I am absolutely over whelmed by all the text messages, phone calls, facebook messages, etc that I have received from my friends and people supporting Needle2square. I am beyond grateful! Last night it really hit me that I'm walking across America with a goat. I actually got scared... couldn't sleep... mixed feelings of stress and excitement... but now that I'm on the road I am soooo jazzed about it! At 8:30 this morning I touched the Space Needle and started my walk.
The response on the streets has been crazy. People stopping asking questions, city buses full of passengers pulling over wanting to know what I'm doing. I've been handed money, coffee, food, gotten offers of places to stay across the U.S. all in the first hour. I met a unique man along the walk who gave me a birthday candle and told me to make a wish. He also told me to remember that time travel is real and that I really haven't left yet. I actually have a video of the entire thing and will post it soon. I've learned you meet a lot of interesting individuals on the streets.
I am currently at Starbucks in south Seattle 4.4 miles from where I started. Which puts me at about 1 mile per hour. That's a disappointing pace however I've been sharing all morning with people about Uzima and Needle2Square, which is the whole point of why I'm doing this in the first place. Looking at it like that, its been a very successful start!
In my previous post, I said I would share about why I chose to leave May 2nd. Exactly 20 years to the day, my father passed away of cancer. I was 12 at the time. Leaving May 2nd is my way of including him on this journey. Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy and even years later it still effects me heavily. With that said, I get to spend a lot of time thinking about him as I walk today.