We started with an event at HP. It was an eye opener and beautifully organized. There was a first gathering with hundreds of attendees and moving speeches by Sean Maloney, Amy Brennen, and others.
Next we had an open outdoor forum with thousands attending and even a live band playing. Oh and some delicious tacos!
I was busy collecting signatures with good wishes on our Heart Across America banner and selling jerseys to help raise funds for the AHA and spread the stroke and heart attack prevention message.
At the event I met many friendly, big hearted, and compassionate individuals. Made my day.
The day events were followed by a dinner at the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center. We received a warm welcome and some great food. I'm amazed at what they are doing to help those who have lost the ability to speak or understand language. The message to never give up rings loudly there. Here's a painting from one of their recovering clients that I found to be beautiful.
Now I'm back at the hotel and planning tomorrow's sequence of events. It will be my first ride with Heart Across America where I'm riding solo.
I love riding alone.
But I am so used to having company and sharing these new experiences with friends and family that I feel a bit out of sorts. I also feel fragile after seeing and hearing about so many endurance athletes suffering from strokes or heart attacks. But I am going to fill my head with positive thoughts and march forward.
I modified tomorrow's route to combine the ride of two short days into one. This will give me an extra day in Silsbee to have a much needed real rest day!
All the best, Dave