Jimmy Wayne From the Road - Part 2
Jimmy Wayne checks in with Country Weekly during his "Meet Me Halfway" walk from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness of youth homeless issues.
Where are you at this point—what city or part of the country?
I'm approximately 10k outside of Memphis (Monday, Jan 18).
Can you talk about some more of the people you have met in the past week? Have they reached out to you and brought you items and supplies?
I've met more interesting people on this walk. LTC Garkey from Richmond, Va., drove overnight and parked his car; put on his army backpack/gear and joined in the walk. We set up our tents that night; woke up the following morning; of course he was shaved and packed before I even got out of my sleeping bag. We walked all day again, meeting more people along the way. People were slowing their vehicles down to take pictures; pass a thank you letter out the window or just say thanks and wave. I've received more hand warmers and root beer than I'm gonna be able to use (well more hand warmers that is). People feel compelled to share their personal stories with me; stories they wouldn't tell anyone. That's a lot of weight to carry. Of course the politicians have come out to say hi along with their camera and writer. That's the most annoying part of this walk so far.
Have you been able to keep the pace that you have set for yourself?
I've not been able to keep my pace because so many people have been stopping me to talk; take pictures; give me coffee etc. That's part of grass roots campaigning. I don't mind it at all. If people aren't interested in talking, then the campaign isn't generating the awareness that I hoped it would. So far it's doing better than I expected. Followers on twitter have gone up by the hundreds per day. Having fan support is fuel. I read their comments daily. I Ustream as well. This allows us to have a conversation "real time" and they can see me wherever I am in the world.