Friday, September 5, 2014

Location: - Van Buren MO Miles = 104, Ave MPH = 11.4 Cum. Miles = 3042

Monday September 1

Quote of the Day: "Rain when unaccompanied by hail is merely coolant for the pedaling machine".

In 6 weeks of riding, today was the first day that I had to start out in rain. Actually other than getting caught 3 different times by thunderstorms in Montana and Wyoming (which were accompanied by hail BTW) this is the first real rain I have encountered. I consider that good luck. It rained for 4 hours today and then cleared.

Coke machines everywhere:

Got distracted and didn't catch the photo for my 3000 mile in time:

I wasn't too pleased with my choices for hotels in Winona MO so I pressed on to Van Buren. When I got there I couldn't find any thing open. The sheriffs department helped me find Big Springs Motel and Steve the owner set me up with a room for free with the help of this gentleman and his wife (thought I copied their names into my phone). They also made a nice donation as well. Thank you very much for all of your help:

I was shown a room off of the restaurant that is set up to display the uniforms of the locals who have served:

Donations update:  Currently at $660

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 (

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