Sunday, June 22, 2014

Day 39, June 19th

Gave Laura to Chris. He is excited about his life with a roof over his head. 
It was raining last night and he slept on the pavement under a projection from a building with some other homeless folk. I saw Laura for the last time when I passed her at midnight on my way to the bus depot.
The journey is over. I'm going home. I didn't get to South Carolina as I'd planned. That was biting off more than I could chew. I did make it over the Rockies though, 630 miles, and I know Laura and her "Jesus Loves Us" sign affected a lot of people. They told me so. I feel sort of like a running back on a football team who was given the ball and headed for the end zone. I gave it all I had but the linebacker took me out at the 10 yard line. Maybe there will be another time. We will see. I think the linebacker's name was solitude. Meeting wonderful people and then losing them so quickly left me very much alone. I think that was what I could not overcome in the end. My achilles heel as it were. 
On a lighter note, I learned something about Colorado. There is no level spot. Every downhill is followed by an uphill which may or may not be in this galaxy. Thanks so much for traveling with me. And a special thanks to all the wonderful people that stopped and helped and called and kept me in their prayers. I wouldn't have missed meeting you for anything. You are the salt of the earth. God Bless.


  1. I'm So Proud Of You! I'm Glad You Made It As Far As You Did Without Injury. I'm Sure You're Happy To Be Home And So Are Your Wife And Children. Please Take Care And I Hope To See You Down The Road (Hopefully At The Circus). ;) You've Done An Extraordinary Thing. Time To Relax And Reflect.

  2. Well done, sir! Color me impressed!

  3. Better to shoot for the moon and land on a star, as they say. You succeeded in your mission. You just didn't know how long it was going to last. 39 days is a long time to ride a bike through the Rockies. I'm so glad you found a new homeowner for Laura. If you had ridden all the way to South Carolina, she may not have found her right destination.

  4. So glad to have met you. Conversation came so free and easy that day. I saluted you that day and I do it again today. YOU ARE the 21st century humanitarian! Hope you are home, safe and sound, and resting up. I want to hear that you found that "old horse", got a 6-shooter and became another John Wayne type cowboy. I wish you the best in all of your endeavors. May God bless you, your family and your undertakings. Your friend, Joe in Greeley, CO

  5. Thank you so much for sharing inspirational

  6. Dave! I've been thinking of you. Glad to see you made it home safe. What a grand adventure, I'm happy for you. Got to love adventure and the personal/life lessons it brings. Very inspirational, Love from "the gateway to the Rockies" - Woodland, UT just before the Provo river. Cody.

  7. Hey Mr. Cannonball, I am the "nice lady" you met in Dinosaur. I am so happy to hear that you are home and Chris has a home. You are an inspiration to those who strive to follow Christ's teaching. Bless you.

  8. What an adventure! How are things? I just read your blog and recognized your voice there. It's like I was reading the words but I could hear you talking in my head at the same time.
    I'm glad you're writing and getting it published. I remember the stories you used to tell me. What adventures are you planning now? ...or are your next adventures on paper?
    Nancy and I have gone our separate ways, and I'm back working for my brother doing landscaping. Hard work but it keeps me in shape.
    I think of you often and wonder how you are. You always were an inspiration to the people around you.
    Love Rob