Posted by mom (126.96.36.199) on January 06, 2005 at 19:19:22:
Well buddy, looks like you will be seeing the other side of the country pretty soon. As the days have gone by, we have tried to feel the journey along with you through your words and photos. You have given us an incredible amount to absorb. Those of us who bend down and put our shoes on, tie them, and head out the door to run our mile(s), can just a wee bit understand the thrill of the adventure. Putting each foot down to the pavement, one after the other, continuing on until we have reached our goal for that moment. You have really inspired some to start and so many others to dig deep down to continue and become better. Those who appreciate the beauty of our country have seen it through your eyes and can now appreciate it so much more, some who may not have the opportunity to see what you have. What a journey you have taken us all on. From the beginning when your idea was born and the planning began, there was excitement in the air. Many feared for your ability to continue, without a doubt you now have impressed people across this nation. How about that. There are dozens of people who know about you and your accomplishment who you haven't even met or heard from. When you are running these last few (Hundred) miles and the wind is blowing, think of it as people clapping for you and how very proud we are of what you have been able to do. I am looking forward to finally seeing you and giving you a hug (or two). This is going to be one of the greatest gifts a mom could have. Love you xoxo mom. Wish the whole family could be there too. !!!