Morro Bay resident Jack Smith is skateboarding across America to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Smith and his "A Push to Remember" team is hoping to raise $100,000 on their three-week trek from Oregon to New York. For the team's route and other information, visit http://www.apushtoremember.com/. Smith's updates on the trip will continue to be posted at http://sanluisobispo.com/.
Of all of my journeys across America by skateboard this one has been the most "road condition" challenging. I think someone has hatched a plot to "chip seal" (gravel over) all of America's roads. Today we skated from Moorcroft, Wyoming to Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Most of the day was sweet, smooth road with decent shoulders. Ran into 11 miles of fresh chip seal near the South Dakota border; also had to skip about two miles of 7 percent downhill near Devil's Tower.
A Wyoming State Trooper paid us a visit today, very nice guy. Just told us that in Wyoming, skateboarders are treated like pedestrians and have to stay on the shoulder. Melanie had some folks pull up beside her and ask to take her photo, then they stopped by the van and bought a tee shirt.
Also met a Harley riding couple who made a donation, the man's father had passed away from Alzheimer's last year.
Arrived in Belle Fourche and visited the Chamber of Commerce, and took some photos at the Geographic Center of the US pavilion. The chamber was able to hook us up with reduced rate lodging at the Kings Inn.
While at the visitors center I was approached by an older gentlemen, who was a volunteer there, he asked what we were doing. After we explained, he told us that his wife has Alzheimer's and has been a care facility for two years. There was just something about the way he spoke that made me almost start to cry. You could see the love and hurt in his eyes at the same time.
While the kiddos rested, Cathy and I drove 25 miles out to Newell to recon tomorrow's route. The chamber folks told us the road was fresh chip seal all the way to Newell...they were correct, After Newell, highway looks great, just like I remember it from 1976 and 1984. Wide open spaces, decent pavement and shoulders, with very, very little traffic.
Early start time tomorrow to beat the heat, supposed to be in the low 90s.
Quite a jump in online donations overnight. Thanks again to everyone you has supported our "push"