Made it to Tiki Island
Ahhhh, stretch, eat, and a morning talk about my next leg of the run with Jason and Christie. After a great cooked breakfast and more blinking lights added to my CammelBak for safety, I started my way to Tiki Island.
The honks and cheers along the road give me the extra little kick to continue on the venture to bring people’s eyes fixed on me, the mobile awareness billboard for CF. with my looks of ” Forrest Gump” adding to the draw of people’s attention, it then becomes the ice breaker for a conversation about the “Breathe Easy” Run and who it benefits.
My first Starbucks stop along the way was the first of unfriendly affairs. Was told I wasn’t allowed to put up flyers about the run, after I had made my purchase with my gold card. I had informed the lady who snapped at me that I had asked the other employee first and was said it was ok, but that I would take them down and take them to another location. So I left my drink on the counter and said keep it and the change, and off I went. Heading 45 south I continued to meet people as I waited to cross the roads at lights and posed for pictures holding the CFF flags out.
Little ways down the road my body was letting me know it’s time to eat. As I was walking through a parking lot to my destination I heard a group of people yell out, “Go Forrest Go!” So I turned back to share with them about my run. After I talked with them for a bit I walked over to Hooters, Webster location, where I was greeted with smiles of looks of disbelief. Nadia was quick to ask about what Team CFF stood for and why was I running 500 miles for them. As I was seated I handed her a stack of cards with the CFF info on it and the link for the run so they could follow. Nadia proceeded to go around telling others about me and my run. She handed the cards out to customers as well as coworkers. The manger of the Webster location came up to the table and wished me luck on my travels. As a few photos were taken and a shirt was given to me by Nadia. I was wished the best of luck safe travels, and that they’d be behind me supporting me and spreading the word around while I was on the road.
Outside I saddle up’d my CammelBak onto my shoulders,tightened the straps, and of to my next stop.
As I normally have done through my run, I stop at Starbucks to have either coffee or water so that I save what is stored in my CammelBak for later. The next few locations were great and very supportive. Making my way south towards my next predetermined destination, Columbia Sports Wear at the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Richard was the gentlemen who greeted me first. I mentioned to him how Melissa said she’d contribute to the “Breathe Easy”Run. I was told to shop away. After roaming the collecting only what I needed, being careful not to add much more weight, I was ready to check out. Tomy, the manger working that night made the adjustments and was very helpful. Their contribution to the run will be helping me along the way there in comfort.
My eyes are now set on the Island before the Island.
Along the dark, misty,foggy roads, headlights intermediately passing me by, one set slowly comes to a stop next to my side. Blythe and Micheal had driven out to where I was and brought sunflower seeds and water to me. After pics and thanks, it was time to keep on truckin.
Closer and closer I get to the water the tempature slowly gets cooler, relieving me of the heat from the day. Instagram’ng along the way for followers to keep up with my progress as well besides the post on fb, to give a little illustration of the journey as I see it on foot. I’ve made it!! Thinking it was going to be a short run for the day tanks to google maps, I anticipated it to be about 10 miles shorter, eek, oh well 29 miles wasn’t bad. As I stand in front of the Tiki Island sign, I proudly take a picture to let everyone k ow that I’ve arrived safely to my destination for the night.
A big thanks to the Toberman family for dinner,hot shower, and a comfy place to sleep for the night. As we talked through the night and caught up on the past it was time to rest. To all my CF friends, “Toberman” was a big part in the break through with CF developing the inhaler that is used to this day. When I return from my trip, I plan on getting to know more about it and visit the wing named after the grandfather. Morning comes and I’m greeted by Nathan. We talked about his fishing trip to Florida and how it compares to here. While talking and packing up the time came for me to continue on.
Hugs and thanks were given, then down the stairs to start my shortest leg of the run over the Galveston Cauesway Bridge….