Category Archives: Across The Land

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I wanna be better than this . . . . .

I just realized I have not used Google very much to read about the opiod problem, child suicide or drive by shootings that kill school age children week in and week out, but I did an unbelievable amount about the school shootings. I want to do better than that. Why didn’t I Google about the other stuff?

kind words from my friend

I shared everything that folks did to make our awareness campaign successful, with Robert and Joanne, I shared how things seemed to fall into place. A lot of Awesome people worked hard. Noah’s March has been extremely successful, in my opinion. A lot of Awesome people worked hard there. The respect I have for the folks that did the work on our trip and the whole Noah’s March team can’t be measured.

I don’t know what else to say, but I feel so Grateful to Robert Barnes for his words. I’m posting this on my WordPress blog because I will look back on it years from now and remember, remember this family and what they have done. . . . Here is a screen shot of his post . . . . .

Once more, Thank you Robert, for your kind words.

The two little maintenance guys inside of me

The way I see this thing, what we eat and drink goes down to the maintenance crew in me somewhere. They distribute it to the places it’s supposed to go, and then they distribute a little bit more to the places that maybe look like they’re doing a lot of work. I like that metaphor. I try as hard as I can, by usage, to keep them busy. There’s a quote I like, well two really, well a bunch, but I’m going to only put two of them here.

“to keep going, Keep Going!”

“At the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’” Erma Bombeck

contrast caused by weight loss – pictures

Senior care facilities

Here are a few pictures taken at senior care facilities visited during the five years.

Route66

Route 66 has a place in my heart. It supposedly became irrelevant. Well, it’s important to me.

Bobomobile the car

The Bobomobile was donated to Across the Land by Marcia Bobo. It’s a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina.

This car took me over 25,000 miles, and she always wore her signs. The picture below was taken at the University of Colorado in Aurora.

We were a little west of Morrilton Arkansas when the engine finally gave out.

The pictures below were taken at various places, and looking at them will always bring back good memories.

Wilson the stroller

The idea came after considering a backpack, a support car or the stroller. My son named it after the volleyball in the movie Cast Away. An internet search ensued and I found one at REI, in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Wilson is a BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller

In 2013, we went 2,594 miles together. I pushed it from Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah Georgia to Kingman Arizona. We got in a car, drove to Paso Robles California, got back out, and pushed to Monterey. Wilson carried my equipment and supplies.

A lot of pictures were taken of Wilson.

After the Epic Journey across America, Wilson and I traveled, in a car, to Fort Mill South Carolina to visit the Britax plant.

We ended up logging approximately 4,500 miles as a team. I plan to keep Wilson.

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The stroller wore many hats.

  • carried equipment and supplies
  • advertising
  • safety

a paradigm shift?

I think of things now, such as my 3 year old cousin that died with polio, my 7 year old cousin that died with leukemia, my 19 year old cousin that also died with leukemia. I think of my 12 year old schoolmate that died during an asthma attack. I think of Fred, that at age 19, died in Vietnam. I think of my brother that at age 57, had a massive heart attack and didn’t make it.

I’m 67 years old now, yeah 67. I’m sad, no, not for me, sad they didn’t have longer. I can’t stay long though, you know, feeling that way.

Ah, maybe I’m finally figuring out that my life, my journey, is not about me. It’s about helping others that are less fortunate than I am, sharing what I have, but not with those who want it, but with those who need it.