On a 50cc Mission From God

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment

My new friend Julia that I met at the Horry County Candle Light Vigil is a great photographer. We met yesterday and she took a bunch of great pictures of me and my bike.

The first pic was inspired by the Blues Brothers movie back in the late 70’s / early 80’s. In the film, Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God to save an orphanage. It is an epic comedy…if you haven’t seen it rent it..you won’t be sorry. Some of the best car chase / car crash scenes I have ever seen. I was in Myrtle Beach and saw a statue of them. A month or so prior, a biker jokingly referred to me as “a nut on a 50cc mission from God”. So in a light hearted way, I am posting the following for your enjoyment.

An awesome pic of the back of my shirt:

I am going to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe as part of my journey. I found a beautiful statue of Our Lady at a local church…so Julia and I went there and she took this picture. I think this is my favorite pic out of all the ones she took.

Tom looking incredibly cool sitting in traffic…lol.

There’s more pics of our day together…as soon as Julia is able to get them to me I will post them.

Here is one pic of Julia that I took with my camera. I love this picture. We were on the beach writing some child sexual abuse statistics on poster board and photographing each other holding the statistic signs. She was kneeling in the sand writing out a statistic when I snapped this pic. I think it perfectly captures her tenacity and strength. I will say it again Julia – you inspire me! You’ve dealt with this in such a positive and constructive way…you are an absolute inspiration!

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Better food than Vienna Sausages?

April 26, 2012 1 comment

More camp cuisine…lol.

Penne pasta…edible but far from delicious

I actually don’t remember what this was…let’s call it “tan muck” …I could not eat it. I think it was canned meat with some stuffing mixed in…

I have to learn how to cook or I am going to starve…lol. Maybe a nice person from Starbucks corporate is reading this and will give me a Starbucks card so I can just walk in and buy “real” food…lol. Someone please help…I think I’ve lost about 10 pounds already…lol…

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Vienna Sausages Part II

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

OK, so I have about 3 cans of Vienna sausages left. I can’t eat them straight out of the can. They’re awful. So I tried to disguise the taste by making “beans and weenies”. See YouTube video below:

I was able to choke down most of the pot

I started thinking “So what are Vienna sausages actually made of”? I began reading the back of the can.
This was the funny part…the can says “Vienna Sausages are BURSTING with flavor”…WOO HOO HOO…that is hilarious…yes, they are bursting with flavor…but not necessarily a flavor you can stomach.

I read the ingredients and the first ingredient was “mechanically separated chicken”. What? What is mechanically separated chicken? This definition is NOT for the faint of heart:

Mechanically separated meat (MSM), mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat (MRM), mechanically deboned meat (MDM), or pink slime when made from beef, and white slime when made from chicken is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing beef, pork, turkey or chicken under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue. For the production of chicken and turkey MSM, most of the time, breast carcasses are used as they still contain parts of breast meat.

One of my buddies on totalruckus.com described the taste as “metallic bland gritty bologne tube nastiness”.
I could not have said it better myself…lol.

And just in case you missed “Vienna Sausages Part I”:

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More Starbucks Love!

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday I met Braie at Starbucks.

She approached me and asked if she could take a picture of the back of my shirt.

We started talking and she told me that she was sexually assaulted. She now participates in a controversially named movement called “Slut Walk”. As Defined by Wikipedia:

The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011 in Toronto Ontario Canada, and became a movement of rallies across the world. Participants protest against excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance. The rallies began when Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto police officer, suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.” The protest takes the form of a march, mainly by young women, where some dress provocatively, like sluts.

What a strong young woman. Braie, you inspire me!

THEN, about an hour later, a woman named “Mary” approached me and said “You’re doing a good thing”. She asked for my website address then sat down with her coffee and her laptop. About a half hour later, I checked my email and Mary made a donation to my journey via PayPal.

I have met the most AWESOME people in Starbucks!! I think great coffee = happy people! lol.

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This is why I am riding 10,000 miles

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I just received an email from a “victim” of child sexual abuse. Because of my ride, he has made the decision to become a “survivor”. This person just made my ENTIRE journey worth it. This is exactly why I am riding 10,000 miles. I helped someone in the same kind of darkness and pain that I was in realize that there’s a better life out there…if you can find the courage to fight for it.

An excerpt from that email (used with permission):

“I have an appointment monday to meet with a counselor it is time I’ve truly dealt with this! I’ve always felt I’m okay and doing well but your story, courage has allowed me to realize this event has affected me and has for my entire life. Time to confront and work it properly….. Time to take me back!!!”

Go brother. Take your life back.


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Starbucks Prayers

April 23, 2012 4 comments

Sitting here in a Myrtle Beach Starbucks (Fresh Brewed is closed on Sunday’s) working on a bunch of stuff for the journey…more posts throughout the day!

So I am in Starbucks working on my laptop and some of the customers start asking me questions about my journey. I start talking to everyone and half the coffee shop starts listening. When I am done, a man asks if he can say a prayer for me. I said “Sure”. Then another customer came over and joined in…and another and another and another. They all joined hands. I had five people in a Starbucks saying a prayer for me out loud in the restaurant…total strangers came together and said a prayer for my safety and purpose of mission. Afterwards they gave me a donation…$40 in all. I got a picture with them…it’s a bit blurry but I still would like to share it.
Absolutely amazing. People ARE good. I am experiencing it every minute of everyday throughout this journey.

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Squirrelly Breakfast

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

April 22, 2012 UPDATE:Every morning when I wake up, I have 4 squirrels running around my tent. So I bought some peanuts and we all have breakfast together. The one is really bold and will come within inches of me and eat his peanuts.
I unstrapped the lid to the trailer and did not notice that the strap was hanging loose near the wheel. I was driving around the campground and suddenly the trailer wheel locked tight and started to skid. I was able to stop the bike without dumping it. The strap was wrapped around the wheel and tire so tightly that it was distorting the tire! I could not get it loose so I had to cut the strap and unwind it from the wheel. If I had been out on the highway…it might have been a different ending.

My Rainy Day Video:


I was at Fresh Brewed Coffee House again last night blogging. I love this place!


BTW – not trying to create award winning documentaries with my videos…many of them are just brief comments or momentary video blurbs to allow you to be a little more immersed in the journey¬†:D

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