Day 43: For the Angels among us

Before I take you into Mississippi, I want to tell you about a very nice lady I met last night at our motel in Bogalusa, LA, named Carmen.  I am dedicating my blog today to her.

photo 3 (8) After dinner last night, I was strolling around the motel and saw 2 ladies cleaning one of the rooms so I stopped to say hi, and Carmen (the supervisor of the room cleaning staff, working with her Grandaughter) wanted to know about our bike trip. I proceeded to tell her about the journey and I of course shared that I was biking for Alzheimer’s. They were finished with the room and I invited Carmen back to my room so I could give her one of my cards with my Blog information on it and to show her the picture of Mom on my bike bag.  She told me she has had 2 jobs in her life.  One is what she was doing, taking care of hotel rooms (by the way, I have never met anyone so dedicated to her job and committed to making the room spotless).  The other was as a CAREGIVER for ALZHEIMER’S patients–a job she said she loved.


I looked down at my bike bag to show Carmen the button of my mom and me I have been riding with for 6 weeks pinned to the front of my bag and it was GONE! It must have fallen off yesterday on one of the many bumpy roads we traveled.  I was shocked and I felt myself tear up to see Mom’s picture gone.  Only then, I realized Carmen, a wonderful, loving soul-carer for Alzheimer’s patients was sent to me to show me Mom is in my heart FOREVER,  button or NOT.  Bless you, Carmen, for the love you gave to so many people with Alzheimer’s.  You are a hero.

Today we crossed into Mississippi and the first thing I noticed was the ditches have no water in them. I was told that LA is below sea level and the higher elevation of Mississippi makes things somewhat dryer. The 2 lane roads were similar with many bumpy spots but a few less DOGS.

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Also Mississippi has rolling hills so the 61 mile ride was more challenging–or, as I say–humbling.  Cleaning my bike, Icing my knees and doing long overdue laundry were top on my to-do list. You can only hand wash stuff for so long and then it really needs to be cleaned the proper way!!!!
We are off to Pascagoula MS tomorrow, 68 miles our last stop in MS.

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Safe travels if Easter takes you on the roads. May your Easter Holiday be one of peace and reflection.

With appreciation and respect,


5 thoughts on “Day 43: For the Angels among us

  1. Rona — your story about Carmen really touched my heart. Sorry you lost the badge, but could it be that Carmen was sent as a replacement? Sounds like it to me. May the road be level, the weather dry and comfortable, and may you feel the love of all of us that are following your journey.

  2. Rona, So sorry to learn that you have lost your Button . Carman is right, the button was nice But the picture you have of your Mom in your heart and mind’s eye is much Brighter than that on the button. I hope the person who finds it will immediately reflect On the special love that they have in their Own heart for someone dear to them. Think In terms of not losing the button but paying Love forward !!!:) Kudos to Carman. I am not sure but I believe That the town you were in yesterday was a town in La that some of my friends and students from Jackman, Me helped rebuild a school after Katrina?!? We will celebrate Easter with out neighbors. Only a couple more weeks. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel . Safe travels And God Bless You , love, Jamie

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. What an inspirational message to all of us today! It is amazing where you can always find loving, caring people along the way. Carmen is certainly one of those people and am so glad you had the good fortune to meet her.

    Safe travel today. Stay focused and aware.

    With gratitude,
    Nancy S.

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