WEEK 9

CHALLENGE #9
Change the world (for a stranger): Pack a few meals for some homeless folks.
week 9 challenge
Want to support me? Follow my lead on a weekly challenge!
Try to get a little conversation going on your walk to hand them out.
I did this a few times in the Cleveland area.
Watch my shortΒ video on homelessness for some motivation.
No homeless near you that you know of?
Make food for someoneΒ in your life who you think would appreciate it.
****Post below to pledge you will attempt this challenge!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
week 9 photo 1
me, Mary, Laura

week 9 photo 2
Nick, Theresa, Zach, Todd, Bobby

week 9 photo 3
Garth

week 9 photo 4
Tina, me, and Chad

SCENERY OF THE WEEK
week 7 scenery
My last look at Lake Erie, from my camping spot in Garth’s (above) backyard!

THOUGHTS

Lot of great people since last week in Cleveland. Two separate days it even felt like I had my own agents! Todd (above) was my first. He took me to a nearby fair, got me dinner and a beer, then told me to hand him a bunch of my “change the world” cards. As I was going around, he would hand my cards to anyone I spoke with on my behalf, and of course was handing them to people I wasn’t speaking with as well. When I saw him walking over to the stage where the band was playing, I got nervous for a second, and sure enough the band introduced me and what I was doing, and they made me get up on stage to say a few words! Haha. πŸ™‚ I ended up meeting the rest of his family later that evening.

My second agents were Chad and Tina (above). They invited me onto their porch early one morning for some coffee, and told me to stop by the restaurant Tina works at when I would be passing it later, 10 miles down the road. Chad had the day off and checked up on me several times on my way there, and then when I finally got to the restaurant I got to meet a lot of other great people, eat one of the best meals I’ve had in a while, and get an interview with the local paper they called up for me!

It’s getting slightly more rural as I go now, so moments like these become especially appreciated! Oftentimes I have just granola bars, nuts, etc. to eat for meals, and no one to talk to but myself and the soybean and corn plants. πŸ™‚ But there HAVE been a lot of great memories this week. I also loved getting to spend time with the genuine Mary and Laura (above), Garth and his neighbor Kevin, and lots of other people.

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Thanks all, from Lima Ohio, see you next week!

PRESS
The Courier (Ohio) – “Walking for good”
Advertiser-Tribune (Ohio) – “Cross-country walker encourages good in us”

26 thoughts on “WEEK 9”

  1. Another great post!! Every week I look forward to reading your progress and updates!!! God bless and keep well.

  2. Just read your challenge of the week, just in time to tell you what I’ve been giving away. Picked hundreds of apples from my tree that Adam started by seed. People that are passing by are delighted to get a bag of them, just as I am happy for them to enjoy making pies. Yum!!! Stay well!!
    Love you, Grandma

  3. Hi Tom, I stopped to talked to you in the rain yesterday near Ft. Amanda as I was heading home to St. Marys. Best of luck in your travels and take care!

    1. Hey there Terry! Thanks so much for stopping, those were some long rural roads and it was nice to talk with you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Tom
    We met in the Bakery in Coldwater this morning. Hope the knee is holding out!
    Just wanted to encourage you to hang in there, and let you know I will be praying for you as you continue to travel thru our great country. God bless you!
    Sandy

    1. Thanks Sandy, was great to meet you in the darkness as we each started our days nice and early πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Must have been devine intervention that you picked my rd. (Siegrist Jutte) to walk down Tuesday morning. So glad I turned around to stop and talk with you. Wish the schedule would have worked that you could have sat down and ate with my family!

  6. Glad our paths crossed, right outside of Albany IN……I was very inspired to hear why you were “Walking America”!! Hope you are safe on your journey and will be keeping up with your blog. I have already been thinking of ways to make this world a better place just in “my little corner” of it…
    God Bless You Tom

    1. Thanks Teresa… it was GREAT to meet you and Austin, very bright, kind, fun people! Glad you picked up on my message as well. Keep in touch.

  7. I as well crossed paths with Tom outside of Albany, Indiana. everything happens for a reason….Be safe and next time you come thru you have a place to stay…keep us posted on your journey

  8. Hi Tom,
    Wow, lots of progress since you were in Buffalo on Labor Day. I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to walk so far in a month. Just dropping you a line to wish you even more good luck and great travels than you’ve had so far. …I like this week’s challenge a lot, too. Great idea.

    1. Thanks Nick and thanks again for your help going out of your way for me as you did. Keep in touch man and keep up your awesome kind and gentle style.

    1. Thanks for checking in Peggy, all is well, let me know what you think about my new post I just put up if you wish, hope all is well with you as well !!

  9. Hi Thomas!! Chad and I I have been thinking about you. Have a safe trip and keep up the good work:)

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