Edwards, Colorado. Out of a Pontiac Firebird stepped a tall young gentleman by the name of William. We talked for a bit about my walk and he made a great donation. After a school bus full of kids pulled up and a short shirtless fat man jogged by I knew it was time to thank William and keep trucking.
Later on that day several miles down the road, William caught up to me and we got a bite to eat. We spoke about a wide array of different topics including our personal lives, where we grew up, current aspirations, hobbies, the importance of traveling, and females.
It was definitely a pleasure meeting and conversing with a young gentleman with such class, holding a clean slate in an world of endless opportunity. I wish William all of the best!
ASIDE: Also big thanks to Corrie (stay awesome), Jesse, the woman that provided me the sandwich & goldfish crackers while I was walking in the rain, and the guys that truck that donated.
Lakewood, Colorado. On the day I left Denver I spotted this awesome statue which was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives for this great country.
State College, PA. My good friend Emily Carlson wrote this ballad inspired by my journey. Thank you Emily for composing such as lovely song, I love it! Check out the rest of Emily's tracks HERE.
Denver, Colorado. Thank to Frank Donofrio for finding this! This is an interview I did the day I left Denver's city limits and up into the Rockies.
PLEASE NOTE: I will be posting more as soon as I get to Grand Junction, Colorado in a couple of days, connectivity has been spotty within the last week.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Thanks to Frank for taking these great photos, it was really a pleasure talking to you!
NOTE: All photos taken on first day in Denver except newspaper photo.
Denver, Colorado. The two-day trek from Wiggins to Denver was very difficult, however I had to be there on time to meet several people. Shout out to Roman!
Above: Myself and MW De Los Reyes
The trek there was very cold, snowy, and windy. Having slept under a bridge that night with noisy birds and farm dogs making noise outside my tent around civil sunrise. I was highly motivated to get somewhere halfway warm.
For most of that walk I saw nothing but a couple of cars, no people, just snow everywhere -- this is how I envision Siberia.
Once I entered downtown Denver I was pleasantly welcomed in the falling snow by Colorado's Prince Hall Grand Master (MW De Los Reyes), Grand officers, Prince Hall brothers, Delta sisters, Fox 31, and Denver Weekly News.
After meeting and greeting we all had dinner at Rocky Mountain Lodge #1. After a great welcome after a long walk it was nice to have a great meal! Later on Brother Sandy drove me to The Double Tree hotel where I had two nights comped along with hot breakfast. Let's say I slept extremely well that night.
Hanging out with Sister Peggy & Jill, who were fantastic, I toured several places around town including the African American Research Library, tons of other historic Denver sites, and to city hall to meet the mayor. A tremendous help to me also in Denver was Brother Dwayne and his wife Michelle. He assisted me in getting a haircut, sending off donations, getting gear at REI, checking my health the 9 Health Fair, etc.
Left: Sister Michele Wortham Wright, Me and Sister Peggy Wortham the Deltas who came out to welcome me to Denver.
As far as food and entertainment, Denver had a plethora of places to choose from and explore. I dined at such places such as The Berkshire, Bar Louie, and Welton Street Cafe. Visited a couple bars and even the movies to see Iron Man 3 (which was a little disappointing). Shout out to Michelle!
Thanks to WM Alex Burse for the tons of beef jerky and also for the Mayweather fight invitation at one of the brother's homes. I enjoyed the comradary, the fight was good, and the food was fanominal!
After experiencing bits and pieces of Cinco De Mayo and several mini tours of The Mile High I realized how diverse Denver was, which I honestly didn't expect.
Left: Phil Buckland, (The County Commissioner), myself, and another gentleman.
My hotel stay was very relaxing and felt like home. After staying a total of 5-days it was time to hit the mountain. Brother Dwayne, who was a tremendous help sent me off from my final point of stopping. I thanked him for all he and his wife Michelle had done, said good-bye.
By my luck I was fortunate enough to do one last news interview with Jon Bowman of Fox 31 before hitting the city limits and slowly hiking up into The Rockies.
Left: My first haircut since Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks to Brother Tony for the cut & Brother Dwayne for making it possible.
Left: Group picture before the celebratory dinner taken by The Denver Weekly News.
High Up, Colorado. Here's a simple chart on what I have replaced the most so far on this journey either through losing, damage, or just needing an upgrade. .
Empire, CO. [Elevation 8615 ft, population 355] After taking a day off yesterday to hike Mt. Douglas with my host Matthew (which I will post about soon) I will be doing a 30-miler today from Empire to Keystone.
I've noticed the lack of oxygen and dryness of the air while crossing the Rockies, however I am doing okay dealing with it while enjoying the scenic view.
Friday, November 28, 2012
Runner, Writer, Thinker, & Positive Energy.