Friday, June 30, 2017

Why I'm doing this bike trip

Here is an excerpt from my bike diary at Crazy Guy on a bike, pics to come

When I left last year for my UK JOGLE I'd hesitantly written about the violence in my neighborhood. Not just Chicago, but in front of my house, the building where I live. I'd also written about how much the election and candidate Trump bothered me. Never once did I think it would get worse.
Now a little over 6 months later the stress is intense. At my blog I've talked about how Trump has triggered emotions that go way beyond politics. His policies hurt the poor, people I serve. The next few years will be ones that will deeply impact my neighborhood and the shelter.
At the shelter a few years ago we were able to house and help a mom and her daughter. We ran a story in our newsletter about Misty.
Checking into the motel this afternoon the proprietor asked me: Is it true what we hear about Chicago being so deadly? I almost started crying.
A few nights before leaving came heartbreaking news. Misty's 12 year old daughter Alexis was brutally murdered.
Misty had asked Singleton to leave and he got belligerent. Misty and Alexis fled the apartment but after waiting awhile Alexis went back in to check with a neighbor. She was 12 years old and a 5th grader. Today our church held a memorial attended by 200 school children.
So, yeah, this trip I'm thinking about a lot of things. Mostly why. I'm pedaling and my head and heart are often elsewhere. I answered the hotel clerk, yes, it's violent there.

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