July 6 - Grand Island
To be honest most of today was pretty awful. The day started with a 5:30 wake up, and things just were not going my way. I am starting to catch a cold, so I was just not feeling top notch.
The crew got our of lodging on time to set up our crew stops, but lighting started to strike, so we had to hold the cyclists until 30 minutes after it ended. That was over an hour and a half after our original start time. Our early wake up was in vain, and people were in bad moods.
Since we got such a late start we ended up having to rack the entire team to prepare for our police escort arrival in Grand Island.
Since Santiago who normally is the lead van for arrival was doing a ride along today I had the task of leading the double pace line to the arrival destination. The problem was that I didn't know until minutes beforehand that I would be doing that. I had no idea where we were going, but I thought I would be fine because of the police escort. Unfortunately the police were busy marking traffic. Long story short I upset the cyclists, because I wasn't doing a good job as the lead van.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the ARC of Centeal Nebraska. They were so welcoming and excited. They were ready with lunch, and it was KFC, and Sonic Freezes! The media was also there, so we made it onto the news!
We had some free time so I took a nap, and then it was time for dinner. We went to the Elks lodge where we had dinner and a friendship visit with the ARK. It was the absolute most fun I've had the entire trip. The people were all so wonderful, and it just really enjoyed dancing around and seeing how I was impacting these people! Also I had a double cheeseburger!
One of the clients is 30 years old, and has been greeting us in Grand Island since he was 7! It is so awesome that The Ability Experience has been impacting this community for so long. I am so lucky to be a part of it.
The friendship visit really put the rest of the day in perspective. No matter how the ride goes it doesn't matter, because that is not what The Journey of Hope is about, it is about the friendships we make, and the people we impact.
They say that the worst day on the Journey of Hope is better than the best day in your normal life. In a lot of ways that really is true, and today was a shining example!