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My vision on Highway 60Posted Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 11:20 AM
Utah resident Steve Corson carries his cross east on Highway 60 near Mountain View, Mo. He and his wife Loie are walking from Glendale, Utah, to Washington, D.C. to lift up Jesus, the Holy Bible, and love. This reporter found them just east of Birch Tree, Mo. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2010.
One year, I saw a man struggling up a hill near Van Buren on in-line roller skates. My sister Kathy, who makes the trip from Springfield two or three times a year, once saw a man dressed up as BATMAN, walking along Highway 60. She didn't stop, so we're still curious about that odd scene.
Last Sunday, my fiance and I were taking my sister-with-the-broken-arm back as far as Hill Billy Junction to meet my brother, when we saw a woman walking east on Hwy 60, carrying a cross! Rather than miss lunch with my brother, we forged on, vowing to stop on the way back.
By the time we caught up with the cross, a man was carrying it, so we cut across the median and went back to get the scoop.
Steve Corson and his wife Loie, residents of Glendale, Utah, say that the Lord called them in 2001 to begin training for the "cross walk." About two years ago, they struck out on their own to carry his cross from Utah to Washington, D.C., a total of some 2,000 miles.
When they are home, the semi-retired couple is active in the Light The Way Christian Fellowship in Provo.
The Corsons take turns carrying two crosses, a large one for Steve and a small one for Loie.
"We really believe in the love of the scripture," says Steve. "We have love on our crosses on both sides. We are happy Christians. We are not sad and mopey. Those are not real Christians."
Steve says that it's very unusual to see a woman carrying a cross, but his wife is a "wonder." When the couple crossed Navajo land, the people called Loie "the woman who carries the cross in the desert."
When they first began the walk, they had a pickup truck, but they now have an RV which they park in various communities for the night. When the weather turned cold and rainy this week, they went back a few miles to Winona, where the Assembly of God Church took them in for several nights.
"People have really been nice to us," Steve says. "Of the six states we've traveled through, Missouri has definitely been the most friendly."
The largest town they have traveled through is Springfield, Mo, where they walked Sunshine Street. They average about 100 miles a day.
When I identified myself as a reporter from Advance, I had to mention Sikeston before he understood where I was from.
"We plan to stop in Sikeston," he told me. "I've heard there's a really good restaurant there!"
Hahaha! I do believe the Corsons are headed east to get their brains knocked out with a THROWED ROLL!!!
They update their trip about every 10 days, posting their progress on Facebook. If you would like to hear more, just ask to be Steve's facebook friend and see if he'll share their experiences with you!
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Madeline DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.