Day 33

Had a late start today leaving Ludington around noon.  I was excited to go to mass and take it a little slow.  Rode 65 miles to Reed City.  It was overcast all day and nice and cool.  Not much in Reed City.  They do have a Yoplait yogurt factory there.  Camped at an RV park.  Greeted by Janet the camp hostess.  She gave me a deal on camping and treated me to a steak that she was grilling. I was very grateful and enjoyed my conversation with her.  At one time she was the mayor of Reed City.

I received a package at the Ludington post office today that was sent by the staff in the emergency department at Children's Hospital Colorado.  It was a tremendous surprise and gift from my co workers.  Thank you guys!  I really appreciate your generosity. Everything will be used on the homestretch.  You are the best of the best!

I spent time thinking about the tragic event in France. Had feelings of sadness and anger.  You are at a loss for words when something like this happens to good people.  I will continue to pray for those who were hurt by this and ask God to be with them. 

Hope and Mercy in our world,

P.S. - I've also learned a lot about this man: Father Père Marquette.  He founded many of the areas that I have traveled through.  A lot of things are named after him.  

Here's more about him from Wikipedia:
Father Jacques Marquette S.J. (June 1, 1637 – May 18, 1675), sometimes known as Père Marquette or James (Jim) Marquette, was a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. In 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. Learn more...

Today's Route: Ludington, MI to Reed City, MI