Change the world (for a stranger): Give 7 people a compliment this week!
week 7 challenge
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One thing I realize in asking so many people if I can take their pictures,Β is that there are many self-conscious people out there!Β Look around, find some things you like about people, and let them know! It may be very well-appreciated!Β For one of my compliments, I told Kiki (above) her new store was beautiful and the food delicious!

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Julie and Sharon, mother and daughter (pictured below), perform their version of “What Love,” a beautiful song that’s definitely go greater themed πŸ™‚

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Jim, with Wiggy and Tucker

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Emma and Dan

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Drew and Sylvester

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Ben, me, Sharon, Randy, Julie, Randy, Joseph, and Emma (with Jenna)

week 7 scenery
Lake Erie, from Presque Isle, Erie, PA


Have been following Lake Erie all the way from Buffalo NY down to Erie PA (just made it into my 5th state, finally!, after a very long walk through New York)! And it’s been beautiful, as you can see from the picture above, taken right before I jumped in for a swim! Also have been smelling grapes the whole way, as this is wine country and the grapes are just about ripe for picking!

I have met LOTS of amazing people this week, but my favorite memory has to be hanging out with the large, musical, 7-person family above, after they invited me to spend the night. Got to hear some of my favorites (such as John Denver) as they took requests! and also some lovely hymns, and even got to jam along as they had plenty of extra instruments!

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From Erie PA, take care and see you next week! THANKS all πŸ™‚

Dunkirk Observer (NY) – “NJ man walking across America for good faith”

22 thoughts on “WEEK 7”

  1. Thanks for the storys and pictures. It has been a spell since our brief meeting in Hiram Me. Will continue to follow you until trip is complete. John

  2. Yum, those grapes sure do look good! Glad to hear that you found a musical family to sing & strum with. They sound like a great family. I am still trying to keep up with your challenges. as I follow you on your journey. Keep it up–great job! Love, Grandma

  3. Hi Tom, I met you on old lake shore road in New York. Telling you that I saw a whole segment on you, remember? I will follow you on your journey . Was glad to get your business card. It’s so fascinating what you are doing . You are a neat guy. Keep on smiling!!! Pat

    1. Yes of course I remember that was not that long ago, you were leaving work πŸ™‚ Thanks Pat was very nice meeting you πŸ™‚

  4. Remember me? We met you in New Hampshire with my friend and colleague Maryann. I used your story in my opening staff meeting. I challenged the staff to follow your mission I keep up with your blog and continue to be inspired! Keep on walking! You cAn make a difference!

    1. Yes you ladies are awesome, will never forget that, so cool that you came back to find me with a packed lunch after we met πŸ™‚ Thanks again and for following along still, AND for helping to spread the word!! Keep in touch… talk to you soon !

  5. I still take a look from time to time at our picture on Route 29 between Schuylerville and Saratoga Springs – it makes me smile and so happy I decided to stop and chat with you for a minute.
    So glad you’re doing well and making progress on your journey.

    1. Hey Joanne! Yes I very much enjoyed that meeting as well and laughing with you πŸ™‚ Keep in touch and thanks.

  6. hey tom,nice meeting you.you stoped by our home a week ago in angola ny on the old lake shore rd.glad to hear you are keeping up your pace.will follow you.take care moe and ted

    1. Hey thanks so much for reaching out… I REALLY enjoyed meeting you and the nice long break and fruit bar πŸ™‚ Kind of wanted to hang out even longer but decided to keep trekking on. Keep in touch πŸ™‚

  7. It was neat meeting you this morning at Harvey’s farm Market in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. May God bless the rest of you journey.

    1. Hi Tom…It was so very nice to meet you,and thank you for honoring Bill and I by staying at our house,and eating the biggest breakfast bagel sandwich. t was nice to read that you stopped at Harveys Farm Market in Fairport,Ohio..I used to live there and drive school bus for that wonderful community…I will probably for sure be calling you here shortly…everything you taught me on computer has exited my brain….I hate when that happens lol be careful on your travels and have a great time…….Kim and Bill

      1. Thanks Kim and Bill. I LOVED hanging with you and getting some much-needed rest and SO MUCH delicious food that I will never forget haha πŸ™‚

        1. Hi Tom…today is October 9th it is such a beautiful day…the Lake is calm,,,and gorgeous We wish you could of stayed longer,but that was Bill and I fault we just assumed you had to be on your way… maybe if we get lucky out paths will cross again…I look at your card everyday to get any ideas about changing the world for 3 people…#1 I have been going to aquatic physical therapy so maybe someday I can walk without my cane.#2 We had our friends over for supper last nite she got a diagnosis of cancer. and # 3 I pulled over yesterday to a car full of children and there mom…they had a flat so I called her husband and I sat there and talked with her until he came,,,so thank you for making me a better person and I value your friendship,,,be safe my friend and am thinking of you always….Bill says Hi and next time you are in Geneva Ohio you are welcome ANYTIME….I will even feed you (ha ha ha ha) take care sweetness…Kim and bill hoffecker xo xo

          1. Hi Kim and Bill !! Yes I would’ve loved to hang out more, but I also preferred to keep going at a strong pace whenever I could, so wanted to keep going! But if I am anywhere in that general area anytime I will def not forget to get in touch! And same to you if you happen to ever come near NJ/NYC, where I am now. Thanks so much for taking the “change the world for 3 people” seriously, and acting on it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Talk to you soon and MUCH LOVE, Thomas

  8. Tom just met you on Detroit road in Lakewood, Ohio. (The greatest city in the country) good luck on your journey. Keep an eye out for my buddies at the Fire department. You’ll be passing them soon. I told them to look for you!

  9. Tom

    Sorry I missed you when you passed my area in northeast Ohio. Our local paper, News Herald on Sept. 17th had a great article, What a great endeavor I will try to keep up with your journey.


    1. Thanks Larry, glad you checked out the site after reading the very nice article! Keep in touch πŸ™‚

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