Shabbat Shalom from Gulfport Mississippi. I still remember the song in grade school we learned to spell this state, but aside from driving through, I have never really been here. Cycling along the beach was scenic and relaxing, especially since I was in clean clothes. My wife is probably reading this sentence with amazement but that is right; I still know how to do laundry, despite having an amazing wife who normally washes the family's clothes. I guess there are some things we never forget. But what did slip my mind was the Mississippi Flag having a Confederate Flag in the design. I realize we are in the South, but how we remember history is important.
There are a lot of subtle nuances I am encountering while cycling along the Gulf Coast, and in the Deep South. Yet what seems to bind us all together is love for the United States of America, and respect for the veterans who fought (and continue to fight) so that we all might be free. I love this reality. Today we are heading into New Orleans, which is another city I have not visited, so I am excited. The weather is a comfortable low 70’s, the wind is at our backs, and last night I had the chance to reconnect with a friend I lost contact with, but he just so happened to now live in Gulfport. It was good to catch up, then attend the sponsor dinner where local ministers provided live music.
God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good. Prayerfully you will enjoy my Day Five Video, and after that, time to wrap up this ride.