State: New Jersey
Weather: 57 degrees, rain
The next adventure has begun! I loaded all of my stuff into a jog stroller, and started running. It was raining, though luckily not too hard. More than anything, the rain cleared the air.
I’m not sure if I’m following the most direct route, though I’m proceeding in a general westward direction. Running I can do, that comes easy, because that is what I love. Trying to deal with the press, doing interviews, taking pictures, that stuff is challenging. It feels great to be free.
Of course, I already miss my family deeply. Funny as it sounds, running has become my life. It’s how I put food on the table, so I look at this journey across the country no differently than a businessman who travels for extended periods, or a serviceman who is stationed overseas. If I weren’t running, I’d be sitting behind a desk and probably not very happy. I’ll also be able to work on my second book along the way, thus I’m carrying a digital recorder to write as I run.
As you can imagine, I got some pretty funny looks today. I got some even funnier expressions when I asked for directions. What inspired me most is the enthusiasm of the people I talked with when they learned of what I was doing. It broke through any barriers that may otherwise exist between people, and you could absolutely sense the wonderment in their eyes. Who would ever expect to encounter a person running to San Francisco on some random street corner in New York?! I was tickled and touched by some of the comments and expressions, and I think they were as well.
You can now follow my progress by clicking here: Where's Dean?