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August 14 - Whitefish to West Glacier

Les Young, one of the experts in Experts Speak Out, speaks from his experience both as a hi-rise architect and as a former firefighter.  Les’s words touch me in a way similar to interactions I’ve had with firefighters along the way.

The ride from Whitefish to West Glacier was on back roads that kept us off Rt. 2.  The section of Rt. 2 that goes through Hungry Horse, Martin City and Coram in reportedly narrow, windy, with poor shoulders and dangerous for bicyclists, so I was grateful to have a map with an alternate route for cyclists.

In Columbia Falls, similar to what happened in the North Side Fire District in Ponderey, ID, just as I was writing a note on the back of a DVD sleeve, a firefighter drove up in a fire engine.  He asked, “What can I do for you?”  I explained our bike tour and gave him a DVD and then asked if he would be willing to be photographed in front of the artwork near the fire station door.  His response, “Well…why not?” 

The painted wooden cutout has two firefighters together raising a flag.  The initials on one of the firefighters are CFFD (for Columbia Falls Fire District) and on the other NYFD (for New York Fire District).  I get a sense that firefighters comprehend the sincerity and seriousness of our effort to raise awareness of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

In the morning I was up early to ride ahead to the Essex post office.  The road grade to Essex was only 1-2%.  I rode most of it in high gear.  By good luck I found the post office easily.  It’s unmarked from the outside, inside a restaurant. The 9/11 Journey for Truth t-shirts had arrived just this morning, so we now have shirts to display our purpose for being on the road.  9/11 Journey for Truth t-shirts are available at the AE911Truth store and proceeds go to support the vital work of AE911Truth.

We’ve had some good conversations with proprietors of businesses in West Glacier and Essex – people who have taken time to educate themselves about 9/11 and other current events.  We distributed more DVD’s. 

I talked just briefly with a U.S. Border Patrol agent - I approached him because of his badge.  He listened for just a moment and declined to take a DVD.  “No, I don’t want that,” he said, and he quickly drove away.  I didn’t sense any contempt from him like I did from one of the FEMA agents in Republic.  I don’t know for certain, but my sense of the facial expression from the border Patrol agent was that he was protecting himself from implications of receiving the information.

Regarding the federal agents (FEMA and Border Patrol) that decline information, it is important to me to offer respect and care for their situation.  I can only guess about why they decline to receive information.  I want to include them in a circle of prayer – they are somebody’s brother, son, husband or father – I encourage prayer for their wellbeing, along with everyone else we meet along the way.



 


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