Being so far behind in my online entries has been extremely unfortunate. Today is actually day 151 of my trip and I am writing about 15 days ago. I have lost many of the details of the day so these entries may be shorter than most but I have to catch up somehow.
Leaving Mikes was another friendship made and I am excited now because I am getting closer to home and these quickly made friends can become friends I see again more frequently because the distance is not so far.
I left Mikes with no place to stay yet. I was contacting churches, on short notice, in hopes of finding a place to stay. I was able to get a hold of one parish but unfortunately the resident priest had a busy schedule and was unable to host me for the evening. Once again I am in a position of not knowing where I am going to sleep. I have always understood this feeling from the beginning of the trip. I think starting out in places like the high desert was a good thing, making me more comfortable with jumping off the side of the road and setting up a tent for the night. If it comes down to that, than that is what I would do. Although I still had one option left, couch surfing. I stopped walking for a bit and in the light drizzle of rain I opened up my computer under the limited cover of Buddy and went on couchsurfing.org in hopes of finding a host for the night. I just so happened to find a man by the name of James-Henry, a college professor at William-Hobart and Smith University. He was a professor of Japanese culture. I sent him a request and closed my computer and continued walking just hoping for the best. Wouldn’t you know it, five minutes later I received a call from James saying he would be able to host me. Once again Couch surfing has come to the rescue and found me a place to stay with someone who seemed very interesting. He was unable to meet me when I would be arriving in Geneva so he told me there was a public library I could go to, which would be perfect to kill some time. I thanked James immensely and God for finding me a place to stay, this trip seizes to amaze me!
I arrived in the historical and beautiful college town and stopped at my favorite shop, Subway and had myself a hearty lunch. I made my way to the library and I was excited to be able to hang out in a place with free internet that was not a McDonald’s. I am able to get internet anywhere with my net book but I use my own MB when I do so whenever the opportunity arises for Free Wi-Fi, I take advantage. I was able to upload pictures and relax for a few hours in a comfortable setting. It was getting close to the time James and I had setup to meet outside the library so I went outside and made a call to a friend who was going to be picking me up in Syracuse in a couple days! I was wicked excited about this and it was great to be making plans with an old friend.
James arrived and wanted to take me out to diner so we could get a chance to know each other. He took me to a Chinese Buffet that was wicked good and the perfect situation for a picky eater like myself! I stuffed up on chicken fingers, spare ribs, and rice. It was a good meal with great conversation. After eating we made our way back to his household where he was going to explain Japanese Tea Ceremony, something I know nothing about. James has started a beautiful collection of Tea Ceremony ceramics and he was able to describe the process not only of Tea Ceremony but the details of the fired pieces he was showing me. I was truly impressed by the knowledge and passion he had for this. James told me of the 6 years he spent living in Japan and how the culture is phenomenal and how teaching English was a difficult but worthwhile challenge. After awhile of talking with James and getting to see his passions he had to get to prior engagements and me being tired I was ready for bed. It was a wonderful day and another example of the kindness of people, especially on couch surfing. James said he wanted to take me out to breakfast in the morning if I would have time. Absolutely! Goodnight
Day 134 (Miles 2835 - 2852) Canandaigua to Geneva