Posted by: Huw Thomas | December 1, 2010

Meetings & greetings

Often on this trip it’s just the two of us, the tandem, the open road… oh, and the wind, the trucks whistling by, the ‘fragrant’ smell of dead… (actually sometimes it’s hard to tell what kind of creature it was).

But recently we’ve had a couple of interesting encounters on the road. Leaving Dallas, we rode a few miles with Jack Morris who first walked from Jacksonville, Florida, to Seattle to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital – and then decided to cycle back! A couple of days later, we passed Jeff Rudisill who – retired and in his late 60s – is walking across the USA from California to North Carolina because it’s something he’s always wanted to do.

Meeting fellow travellers is always interesting and it’s reassuring to know there are other people undertaking great journeys for a cause they believe in – or just because the challenge is there.

Then, just as we were leaving Louisiana we were delighted to get a call from Don and Debby Welker. We’d stayed in their beautiful Kuhns Bros log home in Angel Fire, New Mexico, over a month earlier. They were driving back from visiting family in Florida and by lucky coincidence our paths crossed in time for lunch!

Now, after a few long days across Louisiana and Mississippi, we’re having a rest day in Hattiesburg. So far, we’ve given a couple of talks this week – to the Hattiesburg Sunrise Rotary Club this morning and to a class of fifth graders at Lipsey Junior High in Brookhaven on Monday morning. The school talk was perfect timing as the class we met had just finished studying natural disasters!

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