Today July 15th, 2015 I am compelled to share another amazing experience. In the world of bad news, cynics, negative influence and at time bleak hope, a light of kindness shines bright and illuminates a path where we can believe in the power of unselfishness and unconditional goodwill. In my last couple of days of my tour I knew I would be finishing in Charleston South Carolina. I knew this was as far as I was willing to go and it was no longer desirable for me to continue on to Florida. What I did not know was where I was going to stay in this historic city without paying a King’s ransom. So, I did what I have been doing for the duration of my tour, I sent several request via warmshowers.org in hopes for establishing a home stay and getting ready to dismantle the bicycle to put in the box and train to Orlando, Florida I made this request with several days in advance and to over 8 people with the hope on getting a 30 percent response rate for my efforts. Several days went by and no replies. Another set of request with more emphasis on how I was finishing this epic adventure and how I really need it to get home still yield zero results. My doubts started hunting me, I started to question my capability to influence others to hospitality and unconditional kindness, even after having succeed in arranging many stays and some amazing experiences. After receiving two responses which were notifications of inability to host me and feeling the constriction of a bleak out look, I decide it to use one more option:
Vincent D Frizzia and I met on the C&O canal in early June. He was riding for his cause : ChefsforVets.org or .com which raises money to help vets who are dealing with post combact issues and committing suicide. Vincent had told me he was from Charleston S.C. and that if I was to be going through Charleston to let him know so he could get me a place to stay and support if I need it. Long be hold, when I contacted him he immediately got on facebook imploring his friends to help this cycle touring brother in his time of need. No responses until he made a second request in which he emphasized his disbelieve that Charleston had no heart or kindness to strangers. Still no response. Lucky for me, I found out that Charleston has a pretty good hostel: the not so hostel and I decide it to invest my money on a couple of days stay. Once I book my room, Murphy’s Law came into effect. Someone responded. All the way from Las Vegas Nevada. At first I was skeptical how someone all the way out west and me needing a place to stay on the shores of the east coast could really have any positive solution to my predicament. As it turns out this person had what it would turn out was a practical solution indeed. ( because I do not know if I have this person’s permission to disclose identity, identity will stay confidential. ) I got this wonderful message saying how he or she was across the country but lived in Charleston street in Las Vegas and was following Vincent D Frizzia on his epic ride and charitable cause and was willing to assist me in any way shape or form. Before I could respond, I received another message that a gift card for $100 could be redeem on line to purchase what ever I needed to get me home. Tears and emotions has overwhelmed me. If I had any more cynical blood in me this kindness killed it. I am now cleansed , I am now humble beyond believe. How, why are no longer in my thoughts. I can honestly say that this episode has taken center stage on this journey. I would go out and like an apostle , preach to the world this amazing experience. My dear giver: thank you for shining upon this cynic and teaching me that goodness and kindness in people really exist. I hope that everything that is wonderful in the world is part of your existence and I hope and pray this for you always, always….
P.S. I did not take the money, it is to be giving to someone who really deserves it and needs it. Cheftsforvets.com or that org will get a $100.00 donation from this humble and happy human being.