Let me get the easy stuff out of the way.

I’m still staying at my brothers in-laws. I am baffled by the kindness these folks have shown to me, essentially a stranger. I am trying to stay out from under foot as much as possible and so I leave early and get back late. Sitting here in their living room right now is the most time I’ve spent with all of them.

When I left this morning I went down to Issaquah and had breakfast at the 12th Avenue Cafe. 20 years ago I worked right around the corner from this restaurant and it was brand new. I’m glad to see it has hung on for so long.

Once I ate, I plugged Mt. Rainier National Park into my GPS and took off to follow back roads.

It was an overcast and chilly day (go figure…Seattle) but I was hoping it would clear up by the time I got there. Nope. I never once saw the mountain while I was there. It was also in the 40’s and got a bit chilly. Oh well. I’ve seen it a thousand times before. I rode awhile and then finally decided I wasn’t going to see anything and so I turned around.

I meandered my way back to a Harley dealer near Seattle to pick up a chip. On the way, the pain I’ve been having in my back became excruciating and I figured screw it. So I stopped and got a massage. It helped. But now I’m sore. I can’t win.

Now for the best part.

One of my good friends, who is absolutely about to pop (she’s due with twins next Friday) set up a dinner for old friends and new friends to come say hi.

Right as I arrived, Dan came over to introduce himself. He’s been following this blog from the beginning and has been kind enough to offer some thoughts when they are needed.

Soon after, my friend arrived and my heart missed a beat. We were such good friends for so long and she was such an important person in my life. I didn’t realize how much I missed her until this moment.

We all grabbed a table and had just sat down when Marcia arrived. She had driven for more than two hours just to meet me on behalf of her CVMA club. So big shout out to the 11-5.

We had a good long conversation over drinks and appetizers. Well, my appetizer was nachos and that’s always enough to feed 5 people.

I opened up a bit more to them than I have here on my blog but I felt comfortable with them.

Some big questions were asked that really made me think and I appreciated the candor.

I’m sorry I don’t write some of those things here but they are still immensely personal. They still hurt.

It was a wonderful evening spent with really good people. As always, the anxiety I feel leading up to any social gathering was unwarranted. I had a great time and wish the evening could have lasted forever. Regardless I met two wonderful people and rekindled a friendship that means the world to me.

No, she did not drink that beer. She’s just holding it to give all of you a heart attack. Relax.

I’m glad my story is resonating with so many people. Enough so that they drive hours just to say hi and to shake my hand. There are good people all over. I need to be more open and willing to meet them. And to listen to their story.

Tonight I feel loved.

7 thoughts on “Humbled”

  1. Glad you got to meet old friends and some new ones. Hope that i have a chance to meet you. If you get a chance to get to Bremerton maybe we can. If you had a good publisher your journal would a really super book. Ride safe
    CVMA 11-1

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  2. Hello Jake, glad you are doing well and making new friends. I like what you said about not realizing how much you had missed someone until you saw them. It’s time I reach out to some old friends.


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  3. Meeting you was a rare privilege and I hope it won’t be the last time. I’m in awe at the energy and sheer force of will you apply to heal yourself. Given the amount of hard work you’re doing I only worry about you in the day-to-day sense, not in the long term.

    Having the chance to pick your brains a bit about the route across the northern US was really helpful and I appreciate your willingness to share what you’ve learned. HUGE thanks to Amber for setting this up and to Marcia for making the trip from the far north end to bring greetings from the 11-5. I enjoyed their company immensely and when I went to bed I felt like I had spent three fantastic hours.

    I can testify that Amber didn’t drink that beer. It was mine and anyone who knows me knows I leave only the fumes in a beer bottle when I walk away.

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  4. It was an honor to meet you Jake, as well as Dan and Amber. I double up on what Dan said about leaving, knowing I had just spent a few hours with amazing people and made new friends. Thank you for sharing and your insight. God Speed!

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