30 Miles and Many New Friends

January 31st, 2012

1-31-12It is a challenge most days to ride my nearly 30 miles. Not physically, mind you, but for all of the conversations. I love all of the attention The Kindness Bicycle is receiving. People chase me down to tell me their stories or stop and talk to me during a planned break.
“I just want to thank you for doing this. My stepfather was killed in the line of duty,” she said. JR and her daughter stopped by The Kindness Bicycle after reading the signs about riding for Police and Firefighters. The families who are left to deal with losing a loved one for the rest of their lives. At the very minimum, please take the time to remember those who protect and serve, enabling us to enjoy our safety and freedoms.
I’m learning of heroes everywhere I travel. I’m also learning the interest schoolchildren have for these issues.
Andre, Kile and Jacob from a local junior high school found me while riding on their longboards to shake hands. Nick and his mother Michele stopped by for a visit to praise the work I do. Nick saw the bus previously in northern California. Thank you Nick and Michele for the inspiring words. Ryan and Cameron from a local high school called me from the phone number on The Kindness Bus. Their interest and the questions they asked of me, reassures me that the generation they represent, are going to take part in some very remarkable accomplishments.
Thank you to the Coastline Community Church for their hospitality in allowing me to rest safely.

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