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Confluence, PA

September 25, 2009

I'll never forget Confluence, PA.

First off, it's a beautiful little town tucked in the valley right along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. Some of these small towns look like they are straight from a movie set where it seems everything is perfect. It's hard not to feel great when you find a rest spot in one of them.

Except Confluence, PA had a small quirk. Everything wasn't quite so perfect.

They had no cell coverage at all.

Pittsburgh...and the G-20


September 24, 2009...

The city of Pittsburgh seemed as if it was in lockdown. Law enforcement and military vehicles were everywhere. Honestly, it seemed hard to believe I was even in the United States anymore.

Three states...one day


September 20, 2009...

Ohio to West Virginia to Pennsylvania.

All in one day. It helped that my pedaling jaunt through West Virginia was only about 15 miles. But still, it sounds good.

Eli...and Wheeling


September 19, 2009...

Today, I had two memorable experiences.

First, I bought a blackberry pie from Eli Hersenberger. He was selling homemade baskets and baked goods next to a gas station near Old Washington, Ohio. Eli was 61...had 19 kids...and 72 grandkids. 

A bicycle oddity


September 18, 2009...

I was pedaling into Cambridge, Ohio. And it happened.

Inside my bike shorts, I felt a bee-type sting. In fact, I felt a couple of them.

A day of character(s)


September 17, 2009...

Today was a day of character.

And characters.

Columbus, Ohio


September 16, 2009...

Today was a pretty special day.

A matter of perspective


September 14, 2009...

My website crashed in the morning. We left a small ice chest at the hotel and it was not turned in. I was chased down a country road by a big white dog named "Vodka." My potential interview fell through in Marion.

Thank you, Donald...

September 11, 2009...

Second chances.

New lives.

7 1/2 years ago, Donald Thornton's wife of over 30 years died. His daughter convinced him he needed to get out of the house and get involved.

He took her advice.

Today, he is considered one of those super volunteers who is making a dramatic difference in the lives of others in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

It was when he took his eyes off himself that he was given a second chance to live by serving.

You'll be happy you did...

September 10, 2009...

I've got tired legs.

But I keep going.

I rest for awhiile...but never for too long as to jeopardize my own willingness or desire.

When you are tired...physically, mentally, or emotionally...just do it.

Just take the step. Get on the bike with tired legs. Get out the door even when unwillingness grows in your thoughts.

Tomorrow, you'll be happy you did.

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