Hello friends and family!
It's been quite a day! From the time I got up this morning at 4:30 to now almost ten o’clock here in the AZ. I’ve had seven months to prepare and I still found myself fighting the clock all week long! Today I went to the Bank, Post office, landfill, lunch with Johnny, visit Mildred to say bye, take my personals to storage, cancel gym, rent carpet cleaner, take Kalani to my sisters, clean house, wash clothes, pack my clothes, dinner with family, post blog……Im beat! I need a day off already!
In six hours I will get up and hit the road! But before I do I have a list of special people I want to thank, for I am eternally grateful for all their love and support of my idea and my dream journey. Just so you know, I created a new page on this site, just for the fifty gigs. So I thank to all these good folks, forgive me if I left anyone out. In no particular order;
Alonso Torres my cousin who has used his skills and connections to get me some media pub in the Latin television world he works in. Also for loaning me his GOPRO3 camera. Te avientas mi primo!
His sister Araceli for your tips and ideas with the social networks entities. Most of us baby boomers need a lot of technical help!
My friend and fellow tradesman Charlie from Ace Remodeling for subbing me on his projects to boost my traveling budget.
My little Brother David the ‘Snake man’ Bayardo for working alongside me the last five months. And for letting me use his digital camera. All the wonderful pics I will shoot will be possible thanks to him. Keep up with your culinary career! Someday you might be as good a cook as I am! ha-ha! Pue he.
My regular, long time clients, Susan K, Josh P, Harry, Greg H, the Yonkers, Andy T, Paula S, Barbara l, Tucson Golf Villas, Joel, Neil and Luke at Anasazi Stone and others.
KGUN and KVOA television, Tony P at Tucson Public Media radio, The Letty Show on Azteca for all the exposure and enthusiasm for my journey, and especially Lilliana at La Estrella newspaper for being the first to respond to my countless emails I sent everyone over the last two months.
My youngest son Jonathan who made time to help a dummy like me set up this very website and took the time after a long days at work to help me with all the preparations around here for the tour. Without his help I could never figure out how to navigate my way with all this technology.
To my good friend Krista Wells who is just a dream customer for contractors like me. From the first time I told you about my hair brain idea while I was pruning your tree, you always encouraged my idea and now its hours away from becoming a reality.
To my longtime friend and mentor Mildred Horn, who always supported and believed in all of my dreams, weather it was a book idea, a move to Hawaii, or a crazy trip like this one. Through the thick and thin, you have been there for me. You’re the best!
A very special thanks to Kim and Don from Oro valley who also bought into my madness wholeheartly from day one, and have been the main reason why I am hours from launching this tour. Thanks Kim! There are not many people like you who walk this planet.
To my big sister Angie. The spiritual soul of our family. You have your own battles in life, yet you always make time for everybody else, even at your own personal sacrifice. You have always been my biggest supporter, guardian, and the rock I can always count on to anchor my weary soul. My love for you is unending sister. Don’t forget to message Savannah!
Last but not least, I thank God Almighty for blessing me with all these skills, health and freewill to pursue my dreams.
I have to go to bed now, for tomorrow the adventure begins! Good night and thank you too, my readers for your support and enthusiasm as well!