Day One Hundred and Four

1344 miles | Valley Grove, WV | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

It’s been more than 100 days on the road now! Along the way, I’ve met many people who also know that we need to change, but this note I just received from a citizen in West Virginia is really worth sharing…

“Good evening, Bob!

“Unfortunately, I only just read your story on our local news site, but it occurs to me that you most likely walked right past my house on National Road in Valley Grove, WV today. Had I known, I would have made sure to be here to offer you lunch and walk a little bit with you to learn more about your journey and let you know how much I appreciate what you’re doing.

“Too many people only consider how their actions affect their own lives and ignore what messes future generations will have to clean up. It’s heartbreaking to live in a state that is consistently one of the top three most obese, yet individuals and our greater society tend not to make decisions that would go towards solving them.

“It’s frustrating to live in the Mountain State—a place where you think people would love and respect the very mountains we’re nicknamed after—where coal companies chop off the tops of them, destroying an ecosystem of over a million species (second most diverse in the world!) in order to harvest a finite fuel source. This state is far too concerned with a dying industry that’s hurting our physical and economic health, and not trying hard enough to look to the future.

“I don’t mean to get too negative (I really do love this state and I hope you did too!)—I just wanted to let you know that your short time in West Virginia didn’t go unnoticed! We here in Wheeling are a little removed from the rest of the state, but someday I suggest you travel to the coalfields of Southern WV to witness what I’m talking about and spread your important message.

“Best of luck on the rest of your journey! It’s always been a wild dream of mine to do something similar... one day I hope to have the grit and guts you have!

”Mary Lu in WV”

Bob McCormick