MORATORIUM WALK, JAN 21 – 31, 2002
Dear Moratorium Walker:
Welcome to the Moratorium Walk! We hope the following information will be helpful to you in having a memorable and positive experience and, at the same time, furthering the grass roots campaign to obtain a moratorium on executions in Florida.
The Moratorium Committee (MC) asks you to travel ” as light as possible” but not to sacrifice your essential needs and ordinary comfort.
Clothing: Prepare for occasional freezing morning temperatures. So, plan to layer your clothing. A rain poncho and windbreaker jacket are high priorities along with, of course, good walking or running shoes and something comfortable for evenings. Several pair of quality cotton or wool socks to avoid blisters. Heavy boots are not necessary. A small, light backpack for water and personal items is recommended even though a support vehicle with snacks and drinks will be available along the daily route.
Personal Items: In addition to the usual travel items, remember any prescriptive medications, etc… that you might need, e.g., sunscreen, lip stick, eye drops, blister pads, etc… There will be a first aid kit in the support vehicle. A portable toilet on a trailer will be available at all walk breaks!
Sleeping: The options for sleeping will be motels (every night); floor space (for 1/21 & 1/22 nights at the Teaching Farm and as other opportunities may develop); and tenting ( 2 nights at Teaching Farm & 1/25 at Suwannee State Pk) . So, plan accordingly but a sleeping bag with floor pad might be very useful. Please no large, cumbersome tents.
ALL GEAR will be transported in a vehicle, so you need not carry it as you walk!
Food: The Walk is currently raising funds and hopes to be able to provide all meals. At the very least, a nourishing lunch will be provided each day, and breakfast and dinner will be provided when we are all staying together at a place with no nearby restaurants. There will be vegetarian as well as carnivorous food available. Any walker with a special diet or specific requirements should bring what they need to augment the food provided. Any walker who wants food other than what is provided will be responsible for paying for and acquiring that on their own. Walkers should plan to buy their own food when the group eats at a restaurant. Snacks and beverages will be provided daily by the support vehicle.
Transportation/Vehicles: A van will be available for transport of the walkers to and from the route each day. The MC discourages bringing private vehicles along each day. Vehicles can be left at the Teaching Farm and retrieved after Jan 31. For walkers who join for a few days or shorter periods, the MC will try to solve these logistical problems with the respective drivers.
Finances: There is a $10 registration fee and a $5.00 daily fee to help with the operational costs of the Walk. In addition, each walker is responsible for daily lodging and food costs as mentioned above. Thus, a 10 day walker could have $250 – $350 in total expenses. The MC does not want anyone not to walk for reasons of finances. The MC suggests that walkers try to enlist financial sponsors for their expenses. In addition to making it financially feasible for the walker, it involves additional people in the moratorium campaign and extends the impact of the Walk.
In the event that the MC receives funds over and above its operational expenses, then funds will be used to assist walkers who need financial help and , if possible, to reduce the cost of some group needs, like common meals and lodging.
Orientation: The MC would like walkers to be at the Teaching Farm in Graham, Florida no later than 10 AM on Monday, Jan. 21. for a brief orientation.
If this is not possible, then go directly to the assembly location on SR 16 as given in the Itinerary. If you wish to arrive at the Teaching Farm on Sunday, Jan 20th, please contact Amy Jo Smith at 352-332-1350 or <[email protected]>.
Directions to the Teaching Farm:
From I-75: Take Exit 76 to Gainesville. Go EAST on SR 26 (Newberry Rd/University) to SR 24 (Waldo Rd). Go LEFT on Waldo Rd. to US 301 North to the town of Waldo (watch for speed traps). Continue on US 301 N to CR 18 in Hampton (at the Gate gas station) turn LEFT. Follow CR 18 around Lake Hampton to the end — about 2 miles — to the “T”. Turn LEFT and immediately LEFT again into the Teaching Farm driveway.
From I-95: Exit at SR 100 at Flagler Beach (just past Ormand Beach exit). Go WEST/LEFT toward Bunnell and Palatka. Watch carefully in Palatka to follow SR 100 until you get through the town of Keystone Heights (about 2 hrs after exiting I-95.) When you see the small airport sign on your right, be ready to turn LEFT onto CR 18 (Edwards Grocery and Exxon on right). Follow CR 18 and cross US 301 and follow CR 18 around Lake Hampton about 2 miles to the “T” in the road. Turn left at the “T” and immediately another left into the Teaching Farm driveway.
From Jacksonville: US 301 south to CR 18 (Gate gas station) — about 7 miles south of Starke. Turn right and follow CR 18 around Lake Hampton to the end at the “T”. Turn left and immediately another left into the Teaching Farm driveway.
We hope that this information has been helpful to you. If you have additional questions, you may contact one of the MC listed below. Happy trails to us all!
Amy Jo Smith:
352-332-1350 or <[email protected]>
Martina & John X. Linnehan:
904-262-5071 or <[email protected]>
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
2603 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy
Gainesville, FL 32609