We had a great first break with about 50 young school children who gathered to hear our rider Warren Hoselton aka Professor Elwood Pricklethorn. He does this amazing routine of teaching kids about the benefits of trees and helping to start them advocating for trees. He humor is perfect for the kids as well as the adults. Warren is a park supervisor in Toronto, an island, and a big deal there. He could easily be a stand up comedian. Just a great job.
Lunch today followed a tough segment of 1500' of climbing, biggest of the day. We ate at a market in Chapel Hill, NC. Great to sit outside and hang with the riders near downtown Chapel Hill.
Our last stop was a tree dedication for Susie. Susie was a pedestrian safety advocate and in tragic irony was killed crossing a street in a walkway with flashing warning lights. Her mother, in order to stay alive herself, began planting trees in her honor around the country. We planted a tree for Susie today and in honor of an urban forester in Fort Lauderdale who recently passed away. Trees have a way of soothing people while also providing a legacy for the future. Hope and love.
Dinner tonight was at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State. A world class place, but too bad it was nightfall by the time we got there.
(R to L) Ethan Crockett of Bartlett, Paul Wood our tour director and Jeremy Baker who I used to work with at The Care of Trees
(R to L) Frazer Pehmoeller and Jack Kelly of Bartlett
Thanks the Lorax. He looks sad.
Lunch in Chapel Hill, NC
Professor Elwood Prickelthorn
Pricklethorn doing his thing!
Susie's mom with photos of Susie and a map where all her trees are planted
Joanna our support team leader along with Thom who is also an amazing support person