Day 37


I started my day having coffee with the boys at the fire house. The topic of discussion was not my bike ride. It was of the horrified look I had in the middle of the night when I was awoken by the fire tones. At this point in my journey, I thought I had heard them all, not so in this case. The tones sound like you are being shot at by an X Wing Fighter, or other laser shooting destroyer type craft. I sat up in bed and thought, what the, holy, I’m dead, or close to it. Where am I? What is going on? Where am I? Who are these people? Then I thought, well at least I’m not on an ambulance and went back to sleep. Thanks so much for the laughs and hospitality, boys.
So, my ride started off like most. I rode awhile and stopped to eat breakfast. I headed out and turned on an audio book on the iPod. The book was “Wild at Heart.” It’s a book about living your life. Not just settling for a good job, etc. It’s about living your destiny. It’s by a Christian author who puts that spin on things. Most of the book was stuff I already knew. It was nice that the author gave permission for boys to be boys. It was not until the end of the book that my life changed. The last line reads like this:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. And go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” I was overcome by emotion as I thought, “That’s what you are doing out here, you are coming alive.” Then I looked up at the horizon as I rode. Everything was speeding by and suddenly I was a part of the landscape. I was no longer a spectator from a bike, I was part of the show. It was not one nice tree, one crop of corn, one cloud, it was all of it. Suddenly I realized, I am alive. All the life around me said, “Congratulations you are alive, now go live.” So I ride. I am alive and I extend an invitation to you, come alive.
I pulled in to eat at an outside patio by myself. A couple invited me to eat with them at their table. They were retired school teachers. We swapped stories and ate our meals. How nice to share a meal with total strangers. I’m not sure about religious matters, but I’m sure offering your meal table to a stranger is on the right track. Thank you guys.
Tonight I will be staying with the guys from Oregon, Ohio Fire Dept. Station 1.

14 thoughts on “Day 37

  1. It puts words to the feeling I have when I am approaching the summit. Thanks for the insight brother… There is still one spot open for the whitney trip.. found a couple of for sure guys I have been hiking with all year long that will go.

  2. Jason…I was getting concerned watching you on SPOT today…it was looking like you were getting near the point of going in circles. I’m one of the fortunate ones who can step into my little cave any old time and look over your shoulder (love those STREET VIEWs) and have been tempted to send you a text to turn left at the next major intersection and go north a mile. Let me know if you’d like that and I’ll do my best to play navigator for you. Ride safe and again…I’m envious of your journey.

  3. Jason, I hope all is going well! According to your GPS location where you finished today, you are right next to my Grandma’s old house. She lived in the house at the corner of Starr and Holly Dr. If I remember right her address was 405 Holly Dr. My Grandpa owned a bunch of land there and developed that area and named that street Holly Dr. I know that Oregon Fire Station 1 is at Seaman and Wynn Rd, a little NE of her old house. I have some other relatives in that area, so let me know if the folks give you any grief. I’ll make some phone calls and straighten them out! Hang in there man, you’re awesome!

    Stay Strong,
    Greg Holly

  4. Love it Jason. You make it feel good for others to live life to the fullest and to cut lose and love those adventures. Sounds like you were “one” with everything today. Awesome. I’m takin’ your invitation!

  5. Cool stuff man. I’ve read that book too but don’t remember that last line. Glad you’re having such an enlightening experience. Keep killin it brotha…

  6. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein
    It’s obvious which path you have chosen Jason.

  7. What a GREAT way to end that book! It sounds GREAT! I may have to go find it and read it for myself! Could always use a wake up call! I also LOVE that Einstein quote above, I heard that back in Junior High many moons ago and have always loved it!

    You are getting so close and you don’t even seem to be tiring out, well at least through your writing you don’t. I bet your body is exhausted. Thank you once again for your dedication and your perseverance. What a GREAT example to all!

    Keep pedaling and God speed Brother! You are always in our prayers!

  8. Jason- Another great narrative, thanks. Living life to the fullest for sure. you are truly living and experiencing a wonderful life adventure. Dining with strangers, how perfect!
    Be well, be strong. Buon viaggio!

  9. Jason, Nicole called me Sat., the day I moved while I was waiting for help. It felt so good to talk to her and feel connected and hear about the awesome people you are meeting! I love you so much honey. She made my day when she called. Love mom

  10. Wow, day 38…you are amazing!! Debbie and I have just returned from a 12 day cycling vacation in Eugene, OR, but we follow your adventure faithfully and your almost there!

  11. Jason good to see you are enjoying the trip. I would like to say I am jealous as I love to ride as you know, but I question if I have your fortitude. Those that follow Justin Bieber are “Believers”. So those that follow Jason Teter are ??? hmm

  12. Home from Alaska and catching up on your blog. Quite a time you are having.
    Kimberly got good news yesterday which I’ll share with you later. Please give me a call when you can. Take care and stay safe.

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