Today we had the privilege of meeting Rich. Rich is a truly remarkable man who is merely passing through.
It seems that Elk River has had it's fair amount of 'traveler's' this season. All with messages worth hearing.
Anyways, if you had the opportunity of meeting Rich you'd be quite inspired by his story. It was filled with hope and strength.
You see, Rich has no mobility in his legs. He suffered an injury falling off his roof many years ago. He recently had a 'big' birthday and decided to make a journey most of us would be truly exhausted by.
Starting in Itasca at the headwaters of the Mississippi, Rich is following the river to the very end. Eight weeks riding his modified bike to spread a message of hope.
Along with his dog and his wife he is traveling between 30 and 50 miles a day using his arms to pedal along. If you have a chance to read his blog... it's worth the read.
The children that heard his story today were enthralled and inspired. Quietly and enthusiastically listening and asking questions these children were blessed by his story of strength and perseverance.
In a world that is suffering in so many ways his story is a bright light. It's a message that pushes one forward and makes you want to excel and grow. He shows what a little commitment mixed with hard work and determination could do for a person.
Maybe down river you can catch him too. If you do please take the time to honk and wave! A cheering section always makes the hard stuff easier to handle.
And, if you are looking to purchase a home, let me know. I'll be your cheering section in a process that is sometimes slow and painful.