Most historians believe Meriwether Lewis came to the Natchez Trace in a roundabout route from Fort Pickering, the site of present-day Memphis, Tennessee. He rode with a Chickasaw Indian agent named James Neely and two servants. A band of four.

Neely had to check in with his agency office, meaning Lewis probably came onto the Trace south of Colbert Ferry on the Tennessee River. They rode hard to Grinder’s Stand, where Lewis died on October 11, 1809.

Today I was stumbling through the second mile of my walk, close to where Lewis probably hit the Natchez Trace. Cool air tingled on my face, more mid-October than late-March. I stooped to photograph what I thought was a piece of trash.

Only, it wasn’t.

There on the tarmac was a Lewis & Clark nickel. Tails up. Clark’s words Ocean in view! O! The joy! screamed down through time. I swear I heard Lewis whisper……..

Happy Birthday, Andra.

Click here to see the best photos from Day 25 of my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr

What? You haven’t read the novel that started this crazy walking business? To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is available in paperback and e-book formats at these outlets: Click to Purchase To Live Forever.

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