SAFE & SOUND

Woke up due to thunder & heavy rains here in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2 1/2 inches of rain predicted overnight. I’m glad I am keeping closing eye on weather at all times via multiple sources. It was a good decision earlier in the afternoon to make tonight a cheap hotel night (micro room in a solid building) instead of staying in campground. Tomorrow afternoon the storms will have passed, the sun will peak out and it will be good riding. Erring on the side of caution and planning ahead for inexpensive hotel rooms whenever storms are predicted. This also allows me to ride next day without having to dry everything out. 🙂

♦️ Always playing it safe and not taking any chances when it comes to taking shelter indoors in solid structures whenever there’s a chance of bad weather. If there’s any question, I just take shelter. Safety first.

Storms will have passed by late Saturday morning & the afternoon looks good for riding with the sun peaking back out 🌅.

And Sunday & Monday looking good.

I’m pleased to report that, after completing 1,300 miles of this 3,600 mile journey 🚴🏼‍♂️ and arriving in Birmingham, Alabama, the goal of raising $15,000 for Bell Socialization has been surpassed. This is thanks to the generosity of so many.

◾️ As I now ride west from Birmingham, Alabama to Los Angeles, CA, I hope that we can far exceed that $15,000 goal. https://gofund.me/5b660142 . All donations go directly from GoFundMe to Bell Socialization & are tax deductible.

Thanks so much to all of you who already donated. Bell runs the family homeless shelter in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania. I have a special place in my heart for Bell Socialization because I worked at their family homeless shelter in my 20’s and was so impressed with the incredible work they do in our community.

Unfortunately the needs of the community far surpass the funding. In the winter time each year, Bell is forced to turn away 50 – 100 families PER MONTH due to lack of space. 700 families per year are turned away. Some families with children end up sleeping in their cars.

◾️ Bell offers housing and basic living support through mental health, intellectual disability and shelter service departments towards its vision of a community where people are valued and respected and live with dignity.

Here’s a short local Fox 43 TV news video clip that gives a good overview of this coast to coast bicycle ride fundraiser and the charity for which I’m riding: https://www.fox43.com/mobile/article/news/local/york-county-man-biking-across-the-country-to-raise-money-for-bell-socialization/521-0da649dc-48bb-4053-a4c2-7dde9b59e747?fbclid=IwAR2XGpbTP1JN_RCTKU3wJLQ2VorxOqTvSRc3x8EIwn98XCMLIuTqHD9Q6CQ

Website for this COASTtoCOASTbicycleride: http://www.thisclearbluesky.com

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Bill Swartz

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual jail cell bars in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the cell in which he wrote his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”. Such an amazing experience to see this cell and tour the civil rights museum. (That’s my friend Montez Parker II’s hand in the photo. He traveled south for the weekend to tour Birmingham with me). Here’s a link to the “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html