Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 22, 2013

Man hopes 160-mile journey will inspire folks to faith


On Monday Chambers started his Lower Peninsula trek from Indian River to Harbor Springs. On Tuesday, he walked to Petoskey. On Wednesday, he walked from Peshawbestown to Traverse City. His journey ends Friday in Manistee. He tries to stick to bike trails or railroad tracks instead of roads.

“I’ve been covered up twice by snowplows—it’s hard for drivers to see,” he said.

Chambers covers up to 20 miles a day. He hasn’t had to camp thanks to the generous offers of strangers and friends to stay at tribal resorts, rectories, and homes.

Chambers thought about the journey for years but didn’t want to rush into it.

Then came a sign came from an Acme woman. The blind woman woke up one morning and drew a map that appeared in her dream.

“Her husband thought it was something in the U.P.,” Chambers said. “Other spiritual people brought the map to me last summer, and asked if it made sense.”

Incredibly, her map lined up with Chamber’s own map of the native and mining communities he planned to walk to.

“That was my ‘Yes, you better get moving here,’” he said.

Chambers had dinner with the woman after wrapping up his Peshawbestown hike.

“It was like meeting an old friend for the first time,” he said.

Chambers said strangers tearfully thank and hug him. Some hand him a prayer list—spiritual fodder for the walk ahead.

Chambers said the walks are long but he’s never lonely.

“I enjoy the silence out there,” he said. “You really feel small, but you feel connected.”

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