Day 19

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On The Road Again!

Thanks again to Highland Ranch, you are the best. We went to the local hangout with our friends Marty and Ty last night. We were introduced to Jose. After he heard about our ride he would not let us pay for a thing. Thanks for your kindness brother.

We left Highland Ranch about 6:30 am. We road approx 30 miles before we were out of the city. I breathed a huge sigh of relief as we entered the rural area. Finally it is starting to feel like a cross-country bike ride. Long, empty roads with shoulders.

Wow this is what I signed up for! This is absolutely beautiful out here. Long roads with fields as far as the eye can see. There is a beautiful calm out here. I am overwhelmed with excitement looking at the plowed fields and I’m not sure why. It could be the same as looking at a blank canvas, or a new slab of concrete. Buddhists call it emptiness. I see the possibility of creation in the blank fields. I picture people working to make them come alive. Then we came across fields of corn and sunflowers. There is so much life going on out here. The cycle of life is so alive out here and I’m a part of it. I am exhilarated by the sun, the wind, and the humidity that comes off the crops. Life attracts life and I’m attracted to this.

Ok boys, the bar has been raised. Wiggins PD escorted us into Fort Morgan where the FD escorted us to the fire house. We were told dinner was at 6pm at the fire house. We had a couple of hours to look around town. After a short look around, I went to the local restaurant and ate a hamburger patty, eggs and potatoes. Then I went the gas station for candy and water.
The reception we received at the fire house was almost overwhelming, over forty people including the local paper showed up to welcome us. It felt like the whole town was there. They cooked us some of the best burritos around. They even baked us a cake. This is that “down home” hospitality you hear about. One guy said we have jobs, we just do this, the fire service, for fun. When was the last time I did my job for fun? One of the young ladies, Alyssa, was sharing her art work with me. Keep it up, you’re gifted. The firemen here have individual numbers. This young lady created t-shirts for all the wives with their husbands’ numbers on them. She wore her dad’s number. They also shared her prom pictures with me. She and her three friends were driven to the prom in the fire truck.  How special, dad taking his daughter to her prom in a fire truck. Thank you family.
I would like to thank Rob Curtis for all his behind the scenes work. He is one of those men that keeps the fire service traditions alive, without being asked. He just does the right thing because it is the right thing. Thanks Rob.
I would also like to thank Rick Najera for his support. Thank you brother. Your kind words and support motivate me to keep pedaling.
I am glad to see Scott is back on the team.  Remember to check out the FOLLOW ME tab and go to the SPOT link. You can follow me in real time within 10 min of our location.
Thank you all for your love and support,
Jason

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8 thoughts on “Day 19

  1. Keep it up Jason! Your blogs are great and are a reminder of what the fire service is. Thank you, stay safe!

  2. Love this post! I had a great day today, very uplifting and then I get this cherry on top. Its amazing to hear about the kindness of strangers, the insights into the cycle of life, and the gluten free Hamburger patty. I am sure where you are its all beef, most places here use some sort of bread crumb filler.. (the chef in me can’t be distracted by fooooood!!!) 🙂 Thank YOU for this post man. Usually I feel the need to encourage you through what your doing, but today you encouraged me. Cheers mate.

  3. “Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.”
    Give the world the best you have anyway.

    Kent M. Keith

  4. Glad to see you guys are back on the road and not slacking off anymore?! I always appreciate your posts, Jesse. I hung out with Eric last night and he says he misses you oh so much. Be safe and tell Chris hola for me.

  5. Amazing Jason. You have been blessed to meet so many kind and helpful, supportive folks along your travels.
    Heck- I was biking today and whining to myself- then I said- wait- if Jason can go 3000 miles I can go 20!
    What do you say about giving some contact info that I can release to the OC Register reported- he wants to write a story about you bro!
    Keep on truckin!

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