Week Four: The Kindness of Strangers
This week Carol and the cycling group learned the true meaning of Southern hospitality when they hit some snags and dangerous storms in Louisiana.
“The most touching experiences along this journey have been the kindness of new friends disguised as strangers,” says. When a member of the cycling group had a flat tire, motorists not only pulled over to help, but a mother and her child gave water bottles to all the riders.
“New friends disguised as strangers”
There were a few serious rainstorms during this part of the trip. One day it was too dangerous to ride, and the group was shuttled between destinations. Carol and her friends were continually offered shelter by businesses and welcomed into family homes along the way.
“During a bad storm we met this young family, the Garretts, who invited the all of us into their home,” says Carol. “We had hoped for shelter on their front porch, but instead they treated us to the warmth of a fireplace, cake, and great conversation.”
She adds, “The people in this area are some of the most genuine and kind that I have ever met.”
Carol’s ride continues next week as she makes her way through Texas.
Carol Zemola Garsee is inspiring others to embrace a healthier lifestyle as she bikes cross-country in the adventure of a lifetime. First inspired by her mother who was an avid cyclist, this 77-year-old continues to ride. What started as a necessity to get around Chicago, her love of biking blossomed into long-distance riding. This is Carol’s second cross-country trip. She has also ridden through several states, Italy, and Canada.