Economy, IN. Mother Nature wasn't too pleasant on this MLK+Inauguration Day, snowstorm with 20-30 mph winds -- luckily I came ready to battle!
Columbus, OH. Leaving from Powell to Columbus I took the bike path down the Olentangy River. It was a nice, warm, sunny day and in this large beautiful park area I encountered a lot of runners & cyclists along the way including:
Ashley - Beautiful runner that gave me directions, walked, and talked with me some of the way. She is a "new" runner, loves it, and revealed she originally forced herself into running much like I did.
John - Cyclist who assisted me along the way, we spoke about my journey, and before leaving he gave a small donation.
Craig - As I exited the bike path to navigate to the main street heading south (to reach my destination in German Village faster) a small dog approached me barking. This is such a frequent occurrence that does not bother me. I met the dog's owner, Craig, who was taking down Christmas lights. We spoke some about what I was doing and he took a picture with me before I parted.
Grove City, OH. Thanks to The Smiths & company (Jerry, Connie, Shannon, Jason, Daniel, Jolien, Madie, Diana, Isabella, Jodie... whew almost finished Darby, Winnie, & Chloe) for inviting me into your home!
I appreciated the cup of coffee, all the questions, showing me your chickens, and more importantly getting to know you guys -- I really enjoyed it. You have a wonderful family, take care, and I hope you enjoy your upcoming camping trip!
P.S. Thanks Madie for the beautiful picture, I'll keep it in my pocket next to my lucky stone!
Richmond, IN. Resting my feet for the day and will hop on the American Discivery Trail tomorrow morning. I could tell they get a lot of hikers because of all the honks of support I've been receiving and they probably don't see too many crazy Winter hikers.
Columbus, OH. Loading up on snacks is an important part of my trip. I try to keep it healthy but the cheapest calories (which I need a lot of) at the time of sale are usually not so great. Upon walking into a service station to reload on "fuel" while exiting Columbus I met Mike.
Mike was a cool guy that shared with me his aspirations to travel more than he has. We both spoke about having the chance to go off to college on paid scholarships and it just not working out for one reason or another.
Inspired by the story of my journey Mike has made a decesion to hopefully follow his passion. I left him my contact and will try to stay in touch with him. A couple days later after meeting he sent me the following email:
This is Mike from the gas station this morning, I just wanted to tell you that I am truly inspired by what you are doing. I know you get that a lot but i feel as though you really awoken something inside me.
Almost as if fate had put us on a path to meet. I wasn't supposed to work that shift this morning I was covering for a coworker and almost like the fog that lifted this morning that is what your purpose was for me. To lift the fog from my life and see what it is that i want to do. I'm rounding up some money and I'm going to make a donation to your cause to help out.
Like i said man you've really stirred something in me and i feel fate intended it to be that way. Well i want to say good luck and i would love to stay in touch with you during your trip and after. Good Luck.
Your new friend,
Englewood, OH. Yesterday I reached 10% of my goal and I very happy. Thanks to those who donated and if you haven't please click on the "DONATE!" link above and make a contribution of whatever you can give and if you can be generous please do.
100% of the money raised goes to the American Diabetes Association in their efforts against diabetes a debilitating disease that is becoming growing problem in the US -- so please give!
Friday, November 28, 2012
Runner, Writer, Thinker, & Positive Energy.