by Austin

January 19, 2011

January 17th, 2011

Total Distance for today: 37 miles
Total Distance for Tour: approx. 637 miles
LOCATION: High Point, NC
STATUS: Couchsurfing, in route to Atlanta, GA
January 16th, 2011

Generous People

Monday’s skate was great for a couple of reasons. First, I can tell that I am beginning to get my legs back after the holiday break, and I felt strong most of the way through. Second, I was very inspired and encouraged by some new friends I met along the way who donated to help the cause. James and his boss, who’s name escapes me at the moment, work at a barbershop in a gas station complex just east of Greensboro, NC. I had stopped there to eat a small snack, and a few people came up to take pictures, hear about the journey, and donate to the cause. Awesome. James, Barb, and anyone else I ran into, thanks so much, and it was pleasure meeting you.


When I arrived at my next destination, my host, Thomas, invited me right in and offered me something to drink. After I had a chance to enjoy a nice warm shower (heavenly after a long skate, BTW), I sat down to play some OLD school Atari with my new hosts. It was hilarious, and I must say that I liked the… “Spider Shooting” game more than the Star Wars game. 😉

These guys are a lot of fun. It’s pretty hilarious actually: The door to their home is pretty much revolving, as people seem to be constantly coming and going. I fit right in!

After having my ass handed to me in no uncertain terms by Thomas on the Atari, we headed up to a coffee shop in nearby Jamestown. Here’s the funny part: After hopping back into the minivan to head back to their flat, I realized that I had skated right through this part of Jamestown earlier in the day. Talk about backtracking (it was quicker in the minivan…). I honestly didn’t even recognize most of it, though. You would think that moving slower, as I do on skates, I would recognize more, but the truth is that you pass so much scenery that it all starts to fade together. It might even do so more than when you are driving. I find myself wondering what specific imagery will come to my mind when looking back on the skate in the future.


About the author 


From a 3412 mile inline skate across America for Freedom to a pilgrimage halfway around the world, speaker and life coach, Austin Szelkowski has lived an intrepid spiritual journey. Over the last 11 years, he has skated across a continent, built 3 successful businesses, been enlightened by a mind-bending spiritual awakening, and endured a terrifying dark night of the soul journey in 2017. His story brings courage in the darkest places – providing a sense of spiritual adventure and hope.

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