Today was a wonderful day to ride a bike. It was overcast with very little wind. My main goal was to get to Illinois. When I got into Illinois I realized that there isn't much around where I was. I decided to ride on until I found a campground or a UMC. I found neither but once again, a little miracle happened. A woman and her son were selling peaches at the intersections of
IL 96 south and highway 54. Her son had a Hardin TTO t-shirt on (TTO = triple threat option) it's a football thang that I remembered from our summer camps from several years ago. She and I both know former THS football coach Ric Johns, so we had a lot to talk about. She shared with me that there was a motel down the road to the west 7 miles. When I got to the motel, I shared my story and I ended up getting a discounted room. Isn't that amazing? Thank you to the people from Mississippi Valley Lodging, I appreciate your kindness!!!!!!!!!!!! So, I am just east of Louisiana, MO.
Riding from Shelbina with a purpose, I made it to Hannibal pretty quick. While I was resting at a gas station I met two more wonderful people. Marci and Barb. They are from Durango, Colorado. Marci is a cyclist who is in the process of finishing up her dissertation. She has already rode across America and looks forward to getting back on her bike. I was able to share Caleb's and my story with them. I always feel re energized after a conversation like that. Thank you for stopping and for being willing to talk with me for a few minutes. Be careful on the way home and GET BACK ON THAT BIKE WOMAN!!!!! lol Take care.
I'm pooped. I rode over 70 miles today. I feel strong but after 60 miles, it get a little tough both mentally and physically. I'm not complaining, because to be honest, I can't believe it's almost over. Three more days and I will be home, I can't wait to sleep in my own bed. You know that feeling you get after a long day of work and you know your going home soon? Multiply that by 7 weeks and that's what I am feeling right now. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I owe that to my family, Caleb, all of you, and everyone I have met on this journey of faith and healing. Thanks everyone. But, it's not over yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!! Cya