As we ran into Bolivar, MO, we had a wonderful greeting by the town and the Beams of Light, an organization who supports our service members in Afghanistan and Iraq through letters, care packages, and donations. Once the team arrived into town, they treated us to the localpizza parlor, Breadeaux. One of their members, Evelyn, joined us for the first mile the next day to send us on our way.
After the run, we settled into our hotel, relaxed, and met up with John Holland and his family who were staying at the same hotel. John’s brother, Daniel, was killed May 18, 2006, and we all would run for his mile 2453 and memory the next day. One of the hotel workers, Rhonda, bought us all dinner, and we shared stories as we ate.