When I first started talking about 9/11, I felt scared, like I was risking my belonging in my family and community to ask questions and speak honestly. Now, I am out here on my bicycle to open a window of opportunity for people to talk about 9/11, an opportunity to talk about 9/11 by talking about the bike tour. I hope people will take advantage of this opportunity. Once people have good information, a new sense of belonging is gained among people who talk about, question and are informed about what happened on 9/11. Ultimately, we are all on a journey together to know what happened on 9/11.
Following the bike route through this region feels a bit like a treasure hunt, becoming slightly lost and then finding the route again, finding people to talk to who can give directions to the fire station or a local firefighter, finding the patrol officer in the city hall, locating a café with wifi and a city park for the night.
In most towns, people seem to have not been questioning the official story about 9/11 at all. They are surprised and shocked and willing to learn more. In other towns, people have been talking about 9/11. In Bradford and Henry, it seemed to be completely new information for people. An exception to this: a man in a café in Henry was startled when I said that I was riding across the country to raise awareness for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. He exclaimed, “I’ve heard of them! I just watched a video online about that!” His startle response peaked curiosity of the other people in the café - I gave out some DVDs. One man who took a DVD is a retired metallurgist. I stopped at the fire station and talked with two rescue squad personnel who were briefly skeptical and then shocked by what they were hearing, and then uncomfortable – it is uncomfortable information. I gave them a DVD to share with the fire department.
In Wenona and Ashkum, people have been questioning 9/11, though AE911Truth was new to them. In Wenona, the patrol officer looked pleasantly surprised when I said that I was riding to raise awareness for AE911Truth – he was interested to watch the DVDs. A local firefighter was there too. I gave them three DVDs to share with the fire department and police personnel. I also gave a DVD to a woman who is studying criminal justice who welcomed me at the city park. And to a café owner whose husband has already been questioning 9/11 – she said he’d be very interested to watch the DVD. I also gave a DVD to three teens walking down the street who were commenting on my bike – as i told them about the reason for the bike ride they said, “Wow, a cool person comes to Wenona,” inspired by the bike ride and the activism. Before leaving town I left DVD’s on the doors of the Methodist, Lutheran and Catholic churches with notes informing them that I’d also given the information to the fire department and the police. Wenona has a comfortable city park with a shower available to cyclists.
Riding out of Wenona, down a narrow road with almost no traffic, I stopped for conversation with a couple walking their dog. Both are engineers. Neither had heard of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. When I said “asymmetrical damage, symmetrical collapse” they instantly gave nods of understanding and interest. I gave them Blueprint for Truth, the 2-hour research edition.
In Ashkum, people in the bars in the evening nodded in recognition - they’ve already been questioning 9/11. I left a DVD on the door of the fire station and gave a DVD to a local resident who said he’d give it to the fire chief in Clifton. In the morning I stopped at the Illinois State Police office in Ashkum and talked with a patrol officer. He’d never heard of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. I gave him a DVD, and mentioned that I’d also left a DVD at the fire station. The patrol officer works with the local fire chief. I also gave a DVD to two men from Chicago, on a weekend hunting trip – they bought my breakfast, a surprise for me.
Farmers here in central Illinois are harvesting corn and soybeans. In most areas the terrain is flat as far as the eye can see, miles of corn and soybeans. It’s possible to spot the water tower in the next town from about five miles in the distance – it becomes a game to spot the next town. The riding conditions are excellent, cool temperatures, good road surfaces, low traffic.
I like the sweet dusty smell of the harvest, corn and soybeans.