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Tour began on Saturday May, 12th 2007.
We left at 8:00 a.m., from the Walton Arts Center parking lot in Fayetteville.

Day Thirteen

Crestview, FL to Mariana, FL (a little bit past Cottondale)
90 miles
70s to mid 80s
Breezy - head winds all day
Gentle rolling hills - great shoulders - smooth surfaces
Great for biking (except for the wind in our face)
We also were getting some light smoke from the forest fires East of us.

Mike and Sarah joined us for the day - Mike was able to cycle with us -
All right Mike!
It was nice to have them along - enjoyed the conversations along the
way.
It makes the day go quicker. Thanks also for the pancakes and
hospitality.

Our new friend JaNell Owens (met her at the get together at Sarah's
church), arranged for a police escort at De Funiak Springs.
That was really cool to be able ride down main street with a police car
before and behind.
JaNell also arranged for the local TV station to get some coverage of
our journey through that part of the state.
Thanks so much JaNell, it was so good to meet you and your family. Give
Ezra and all your kids a hug from us.

We originally were going to stop at Cottondale, FL - But were invited to
stay at the Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Mariana, Fl.
Just another 10 miles down the road - that will make the journey to
Tallahassee tomorrow a little bit shorter.
They provided great accommodations and opened the pool for the kids -
boy did that feel good after a long day.
Thanks Jeff for your hospitality! 

Thoughts:
Communication is more than words.
How can I express to you the passion in my heart?
There are people who really do a good job painting pictures with words.
There are people who have a quick wit.
But words are typically a very small part of real communication.
It is the tone of the words, our body language that really communicates
the message.
Jon, and others with Down Syndrome often have some struggles with
verbalizing,
But they have no problem communicating some very important concepts.
Their expressions are priceless - they have the quick wit of the heart.


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