Day 44

Charlie and Margaret

May 9th, 2010

They let me pitch my tent in a beautiful little pine grove on their property. We were having tea last night when I mentioned that I hadn't played a guitar since I left New York. Charlie brought over a never-been-used guitar he had sitting around, and I sung them the few songs I know, including Pancho and Lefty, which happens to be one of Charlie's favorite songs (he recorded me playing it on a little dictaphone). This morning Margaret cooked us breakfast, featuring some eggs from her very own "happy chickens" (although one of her hens has started trying to crow).


  1. Mom says:

    Thank you for your kindness to Matthew.

  2. Thomas says:

    The songwriter of Pancho and Lefty, Townes Van Zandt, was one of my favorite local performers in Houston and Austin when I was in college.
    Matt, I really envy you; these little moments are all treasures to be cherished.

  3. Emily Aronson says:

    I can’t believe i had no idea you play the guitar…

  4. Dan Carson says:

    That’s my Mom and Dad! My Mom called me this morning and told me about you staying there (don’t worry, she said you were a really nice guy :). I’m glad you got a chance to see what nice people they are too. Someone may have already commented on this earlier, but this trip reminds me of a book called “A Walk Acrosss America” which came out back in the 70s. Good luck on the rest of your journey!

  5. Jake from Birmingham, AL says:

    Okay +100 cool points for being a fan of Townes Van Zandt

  6. Clifford Carson says:

    That is my Brother and sister in law! I recently came across this blog. I have been reading it with great intrest.
    I love maps so I keyed in on the map feature really quick, and soon discovered that you walked right past My brother’s house, along a familliar country road. Imagine my suprise when I see a photo of my own brother! He is a very interesting man and I am glad that you got to meet him.

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