|Yorktown beach, with Bonnie|
And so it begins...with a dip of the rear wheel into the Atlantic waters on the Yorktown, Virginia beach on May 14, 2016.
|Traditional east starting point, Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown Memorial|
There is a tradition when undertaking long-distance bicycle rides of encountering wonderful hospitality. It is humbling to experience the gift of hospitality from strangers. The United Methodist Church in Palmyra, VA is one such place. It's senior pastor George only learned of the Trans America Trail passing by their church a year ago when two women asked to camp in the church side yard. Since that time the church has sought to serve the traveling bicyclist with a place to bed down in their fellowship and education hall, and use of the kitchen supplied with food for the bicyclist. The church membership is working hard to provide hot showers for the bike tourer. Until then, Pastor George drives bicyclists to his home for hot showers. This is their mission of serving a traveling community. Since late April, Palmyra UMC has hosted bicyclists from Brisbane, Australia; Scotland; England; Manila, Philippines; Arkansas; New York City; St. Petersburg, FL; Orlando, FL; Salt Lake City; Kentucky; Arizona; Washington, DC; Georgia; and North Carolina. Every member I met during my two nights stay over expressed a sincere compassion and interest in the bicyclist's well-being. I was most grateful.
|Pastor George is a very loving man.|
|PUMC Pastor George|
|Carl of Atlanta, GA|