Days 115 &116: More Awesomeness
It was very cold and I decided to sleep in late. About 8 o'clock in the morning I headed out towards Vega Texas. The trip was wonderful, not much happened, other than meeting some wonderful people along the way. As I was walking, a man pulled up next to me and asked me if I wanted a cheeseburger, and I said sure. I was expecting a little McDonald's type cheeseburger, but what he handed me was a Styrofoam to-go container, that contained a big juicy cheeseburger along with the best darn French fries that I have ever tasted. I nibbled on some french fries as I walked along, until I came to a place where there was a traffic triangle on the side of the road. I decided to sit there and have my lunch, I was too full by that time to eat the cheeseburger, so I just had more french fries and drank a Sprite that I had in my buggy. After eating that heavy food, I didn't feel like walking, so I took a little nap. About 45 minutes later I woke up and as I was getting ready to move on, two pickups pulled over and a guy yelled, "Hey buddy, are you okay." I said yes, I was fine thank you very much. He asked me if I needed some money, I said sure. The guys in the pickup handed me some cash, wished me a safe journey, and left. As I started walking, my friend Noor called from Houston. We talked as I walked. He was calling to check on my whereabouts and to make sure I was okay. He does that periodically. That's what friends do. Once I got to Vega, I went over to Subway, and I sat down to work on the GoFundMe fundraiser, that I had decided to do once I get to Adrian, to help Byron Taylor's childhood neighborhood and the Eastridge Mission Center. Most of my time was spent on that, and I didn't get an opportunity to do a recap. I ended up at the city park to spend the night. I was awakened by someone talking to me and my first thought was, it's the law. But it was some stranger wanting to know what time the restrooms open up, because he had to use number 2. I told him I did not know and he left to look for the convenience store that I told him was a few blocks away. I found this experience very encouraging, because, while most people would be scared by it, to me it was a validation that I am protected and God has everything under control. As I was getting ready to pack up my sleeping bag and my cart, I received a call from Captain Awesome. We had talked yesterday, and I had expressed concern about the new shoes that I had bought that felt a little too tight and I was feeling a pinch in my toe, and I had asked him if Academy would exchange it, and he said he didn't think so. But he talked them into exchanging it, and picked up a half size larger shoes and he was on his way to Vega Texas to deliver it. I met with Byron aka Capt Awesome, and shared the fundraiser copy that I had written to make sure that we were on the same page. After he left, I went over to Subway to have breakfast, and I tried to use the gift card that somebody had given me a couple of days earlier at another Subway. It turned out the card had no money on it, and the manager decided to not charge me, given the circumstances that I was walking to LA and somebody gave me a zero dollar gift card. I thought that was awfully nice of him. Earlier when I woke up this morning and as I was walking from city park to meet up with Byron, I noticed that one of the tires had gone flat. I tried to fix that tire while I was at Subway, and it turned out that there were no holes and despite the fact that I had aired it up a couple of times before and it had gone flat, this time it has stayed full and it has stayed that way all the way to Adrian Texas. Adrian Texas is the Midway Point of Route 66. Most of the gift shops and restaurants are closed for the season. What a shame. My map told me that there is free camping available at the city park just a little bit off though Route 66. So that is where I plan on spending the night. I am currently at the Adrian Middle School, where there is a basketball game going on, and I am getting my phone and the power bank charged. I plan on walking up to Texas/ New Mexico Stateline. Which is about 22 miles, we'll see how that goes.