See below youtube video with Erik Lawyer, firefighter, one of the experts in "Experts Speak Out".
I moved through the most urban parts of Cleveland pretty quickly, grateful for light traffic on a Saturday afternoon. In the greater Cleveland area, I stopped a several fire stations, Huron, Lorain, Sheffield Lake, Euclid, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Mentor, Painesville, Grand River and Perry. I also stopped at the police stations in Huron, Willoughby and Mentor, and I give DVDs to patrol officers in Braetenal, Painesville and Perry.
At all of these stops I was received with respectful consideration of the effort to ride across the country to raise awareness for AE911Truth – everyone said some version of “thank you, I’ll take a look at it.” One police chief listened as far as the nanothermite and said “Well, how did that get there?!” When I said, that’s the reason for the call for a proper investigation, he said, “That’s what I was just thinking.” One fire chief, welcomed me warmly and invited me in, and then when he started listening to the evidence he put on a really good poke face – I honestly could not discern anything from his facial expressions. He did offer me a fire department patch before I left the station. At another fire stations, one of the firefighters was very skeptical but interested and agreed to watch the DVD, and one firefighter was very interested and asked questions about who and motive that I just couldn’t answer – he said that he had wondered how the buildings could come down the way they did, that he was interested, he’d definitely watch the DVD.
At one police station the dispatcher sent me to deliver the DVD upstairs to the detective division – the receptionist there, when she’d heard that I’d ridden 3300 miles, in her surprise offered me water. I told her that I didn’t need water at the moment. The pattern continued when I went around the corner to the fire station, one of the firefighter had the same immediate response “Wow, do you need some water?” I assured him that I was well hydrated. As I was sitting outside talking with a news editor, a training officer came by, and a few minutes later came back with a bottle of water – he actually got a bottle of water into my hand (even though I was well hydrated).
I also stopped at the WELW radio station to deliver a DVD. I have an interview set up with that station for Oct 17. I dropped in on the Mentor Herald News and talked with the editor – the reporters were all busy, so I offered to send a press release and a photo. I also talked with the editor of the Mentor Patch online newsletter affiliated with AOL. Here's the article.
I arrived in the Cleveland area after a long ride in the rain on Friday. I’d hit a railroad crossing badly and tweaked my rear wheel on the ride into the city on Friday, so my brakes were working poorly for this urban ride. Riding out of the city on Monday am, the Bicycle Hub mechanic trued my wheel, replaced my rear tire (some of the tread had been ripped off by the railroad crossing), adjusted my brakes, and cleaned up my bike a bit - I appreciated having my bike in capable hands when it needed repairs!
Monday night, I camped at Geneva State Park, just outside of Geneva on the Lake. The temps dropped to 34 by morning. My cold weather gear is working okay. I was cold but not miserable. I was able to fall asleep and sleep through the night. In the morning I had a good breakfast at a café. The waitress and one of the customers was very interested in what I was doing – some of the many people I meet who say, “It didn’t look right the way the buildings came down like that.” The customer bought my breakfast.
On the road to Erie, PA, I stopped at Ashtabula. The fire station and police department are about 2.5 miles from my route. I didn’t make the 5 mile round trip. Instead I spent the time it would have taken me to ride to the fire station sittings in the sun outside the Mother of Sorrows church. I needed the rest and time to ponder on the theology related to this whole situation, 9/11.
Back on the road I encountered several fire stations, so I stopped and dropped off DVDs – Conneaut fire department and police station, and three Lake City stations. At the fire stations I received the usual polite thank-you. The dispatcher at the police station said she’d share it with the patrol officers. I also dropped a DVD off at a Lutheran church outside of Conneaut, just taped onto the door.
At a bar and grill outside of Erie, PA, the first people I talked with were awed with appreciation for my efforts – they gave hand signals indicating love. The waiter also expressed interest. I gave them DVDs – I trust they’ll talk with friends about what they learn from their DVDs.
In the morning I woke up to the sound of roaring waves on Lake Erie and wind in the trees. It sounded intimidating, but wasn’t so bad once I got out of the tent. I had the good fortune to be leaving my campsite just in time to meet the city building inspector out for a morning bike ride. He listened to what I was doing, took a DVD, and then guided me into town.
In town, I found the fire department and dropped off a DVD. The Erie Times-News is right across the street. I called the number I’d been given by the AE911Truth team for the newspaper and let them know that I was right across the street. A reporter and a photographer came to meet me at the door. After a brief interview with the news reporter, the photographer got some video of me on the road and coached me through making a 30-second statement for the camera in front of the fire station (this was a first for me giving a statement in front of a camera, so I was grateful for coaching).
Then the rain started. I made quick stops at the sheriff office and the police department. I left DVDs for the county sheriff and gave a DVD to a patrol officer doing security at the door. I gave a DVD to the dispatcher at the police station.
The ride in the rain was not a problem. It was wet, but I had a favorable wind. Key indicators of wind direction in addition to the American flags are autumn leaves dancing and skittering down the road and weeping willow branches waving my direction. The ride along the lake is beautiful and aside from an occasional steep dip into and out of creek crossings mostly level. Riding in the wind and the rain reminds me of sailboat racing, where maintaining an alert, active and capable attitude in wind and rain is the norm. The biggest problem for me with the rain is that people tend to treat me with wariness when I’m wearing rain gear.
Crossing the state line from Pennsylvania into New York, the rain intensified and the sun came out – perfect conditions for rainbows. Riding along, it was beautiful to see the end of a rainbow tracking along the tops of the red, gold and green trees. At little later there was a double rainbow and then the sunlight intensified so that the red, yellow and green of the trees and the rainbow was reflected in the puddles on the road. In the midst of all that brilliance, who cares about wet feet?
In Fredonia, I was hosted by some AE911Truth petition signers, a physics professor and a webmaster from the university. A few other people joined our gathering to learn about the bike ride and the cause. It was great to have a home cooked breakfast in the morning with seconds, the first since Dickenson, ND.