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/.
Today started well and ended well...in between, let's just call it tough. Our breakfast tab was paid for by a trucker in Newell, SD. Guy didn't say a word. Just asked the waitress what we were doing. Then paid our bill and left. Gave me goosebumps, Cathy and the waitress cried. Good people in the Midwest.
Pretty decent road this morning, lots of slight uphills with no reward on the other side...weird. As a team we averaged over 17 miles an hour until our friend "Mr. Headwind" decided to pay us a visit. Man, do we hate that guy.
A little after noon we remembered that we were entering central time zone and would lose an hour. We kept struggling along with Mr. Headwind just working us. Oh, and did I tell you it was right around a 100 degrees...word for the day: blast furnace.
Our plan called for 189 miles today, kind of overambitious you think? We had to cut out a 40 mile section in the late afternoon. We started skating again just before the Missouri River. Skated up to the bridge, but had to pass on skating across, barely wide enough for two cars, let alone two semis and a skater. The hill on the east side of the river was long and about an 8% grade...up not down. This team is a hill climbing monster, nothing stops them.
End up in Gettysburg, South Dakota about 6:45. Earlier in the day we had received a phone call from a woman named Paula (turns out her aunt used to live in Morro Bay in the 1970s) from the Firehouse Diner in Gettysburg, she had heard about our trip from the local chamber of commerce. She told us if we made it to Gettysburg we had a free dinner waiting. And what a dinner it was...thanks Paula! As were about to leave one of the locals came up and handed us a $50 donation. It always seem to be in the less affluent communities that we receive the most donations or help.
Tomorrow is another big day as our plan calls for us to make it to Watertown. We've heard the heat is supposed to break and there are rumors of a tailwind...we'll see!
Donations continue to increase on our Alzheimer's Association page...Thank you!