Wednesday, May 17, 2017

L’Arche Across America — Day 8 — Travel Day

When I was a child, there was a TV campaign with the slogan, “See the USA, in your Chevrolet.” It was the era of the family road trip, and when I was about nine, my parents loaded their first four children in their Chevy wagon and headed off from Minnesota to see The Badlands, Yellowstone, and other points west.

That was my first taste of the boundless space and infinite skies that await anyone who travels beyond the Mississippi.

Now, more than half a century later, I’m seeing the USA once again, this time in my Toyota Siena minivan, which I’ve offered for a larger purpose, “L’Arche Across America.” It doesn’t have the same ring—See the USA in your Toyota Siena minivan—but the effect on me is just as momentous.

Yesterday was Tuesday, May 16, our eighth day on the road, and it was the roadiest day so far. We drove 500 miles from Billings MT to Coeur d’Alene ID—a distinct change of plan necessitated by plane schedules.

Our fellow traveler, Jane, is flying back east on Thursday to attend meetings that hopefully will lead to her US citizenship. Another assistant, Shonda, is flying west to take Jane’s place in the Toyota for the coming seven days—until Jane returns to us, bringing two more core members with her to Los Angeles.

Anyway, we changed schedules early Tuesday when we realized that our plan to stop at L’Arche Spokane would have made it impossible for Jane to make her outgoing connection.

So on Wednesday (today) we drive to a Sea-Tac Airport hotel; and on Thursday morning we will drop Jane and pick up Shonda, then spend two nights instead of one at L’Arche Seattle.

I’ll keep this post short, since I spent most of my writing time this morning on a post for the L’Arche Boston North web site, summarizing our first week on the road.

Only one more important note:

Today is Doris’s 70th birthday, and yesterday we started the celebrations early (photo at the top).

Check out this short video posted by Todd to our Instagram account.

Happy birthday Doris!!

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