr Dellinger gave me when we stopped at Dellinger’s Mill, a story I told in One Giant Leap for Mankind.

tandy rice business card, to live forever book andra watkinsA pair of business cards from a certain country music promoter I hope to have lunch with once again in Nashville. When I met him the first time, I wrote about it in We’ll Go Honkey-Tonkin.

lewis clark nickelA Lewis & Clark nickel.

five dollar billThe five dollar bill I wrote about in Luck Be a Lincoln.

reader notesNotes and cards from some of you.

two dollar bill, to live forever andra watkinsAnd, of course, a two dollar bill.

Thank you for your support, your encouragement, and your presence in my life. You have bazillions of options for places to spend time. Thank you for giving me a few minutes of your very valuable time.

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