by Austin

December 8, 2010

December 7th, 2010

Total Distance for today: 0 miles
Total Distance for Tour: approx. 553 miles
STATUS: Enjoying the Freedom Mobile’s heat again!

A Hot and Cold Day

Dillon and I bit the bullet today and went to get the furnace repaired in the Freedom Mobile (AKA motor home – AKA “Millennium Falcon”). The service center at Hawley’s RV near southern Raleigh was able to repair it surprisingly quickly, but it was a bit expensive: $514. Turns out that we had to replace the main circuit board and burner.

A few months earlier, I would have been pretty freaked-out by an unexpected $500 expense, but I think I’ve grown a bit. It’s not because I’m rolling in cash here or anything; rather, it’s because I’ve faced down a lot of seemingly impossible obstacles from the preparation phase to the actual skate. I’m starting to become much more comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity. In some twisted way, I was almost thankful for the $500 expense, because it showed me how far I’ve come.

Let my journey be an example to you: The more your learn to see past your problems and calmly keep your eyes focused on the goal, the more you will find the ability to walk right through obstacles.

A Little Bit of Nastiness…

Today was also the day I decided to do some long-needed “plumbing” repair work on the Freedom Mobile… Let’s just leave it like this: It was bitter cold, it was disgusting, I never want to do it again, but it’s done. 🙂 On to brighter days!


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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