Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Location: - Manchester TN Miles = 36, Ave MPH = 11.4 Cum. Miles = 3432

Saturday September 6

I waited in Murfreesboro for the interviews to take place but they never did so I went over to the library to try to find maps for the next few states in order to do a little planning. I was very impressed with the center of Murfreesboro with a newer town square as a center hub.

The library is the building in the background:

Extensive use of brick gives a very warm appearance:

The importance of books:

Surprisingly this outstanding library had no maps to photocopy. Kathleen (pictured below) thought she had Georgia and South Carolina maps in her car and went to get them for me. When she came back she had this road atlas for me and told me to just ahead and rip out the sections that I needed which were Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. I suggested to her that was blasphemy especially coming from a librarian. She laughed and told me that her husband had ridden across the country in 1986 and that she understood the importance of minimizing weight.

Thank you Kathleen:

Interesting use of a tree as a post for a mailbox with beer can lodged above:

Super old cemetery - graves from early 1800's:

This is Mr. Clayton Harmon who powered me up with a tomato and a peach:

Mr Clayton's old shoes:

Road through two walls of stone. Getting back into beautiful, lush and humid) territory that I am used to:

Loved the setting and colors of this house:

Due to my late start (2:30pm) I quit with relatively few miles behind me in Manchester.

Many thanks to Jaqueline and the manager of the Ambassador Inn for putting me up for the night.

Jaqueline informed me that Manchester was home to the Bonneroo Music Festival - "the largest in the US"

Finally took Kate's advise an shaved off the beard - "Oh at least 10 years younger" :):)

Donations update:  Currently at $685

About Soldiers Best Friend ..... If you have been following along you already know that I am trying to collect donations for the charity called Soldiers Best Friend. This is a charity that provides service dogs to Vets that are suffering from PTSD. These dogs can literally be life savers for these men and women.

My blog averages approximately 175 hits per day. I think that suggests folks are interested in the trip and hopefully are being informed and entertained. I am at the half-way point of the trip at 2151 miles. I consider this my job for the summer of 2014. I am putting in the the "blood, sweat, and gears" to steal a phrase - so would you consider a donation to this very worthy cause?

I've done the math for you .... My entire trip is going to be approximately 4200 miles long. Do you think you could donate $.006 per mile (like about slightly more than 1/2 cent per mile)?? If so then that would be a $25 dollar donation to SBF. Or better yet could you afford to donate at $.012 per mile (1.2 cents per mile) then that would be about a $50 donation. And so on ....  give what you can - I know this sounds like a Nation Public Radio fund drive but come on - what a worthy cause!!

Please follow the link below to donate and include my name - just "Neil" will do or "Neal" if you like that spelling better:):)

It's time folks please.......
And finally please remember the cause -  I will go into this in more detail and perhaps some level of haranguing later on, but for now here is the link .... and an additional link for donation   SoldiersBestFriend - Donate Please :):)   Oh and I would be a lot more comfortable if you use the "honorarium" option vs the "memoriam" option - you'll understand when you click on the link:):).   

As you donate please enter my name in the "In Honor of Spot" so the folks at SBF can tally the results to encourage me and let me know WE are getting something done TOGETHER. I recognize we are really trying to honor the Vets but this is the only way SBF can tally the results of this drive (tour)

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