October 3, 2011
From Chris Keefe, Non-GMO Project Outreach Coordinator
Hi everyone! Quick update. Miss you all.
Day 1 – Manhattan – exciting day, hundreds of people at the event in Prospect Park, covered 16 miles, dropped by the UN, and had a lot of great conversations on the streets of the city. A little rain here and there, and a my cell phone broke, but the rest of the day was a breeze.
Day 2 – Newark!
Woke up and the wind and cold rain were gone. A wonderfully cool day, with bright sun and very comfortable temps. Logistical hangups in and amongst some of the roughest terrain we’ll see anywhere along the route (construction, broken glass, rusty metal, overgrown walks, short sections on the sides of highway…you name it, we saw it).
The people of Newark were lovely. A few cursed us out, but the great majority were kind, generous of spirit, and interested in the work we are doing. They expressed gratitude in a hundred ways, and not a few joked about joining in – from grandmothers in their Sunday best, to spanish-speaking men working Sundays in the auto shop, and trying like heck to put together my unpracticed attempts to speak in their tongue.
Long story short, we made it to the site shortly after dark, showered in the new Sexy Plexi foam-blasting shower-thingy David Bronner was nice enough to bring along (which, quite frankly, was one of the best showers I’ve taken in my life), ate an amazing dinner prepared by Everybody’s Kitchen (who deserves some love on our social media. I’ll try to send a photo or two tomorrow. They’re taking great care of us), and broke out into a series of meetings large and small to plan the upcoming day.
Phone’s still broken, so I’m doing everything I can with phone you lent, Megan. Organizing is still underway with retailers along the route, and I’ll continue speaking with people tomorrow during my “office hours” in the van. Monday brings excitement, but also lots of email!
My best to you all. Wish me luck with my blisters – twenty-two miles on concrete, and they’re each about the size of Jersey itself.