Day 30, April 30
I am taking a rest day today, and thought it would be nice to feature some of the people who have shown me kindness on this trip. Thanks to all of you that have made my trip very, very special! And thanks to all that I have not yet mentioned.
- Omaha NE- John Knicely from WOWT for his terrific coverage of the trip on March 25 and April 11.
- Pine, CO- Greg and Mary Ann Branch hosted us for a fun pre-trip weekend.
- Phoenix- Our son, Eric, hosted us twice on the trip.
- San Diego- Jane’s brother Bob treated us to a nice spaghetti dinner.
- Glamis CA- A woman who ran country store near the Imperial Dunes allowed me to camp at the store under the picnic awning.
- Marty and Diane Coalson- hosted Jane after she dropped me off in San Diego.
- Globe AZ RV Park- Waived the $8 camping fee (for Special Olympics).
- Superior AZ- A guy bought me a gatorade.
- Superstition Freeway (AZ)- A helpful female motorist who drove behind me for a couple of miles to protect me from the vehicles on a dangerous mountainous freeway.
- Pueblo, CO- Bike shop owner (Great Divide Ski, Bike and Hike) took the time to look and my fairing and gave me two brackets… all at no charge.
- Cassoday KS- Shari, offered me the county store shed in the back for lodging, which kept me sheltered from the overnight rain and lightning stores.
- Pittsburg KS- Bike shop allowed me to use the air pump and rag to clean my chain and gears.
- Larned KS- The Townsman Inn staffed who allowed me to use the hotel’s industrial dryer for me wet gear.
- Golden City MO- The elderly couple that bought my dinner in support of Special Olympics Nebraska!!
- Fair Grove MO- Randy and Sandy Haumann took me into their home for a much needed night and day of rest and fellowship. They also drove me across some difficult Missouri terrain.
- Cairo IL- Officer Damon Ray who pulled me over, and posted some very nice things on Facebook.
- Pembroke KY- Adam said a nice prayer over me.
- Portland TN- Pastor Bobby Sloan and the Living Waters Mission and Food Ministry allowed me to stay in the shelter for the evening.
- Sewanee TN- Woody Deutsch, owner of Woody’s Bicycles allowed me to take a shower, camp in the back yard of the store, and gave me a treasured bike store ball cap.
- Murfreesboro TN- A pastry delivery guy gave me two apple turnovers.
- Hammondville AL- Gas station attendant allowed me use the station shed to take cover from the storm and await my sag team (Jane).
- Pooler GA- Keysha and Demetrius (Motel 6) were extremely friendly and helpful as we navigated the Savannah area.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF OUR DONORS TO THE OMAHA TENNIS BUDDIES PROGRAM!!
AND… IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!
I am spending the night in Pooler GA. I am planning to complete my ride to Charleston tomorrow. Yay!