Being on the road is lonely. For whatever reason, the past few days have been especially difficult for me, so I’ve decided to share one of my coping mechanisms.

The jar of notes.

It didn’t take long for my girlfriend Lauren to devise this thoughtful solution to help with the loneliness.

Contained in the jar are notes from her, as well as my family members and friends in South Florida, to last until the end of the tour. Each day, when I need a little pick me up, I reach into the jar and grab one note at random.

The notes range from my best friend Anthony’s intentional misuse and misspelling of words to irk me (I’m the grammar nazi of the group), heartfelt memories and words of encouragement from my parents, and random drawings, inside jokes, sweet thoughts, and tidbits of information from everyone else.

When I set out on this journey, one of the most important things I was hoping to come away with was broader perspective and further appreciation for the things, and people, in my life. I am a lucky guy, and time away from home has made me realize just how fortunate I am to be loved by so many great people.

M patrons included. More than 95 people patronize the tour and their support of — in some cases, a total stranger — is remarkable in and of itself. I am truly humbled by the patronage I receive from each and every one of them.

So, while I’m lonely most days, I am not alone. I’ve got some wonderful people, yourself included, following my journey and helping me along the way.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Steve