<------- Looking at this picture, I would NEVER EVER believe that would be me talking to a group of high school kids and not falling over in a asthma/panic attack. Before this journey began, I had a pretty difficult time talking in front of crowds. A few years ago it would have been impossible. Hell, just 2 years ago I tried talking to the Arizona Aflac group about my Walk and failed miserably. I even nearly passed out during jury duty once when I was 19, and I wasn't even talking, I just noticed all the people in the room and thought I was going to die, literally. But now, here I am, talking to school kids, and RV groups, and newspapers, and TV crews......... Amazing what you can accomplish when you really want to. Forget the Walk!!! Walking is the easy part! Talking to big groups????!!!!! That is terrifying!!!!! But I'm getting there.
Anyway! I started off my day talking with school kids, and walking a nice, easy 15 miles. I will be happy to get off this highway though. It has zero shoulder, so I have to walk on the road, and people can be so stupid about trying to get around me. JUST DRIVE! DON'T STOP, OR SLOW TO A CRAWL, JUST DRIVE.
The weather couldn't have been more perfect, and I had a really nice Police officer stop and tell me lunch was on him from the Bar/grill down the road! Thank you!!!!!!!! I had chicken and potato salad and talked to a wonderful Vietnam Vet named Bob Truman. Great man, he was pretty impressed with my cart. I wish him well. It's funny those little, tiny connects you have with people. He would be one of them, just someone you'll never forget. Like Earl Kay back in Montana, who let me walk through his property and I got THE most amazing, awe inspiring view of a river, the Rockies, and Bald Eagles. He also gave me a hard boiled egg, and homemade elk sausage, because "Mother never let a stranger leave the house without food in their belly." Hm. Thanks Earl, where ever you are, I know you won't read this (he doesn't know where the ON button is on a computer), but it's people like you and Bob (I'm sure he doesn't either), who make this journey so interesting.
I was also stopped by a woman from the Fairmont newspaper, and did a little interview. Nadia came and picked me pick to take me back her house, where I met her husband and son and daughter. We went down to the local grocery store, and I met the owner, who was kind enough to give me a gift card for food and donation! Thank you!!!!
The rest of the evening was spent in the front of the TV getting caught up on some shows I haven't seen in forever, and relaxing.