The night in the fire station was just what I needed. A warm place tosleep where I could just relax. I got up early to make sure my stuff wascleaned up and out of the way by the time the Chief got in. When hw didarrive it was still to dark to leave so we had an enjoyable conversation.
He has been chief fir over 14 years; married fir 45; and his grandchildrenare what makes it all worthwhile. It is such a great experience when youget to meet someone like that -- I was very grateful for the gift.
When it was time to leave he notices that I did not have a vest so hepromptly went into one of the fire engines and gave me a fire departmentorange vest. It is awesome and I am honored to wear it. During the day itopened up all manner if conversation with folks I met along the way.
The skies cleared and the day was bright as I crossed into Texas. Everyonehas warned me about how bad Texas can be , we shall see. For now I amdeviating off route, heading north to visit family. It is a big push to getup close enough for a pickup, but in the end it will be well worth theeffort.
After a few days of rest I will be back on the Southern Tier pushing west insearch of warmer weather.Sent from my Windows Phone