Journey of Discovery bicycle tour



June 3: As daylight gave way to dusk I finally pitched the tent in this small rest area, which, by the way, didn't even have a port-a-potty. The next morning dawned bright and clear. I had slept soundly, except to hear 2 trucks pull in for a break through the night. That morning only the Walmart truck remained, as he had spent the night. I did have a major problem, however. I only had a few ounces of water remaining and the temperatures were scheduled to be in the triple-digit range. I prayed for help. As I was packing up the tent and loading the bike, the Walmart driver, Linn, approached. He was a kind man about my age, his 5 children all grown. He was from Oregon enroute to St. George, Utah and then on to Phoenix. He enjoyed sailing-- he and his family had sailed up the Pacific coast in their 40 foot boat years before. He asked me about my trip. I told him that I was biking across the country in order to become acquainted with the simple basics of life, and to draw closer to God. He liked the idea of biking because it's so quiet and peaceful. That's why he liked sailing instead of motorboats. Just as he was getting ready to leave I suddenly thought to ask him if he had any extra water. "I get a discount at Walmart, so it's only 49 cents a gallon." He reached into a compartment on the side of the cab and pulled out an unopened gallon of spring water. What a blessing! I thanked him, we shook hands, and parted ways.

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