The flat terrain from Sandpoint to Clark Fork on Wednesday, yesterday, was welcome relief from hills.  It was good for our spirits to have an easy day. 

Tuesday was the first day, since our ride to the ferry on Orcas Island, that we carried all of our gear.  The ride on the Old Priest Road was hilly and narrow.  In the first half mile I decided to send some gear home with Mark – I gave up my cook kit, but kept my water pump, and I’m carrying microphone, light and batteries for our camcorder. I still felt a bit wobbly, but got used to the weight and lost all sense of wobbliness after about few miles. It is a relief to know we can carry weight on hills.  And packing is getting more efficient – we’re developing a sense of how to pack frequently needed items, like food, water, computer and more DVD’s in places that are easiest to access.

Sandpoint is a lovely town.  The hospitality at the K2 Inn was exemplary – friendliness, spacious room, free wifi, breakfast and good coffee.  In Sandpoint this morning I made what is becoming to be the ususal rounds. I gave a DVD to Kevin and Steve at the Sandpoint Fire Department.  At the Sandpoint Police Station I gave a DVD to officer Chuck Smith, and I left one for Police Chief Mark Lockwood.   Next I dropped in at the Gardenia Center and left a DVD with volunteers setting up for the soup kitchen.  (From the Gardenia Center Sunday Service bulletin, “In peace we meet, in love we have our existence.”) I also dropped in at the First Presbyterian Church office and left a DVD for the pastor.  In addition we gave DVD’s to people who were outgoing enough to ask where we were traveling. 

On the way out of Sandpoint, riding through Ponderey, seeing a sign for City Hall, I quickly pealed off the highway to see who I could find (I’ve learned that police officers and firefighters are often found near city hall).  I found the North Side Fire District and was writing a note before leaving a DVD on the door when a firefighter pulled up and backed in to his parking spot (they always do that, back in).  As I recall, I greeted him saying, “I am so pleased to be able to hand this to you in person.”  And then I was talking a mile a minute, describing the cross country ride, WTC 7, the NIST report, the 1700 credentialed architects and engineers, other forensic evidence at the WTC site not included in the NIST analysis, the most highly credentialed architects and engineers asked to be interviewed for a documentary, the documentary.  I laughed as I explained that I was talking so fast because my friend out on the road who may not have seen me peal off, and I needed to catch up with her.  He said they’d be having a meeting the next night and he’d share the DVD.  Later, along the road, one of the local residents told me I’d just been talking with the fire chief (but I don’t know for certain…maybe I can find out by looking online).

Later along the road we met other firefighters from the Sam Owen Fire District.  I gave a DVD to TJ, and then found Pam talking with EMT Blaine at the Sam Owen Fire Station.

Along the easy grade to Clark Fork, I reflected on the string of fire stations, the DVD’s left on doors and the DVD’s left in person, perhaps it was the raw genuineness of the connection at the North Side Fire District, I was overtaken by a wave of grief for the firefighters who died when the Twin Towers were brought down.  I didn’t know any of them, but at the same time I feel sad.  This bike ride is for them.

It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of the bike riding and the outreach, the fascination with the evidence, the trouble with the NIST reports - and then I reflect on the seriousness of the information I am leaving with people and I just feel sad. 

It matters to me that responsibility for 9/11 is properly attributed.  It matters that an investigation is conducted using appropriate standard operating procedures, as in NFPA 921.

I am also grateful for the people we meet along the road.  In Clark Fork, we met two people at the library who already know about AE911Truth.  Of the more than 150 people I’ve talked with fewer than ten have heard of AE911Truth.  We are successfully introducing people to AE911Truth.

We found a sweet campsite about 3 miles down a gravelly road, Johnson Creek Recreation area, on the water, all to ourselves.  We spent the night in silence. In the morning a couple of fishermen arrived.  We gave them a DVD.  One of them has a son who is studying fire forensics.

We’re seeing osprey here, since Okanogan – man-made nesting platforms with fledgling osprey.  The osprey seem to be doing well in the river valleys.  I saw one this morning in the morning sun with a silver streak of a fish in it’s talons.   I’m wishing that everyone could have a good breakfast.

Thank you to everyone who wishes us safety.  And thank you for prayers.  Please remember that it is important for us that this bike tour not be so much about us as about all of us, so please also pray for the wellbeing of everyone we meet along the road, and especially for healing in relation to 9/11.  And for freedom.



08/09/2012 8:18pm

I got back to Seattle last night after having to leave Rena and Pam at Newport on the WA/ID border. I had to get back to running my business, and it was just in time because I immediately had to deal with 3 new customers. After spending the last two weeks on the road with Rena and Pam I now find myself missing them terribly! I so wish I could go the whole distance with them to NY, but my small business won't tolerate my absence.

I love and admire both of you to the max for what you are doing to promote the truth about 9/11.

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