LOOKING BACK on Memphis as I cross the mighty Mississippi River on my return journey across the country. It's the second time I've walked across this significant milestone as I've completed over 4000 miles from ocean to ocean and now on my way back home. Who would believe that one can travel so far without the aid of a car or bus or plane? It just shows how we all have the means to accomplish greater things if broken down into the smallest goals -- one step at a time.
Below me flows the Mississippi River, North America's largest river -- draining over a million square miles while discharging 500,000 cubic feet per second of water beneath my feet! That's a lot of water that's fallen on the watershed, and sort of poetic, I think, to see the results of one raindrop at a time.
In the 18th century the Mississippi marked the western boundary of the USA, and since completion of the western expansion, the river is considered a dividing line between the Eastern and Western United States. Interstate 40 crosses the Mississippi on the Hernandez de Soto bridge at Memphis, named for the 16th century European explorer that explored its banks and is buried near here. At night, the bridge lights form a giant "M" across the vast stretch of water. I wonder what that stands for? Memphis? Mississippi? Or both?
Miles 4085, Week 46, Weather 78F☀️