Yesterday as I rode from Lawrence Kansas towards my campsite at Melvern Resivoir, and about 15 miles away from my destination I realize there was a pretty gnarly storm approaching. There was no way I was going to make it, and I had no choice but to pull over and find either a safe place to camp, or ask one of the locals for help. This is where I met Bill Bailey & his family during my ride. He provided me shelter from a pretty wicked storm! Graciously he and his family allowed me to hang out, have dinner, and learn about Kansas life (they have a lot of "Storm Stories")!!!
Through our talks, I found out Bill was recently diagnosed with paralysis of the liver, and only has about 10% remaining at this point. We conversed, celebrated his Great Grandsons 1st birthday, ate cake and ice cream and talked about the recent clothing restrictions at the local high school with his grand daughter Katherine. He was inspired by my trip, but what he didn't realize was that in locating people like him, I'm inspired everyday to continue moving (slowly) across the country!