So I am still in San Diego – living in at friendly Lucky D’s hostel, working at Roy’s San Diego, picking up extra shifts at Roy’s La Jolla and trying to complete the Bike Free mission. I’m thankful that I am in this beautiful city, near the Pacific Ocean, and working with the good people at Roy’s.
Chef John Sloan of Roy’s San Diego invited me to his home for Thanksgiving and, while I missed being with my family and having my mom’s incredible Stuffing with Hot Georgia Sausage, it was great being in such good company and eating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
During our journey across the country, Adam and I met the most amazing, good-hearted people and we were able to make contacts with the USO and Rotary Clubs. We promised to distribute bikes to military kids in several cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, and San Diego. These commitments will be honored. I am also working to set up bike distribution in a few more places, such as Fort Wayne, Sioux City, and the Cleveland/Akron area.
Holding true to one’s word is important to me. This week, I am starting to pay back Princeton Sports the $1800 I owe for Hot Becky (the Cannondale bike that Alan Davis shipped out to me in Portland after Buttercup was stolen) – this comes out of my pocket, not Bike Free. My plan was to first finish up Bike Free and get back to Baltimore. However, I feel that Princeton Sports is anxious that I start paying this debt right away and Roy’s Baltimore does not have a job for me. So I’ll probably be here in San Diego through the winter or until I have a job set up in Baltimore and enough money to travel back to my east coast home.
We’re still accepting donations to Bike Free – any donations that come in will be used to give bikes to military kids. Also, please spread the word to friends and business associates about the great Bike Free Auction – Dinner for 6 with Roy Yamaguchi at the Roy’s Restaurant of your choosing!