Iowa Bound

Wednesday Evening, Sept. 29
I had planned to stay in Crete tomorrow and talk to the middle school history classes but they were not interested in a presentation - therefore I am leaving in the morning.
The good news is that I figure I can be in Iowa in three days and with it will come a feeling of renewal. Nebraska is a wide state and though I have been walking at a pretty good clip it is not a state that is quickly traversed. It will be good to finally have it in my rear-view mirrors (I really do have mirrors).
I just ate great Chinese dinner at a restaurant across the street. Although I have been trying to eat healthily on this journey it hasn't been possible - mostly the issue has been simply trying to eat! At the moment it seems as if I can feel the vegetable nutrients coursing through my system and serves as a reminder of what I've been missing. I have a friend in Ohio that has promised me some home cooked meals and I'm going to take him up on it when I get there.
I would also add that I'm starting my third pair of shoes tomorrow. To be polite to the motel staff, I took the old ones pictured above and tossed them into the dumpster. You can guess why.
Thanks to my wife for sending them.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Raymond,
    I talked to one of our history teachers today and told Her about the response you have been getting from school on your journey. when i read that it did sadden me and I hated for you to have to go through that.

    I will tell you that once you get to Ohio you have a school that is interested in having you visit and talk to classes. and that school is Fort Frye Local. If you are at Donna and Larry's I will come and get you.

    I don't know the basis for people's decision to decline your offer. I do know that there are many people who are interested. so keep walking and get to Ohio.

    Love you,
    Beth

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  2. Hope your new shoes see you through miles and miles of safe and interesting travels

    I hope you do get to visit some schools...it is sad that those in the decision making process don't see the value of your expertise.

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  3. Ray,

    I am fairly persuasive person and if you will provide me your route, what cities you will be in when I would be happy to call schools and arrange for you to speak to the students. I can just see you speaking at a middle school assembly about the Bill of Rights in your time period appropriate attire. I really think I could do this and you would get some success. I would also like to help you with internet press releases for each city you are coming to. I would do this because I believe in your cause. I am so inspired by what you are doing that I would love to help. I hope you will let me. Please email me back and I will send you my phone number. I think we just need to create a bit more publicity, create a face book page and a kit of how teachers can tie your message into their teaching plan. Good luck and I hope to hear from you.

    Paul Cook
    Pcook000@gmail.com

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