Day 56

Hello everyone,

Greetings from the backwoods of Bucksport Maine.  I'm staying with Frank who is from Florida.  Frank is a retired geologist and geographer who is building a summer home in Maine.  Frank has many talents and skills.  He is a self learner.  He is also building a a 42 foot cutter back in Florida.  A cutter is a sailboat which has the mast toward the center of the boat.  It is "farther aft".  He has worked on and restored cars.  He makes his own wine.  He's the real deal.  His wife Sandy is visiting her son in North Dokota at this time.  I was able to help Frank with some minor projects today.  We are staying in the RV.  This is good for the soul.  Later today we are going to visit two Franciscian brothers who make beer and run a bakery shop in Bangor Maine.  Can't wait!

Will be home late Monday night.  I will blog for several more days so stay tuned, especially if you're having a hard time sleeping.  I would like to take the his time to thank the behind the scenes folks who served as my team.  In a way, all of you are part of the team, and I am grateful for you all.

I want to thank the Big 3 and Mary, and all the Saints in Heaven, for a safe journey and for bringing greater awareness to the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in the middle east.

My family: Thank you Lee Ann for the prayers, blogging, coordinating, and calling, making sure I was taken care of along the way.  Thank you Lucy for the social media posts and your love and support.  Thank you Carly for helping mom hold down the fort, and your love and support.

The Lugo family:  Thanks to Ed for your excellent help with creating this website, your patience in teaching Lee Ann how to do it, and to Sara for her generosity in sharing precious family time with us when we needed his help.  The website is beautiful thanks to you.

Gillies family:  Thanks for the initial calls to churches to see if I could stay with them. You got things going. Thanks Duncan for recommending bag-balm. Life saver.

Witzel family:  Thanks Trish for sending out the group e-mails to people at work. No one at work knew I was doing the trip until the day I started.  Only a few knew I guess. Thanks for the gift box before the trip.

Staib family:  Thanks for sending out letters to my aeration customers and checking on Lee Ann.  And thanks to the Staib brothers for mowing my lawn.

Mendel family:  Mike, my stair climbing buddy.  Thanks for pushing me.  Looking forward to your Journey the next couple of years.

Craig family:  Thanks for the business cards, checking in on Lee Ann, GPS system, and passing the word onto others. Keep training Chris.

Million family:  Thanks for the REI card, meeting me in NY, the ride (Clark), the guest blogging (Debra), spreading the word in Ft. Worth, and your monetary contribution to help with expenses.  

Seth and Steve:  One Billion Stories is the best!  Thanks for a great video and seeing the importance of the story.

Tynan family:  Thanks for your monetary contribution in the very beginning. Thanks Matt for touching base with me daily, emotional support to Lee Ann, and for spreading the word to newspapers, radio shows, organizations, and people everywhere. You are quite the spokesman.

Hope and Mercy,


"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house.  Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor...Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."  ~  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta