The weatherman said that the bad weather would start at about noon, so I got on my bike and pedaled fast-- hoping to get to Montgomery by noon (48 miles). Well I didn't make it more than 10 miles when I started to get a bit worried. I stopped riding, and a pick-up truck pulled over. Ray and Malenna picked me up and took me to Montgomery. Ray runs a school here in Montgomery and asked if I would speak to his kids-- of course I said yes! More on that school visit in the next post.
My visit yesterday to J.E. Terry Elementary School went fantastically well. Those kids were GREAT. I spent the afternoon with Ms. Chance's fourth graders at this small country school-- about 140 kids. They asked smart questions and gave me good advice about where I should go while I'm in their area. I hope to see many of them at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma this weekend!
So now I know... you're dying to know.... an Avon meeting?!?! Well, yes. On Tuesday night I pulled into the Living Waters Church five miles north of Selma and asked Pastor Wayne if I could spend the night in the church's backyard. He said yes, and after I set up my tent his wife Marleen came by. She invited me not only to take a much needed shower, but also to an Avon meeting she was going to that evening. I took her up on both, and had a wonderful time.
We went over to Mrs. Hatch's house and I listened to a presentation on the latest product line while having the tastiest ham and cheese sandwich I've ever had. Due to space considerations regarding my four panniers I did not get any Avon products that evening.
I also got to talk to Mrs. Hatch who has lived in Selma all of her life. She was working at a movie theater same day as Bloody Sunday in 1965, and told me all about what life was like for her at that time. Thanks everyone-- especially to the Hatch family and to Pastor Wayne and Maureen for such wonderful southern hospitality.