Random thoughts

Running down the road today I see her sitting up on the steps of her small house, off the road at the top of a long yard. I stop to chat. Her name is Liz and she is in her late 70s. She had been calling her friend who was on the computer tracking me to see where I was on ID200. Her cat is adopted, a stray who wandered in and never left. Petite with white hair she tells me of her husband who served in the Navy. Life is simple here for her.

 It is that way in Northern Idaho. They are hardy people up here.  Strong in their convictions and beliefs and good to the core. They work hard to make a living in this wild northwest. Nothing comes easy to most folks I have met. I see it as I continue down the road. Needs are simple and wants are few. Just these lush forests and mountains and fresh lake air that fills you with life.  Random trucks honk and some pull over and drivers give their thanks. In Clark Fork outside a bar I see people waiting and they shake my hand. The connections grow through each contact and I am thankful for that. Miles flow as sure as the river does but as it goes west I go east…..


  1. Charles Hamerle

    Another thank you from us out on the West coast. We look forward to your entries and pray for your safety and success.

  2. Cindy

    I am so proud to say that I am from North Idaho and I appreciate your comments. I have been following your steps and flags via the blog. I have many wishes and hopes for you but I will only mention two: may the wind be always at your back and a peaceful step in front of you. May God bless you and keep you on your journey……………………….You are one of the “few, the proud, the true American heroes of our great country”

  3. Mike in Bellevue

    Mike…God’s speed to you. I admire your tenacity. Can’t wait to meet you and shake your hand when you come through Nebraska. Stay safe.

  4. Paul Schmidt

    Mike: Very cool reading of your experiences. You just keep on drinking in the country and thank you for letting us live through your miles. Sorry I missed your trip start- everyday life just gets in the way. I’ll put the word out here in the Quad Cities that you are coming. Not sure of your plans in our neck of the woods- please let me know if the Cornbelt Running Club running community here can assist you in any way.

  5. Ellie

    Okay, I will admit it. I am 62 years old and I am a groupie. Mike was in his home town of Hope this past week. I happen to be taking my walk and who should stop to say hello BUT Mike and Peggy. I immediately screamed and got tears in my eyes to see Mike, up close. I think the last time I screamed and got tears in my eyes was watching the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show….mmm Mike is my hero, he is our hope for a better tomorrow.


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