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I just wanted to share with you a story about some
wonderful people. Too often we hear about the bad and not about some
of the wonderful people.
The first are local people, the couple who run the Redwood Motel.
On the afternoon of Sunday, July 24, I called them from my hometown
in Seattle. I told the lady who answered and runs the place with her
husband the story of my friend Willie A. Taylor. I will share more
of his story below. I told them how he is doing this big bicycle
trip on his own from Michigan along Route 66 to L.A. and back for
diabetes. How he planned to make it to Springfield, but the weather
so hot and the wind against him that he would need to stay in
Lincoln. Without hesitation they offered him their last room for
Later I called back and let them know he was coming but it would
be another two or three hours -- the going tough and slow. She
offered his room free and said they would be watching for him. When
he finally arrived, he told me that the lady's husband was outside
watching for him and getting ready to go look for him, as they were
worried. They know not me nor him, just what I told them on the
phone. These are wonderful people indeed, and your town should be
proud to have them as residents and business owners.
Now this is more of the story of my friend Willie A. Taylor. He
completed his eighth day of this trip at the Redwood. He has already
battled rainstorm, wind, hills and heat up to 104 degrees.
He is an incredible man with a selfless heart and great
determination. He set out on July 16 to do a two-month-long bike
ride from his hometown, St. Johns, Mich., to Chicago, then along the
historical Route 66 to California and back. This is about 6,000
miles to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. I have
included links to his page on the American Diabetes website and a
story written by a local paper. There you can learn more of his
trip, his goal, why Route 66 and diabetes, and how to contact him.
[to top of second column in this letter]
It is the yet untold part of this story that is more amazing. After
a two-week ride in 2003 covering 2,024 miles from Michigan to
Mississippi and back, this is something Willie has wanted to do.
Last year he didn't feel it was the right time. This is the year he
felt it was in God's will.
Nearly everything that could go wrong
has. A self-employed man, things started going downhill when he lost
a big contract early in the year. It is not my place to divulge all
that has come in his way. Perhaps he will share some of them with
you if you contact him. In essence he had to choose from going forth
with the trip or try to keep his nice home. He let the house go.
At the same time positive things were happening, more adversary
came -- down to no transportation, giving up his house and selling
personal items to try to have some pennies as he ventured out. He
did the 70-mile-long Tour de Cure trip as mentioned on the Web page,
then ran into another unexpected delay.
Determined to make his goal, on July 16, a month past the
original planned departure date of June 18, he finally got to begin
the trip. Even without a driver to go along, he stepped out in faith
and is not letting anything stop him.
These are the kind of people we need to hear more about. Such
wonderful blessings in a difficult world.
In support of Willie A. Taylor
(Posted July 26, 2005)
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