Today was an exceptional day. After I wake up I usually have a cig. Today was the same. But what made it different it was graced with the presence of Ghostface, the self-proclaimed most famous EX-drug dealer in York, PA. He asked for a smoke so I gave it to him and he said “you ain’t from round here with that hair cut, what are you doing?” So, I told him I was walking across the country for the non-profit I formed Addiction Awareness Across America. And that I was from upsate NY, but moved to the Poconos 3 years ago. “Oh yeh that’s what I mean that’s an upstate NY hair cut.” So I laughed. He then told me about his proclamation, and asked for $20 to get the best crack in PA. I said sorry man I can’t help you with that, but could probably help him get into a rehab if he’d like. “Nah man, I like my rocks too much, you have a good day”. And a good day I had at that!!

Shortly after I started walking I had to check my phone, and noticed an email from a KBR in Pittsburgh, a radio station inviting me on air Mon Sept 13th at 6:30am. This is pretty exciting as the awareness is growing! Not sure how he found out but that is entirely the point!! Keep it coming.

Probably the best part of my day was about 11.5miles from York. I stopped on the corner of someones lawn that had shade and sat down close to the road. I finished my water break and was about to leave when Dean came around the corner and said “aren’t you the guy hiking across America?” I said, “yes” so he said “come with me”, and I did. He wasn’t large in stature, was very kind, and didn’t look the 78 he said he was, so I didn’t feel threatened at all. We went to meet his son, Mark, who was a retired police officer, and didn’t reveal the town. He has seen in York county first hand what the opiod epidemic has done to families he is close with. Dean made a point to let me know he is VERY conservative when it comes to politics, and didn’t understand addiction. He has 2 beers a week, maybe 5 once in a blue moon if he attends a gathering. Over the years they have had many people stop at their place while traveling route 30, and I could tell by their generous hospitality. They gave me some history about the Confederates marching through their property on their way to York some 160 years ago. They were extremely supportive of what I was doing, and why I was doing it. That time spent with them will never leave me. Dean had said it was God’s work that I stopped at his house today to take my break, and I wholeheartedly agree. 

Today was a good day. I go through ebs and flows of motivation, and feeing drained. Both those conversations I had today were motivation for me to keep moving forward, in drasticaly different ways. Yes I am physically alone OFTEN on this journey, but never do I feel that way. My higher power I call God is with every second, in addition to the love and support from all of you. Thank you all very much!! On to Gettysburg tomorrow!!🙏🏻❤️

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What an overwhelming day of love and support! I was first stopped by Rose who said, “ I’m not sure what you are doing but I’d like to buy you lunch!” So she handed me $15 and we proceded to talk for a few minutes. Rose purey acted out of Love. If there were more prople like her in this world, it would be astoundingly different! 

I was then interviewed by a local news station thanks to my mom calling ahead!!🙏🏻❤️ They covered the story perfectly and gave a spot on the 6pm news. This was put on social media and again, a tremendous outpouring of love, support and compassion for what we are trying to do at Addiction Awareness Across America! 

The most rewarding part of my day came at around 715pm when I was standing outside an AA meeting that was closed bc of the holiday (wtf is that, this should never happen). So me and a couple others waked to another meeting about 30 min walk, and I got to talk to some addicts. They were new to their sober journey and said I was inspiring. I had a great talk with Graham who has been at it for a few years now. This door was locked too, so we sat outside in a circle and shared!!! At the meeting I brought up the topic of Patience. Lol, pretty essential my recovery, and specifically the journey I am going on. As an addict, we want instant gratification, much like he rest of America, but for us it is 10 fold. Patience has to be worked at, it does not come naturally and through prayer and meditation it has gotten a lot better!! 

Again thanks to all the love and support!! Godspeed!!!

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A very short stint at Kensington and Allegheny. I couldn’t stomach it for very long and wanted to get out of there. This was just one corner of an example of profound hopelessness. Very sad. 

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First day was a success!! I had some fleeting thoughts of turning around within the first mile. Saying to myself “what’s the point of all this.” So I dropped a few things out of my pack, my inflatable sleeping pad, a pair of jeans, some tiger balm, and leave in conditioner for my fro-ish mullhawk. Stuff I didn’t need. And took another step. I got to the town I was shooting for, 18.5 miles. And one of my great friends Jason N came and got me. Staying at his sober house tonight. I met him 10months ago in rehab. Love this dude! AA meeting tonight and back at it tomorrow! 

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Here is the moment of truth! I take off Saturday Sept 4th!!!

 

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