As I continue on my journey, with each mile and each new person I meet along the way my spirit is being continually rejuvenated! The people have been incredible! A few examples from just the last day! Yesterday, I met another cyclist (Sam) and we were preparing to camp in the local park. A deputy pulled up and wanted to see how we were doing and told us that he would be sure that the restrooms at the adjacent pool would be unlocked for us to use. The skies were darkening and there had been several weather warnings over the past few days. The deputy told us that he would monitor the situation and would contact us if the situation warranted us seeking more secure shelter. The storm never materialized but the support from the deputy was so awesome!
And then this morning...
I got up before Sam did, headed to the only place in town to get some breakfast. A while after I got there a couple and their grandson came in and sat down. After finishing my meal I went to the counter to pay my bill. The couple and the young boy were at a table and the boy was playing with his silverware what looked like trying to build something. The woman looked up at me said "he has non-stop energy". I looked at the boy and told him "I'm riding my bicycle across the country and could sure use some of your energy, suppose you can give me some?" He put his hand up and separated his thumb and index finger about a half inch. I replied "that's it? I have a long way to go I could sure use more". Then the blond hair, blue eyed boy with a smile from ear to ear opened his arms as wide as he possibly could and said "I'll give you this much". We did a fist bump, I told him thank you while his grandparents smiled and wished me well on my ride.
But wait...there's more!
I started my ride and about 15 miles in I pulled off the roadway to take break and a gentleman driving a large farming truck stopped on the other side of the road exited his truck, crossed the roadway and came up to me. He said, "I want to be sure you have water and I have plenty so please take this". He then handed me an ice cold bottle of water! I told him thank you, shook his hand and waved to him as he drove off.
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be experiencing America at it's finest :)
Cumulative Miles - 1,788.8