Walk to Freedom by the Numbers

• On day 12 of Walk to Freedom,

I will have completed 146 miles between Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham.

• Number of miles to go to from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee: 246

• Walked an average of 12.16 miles per day; shortest day was 4 miles (walk from Montgomery Camp site 4 to Alabama State Capital steps); longest was 21.6 miles (Clanton to Calera to beat out expected overnight thunderstorms).

• Walked across 14 townships, (Selma, Benton, Lowndes, Lowndesboro, Montgomery, Millbrook, Deatsville, Verbeana, Thorsby, Clanton, Calera, Pelham, Hoover, Birmingham)

• Walked across 7.5 of 11 counties in Central Alabama, including Dallas, Lowndes, Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, Chilton, Shelby, and Jefferson

• Completed the entirety of the 1965 original march route from Selma to Montgomery

• Total rest days to date: 2

• Number of times I’ve been stopped on the road by well wishers: more times then I can count

• Number of nights I’ve been offered a place to stay by strangers inspired by my walk: 6

• Number of nights requiring hotel stays: 5 (due to intense thunderstorms or freeze warnings)

• Number of tent nights: 3 (of which on one night camp site was flooded by rain water)

  • Number of animals I’ve blessed on the side of the road that were killed by vehicular traffic: more than I wish to count.