We left Florida’s intense heat and humidity up to Blairsville, Georgia. It was a relief to have a change of terrain and to sit in the mountains and forest. I love the beach, but after going every single day, and having a bus full of sand, we were ready for the change.
The downside to Blairsville, was saying goodbye to our bus crew member, Connor. He found a job in Oregon at a brewery, that was so perfect for him he couldn’t turn down. Connor was what we called our, “Comedic Relief”. He is THE funniest person to be around, always keeping things from getting too serious. He also had a huge heart, being the one to give everyone a big hug every morning. Each one of of the bus crew members brings a specific trait or evens flaws that makes them unique. We all balance each other out as a family. Saying goodbye was hard, and leaving Georgia with one less person felt weird. It showed me that this trip could end any moment for any of us. We are blessed with everyday we get to be on the bus, learning a new way of life, and a chance to focus on ourselves. This is our journey of a lifetime.
The night before we left Georgia, Allyson got a phone call that brought her to tears. Her best friend, Louis Torres, got hit by a car, and is in the ICU in critical condition. Louis is a friend of all of ours, and coming from such a small town, we all have crossed paths with him one way or another. He was going to school for film making, and after the trip he was gonna put together all of our footage and make a documentary. Allyson was heartbroken, to be so far from home in a time like this. As we left Georgia, we were stopped on the side of the road, all holding hands and saying a prayer for Louis, sending him our love. We continued driving, when we saw a couple puppies. We stopped the bus, and one little black dog stayed in the road, while the rest scattered. We picked up the dog and took it with us, it was wild and very skinny. Ally said that Louis loved dogs and that he, too, would have stopped and picked her up. In the name of Louis, we named her Louise. She is now on a journey with us, and we hope to give her the wonderful life that she never knew was even possible. When we got to Tennessee, Allyson took a flight home to be with her friend and to support his recovery. We miss her dearly, and I know she is bringing her Chakra Bus positivity and healing energy back home where it is needed. In a time of despair, our small town has come together to support a loved one. People across the country are sending Louis our love, hoping for him to awaken out of his coma. Take advantage of every day, because tomorrow is never promised.
In Alcoa, Tennessee Camden had some people to meet that he had never knew existed up until he left on this trip. You see, Camden is adopted. His parents told him that his birth mom had died after his birth. He lived his whole life thinking that, and then right before the trip, his parents revealed the truth. His Mom and 2 little brothers are in Tennessee and they want to see him more than anything. We arrived here and were all welcomed immediately. It’s so crazy, it proves to us how strong genes are because not only do these people look like Camden, they act exactly like him as well. It is a great healing situation for both Camden and his mother. I really like it here, Camden’s brothers are 20 and 17 years old. Their friends are always at the house and this is my first chance to get to hang out with people my age. I just turned 20 last week (June, 24th WOOHOO) and I realized that I have only been around older people, which is fun, but I forgot what normal 20 year olds do for fun, like go out late at night and go on crazy adventures. I have made some friends out here that I hope to keep a life time.
The present, is a present. A dog, that never saw past cold nights and eating out of trash, is now loved unconditionally by 7 people. A man with dreams and ambitions, is now fighting to live another day. A mother and her child now have a new connection, when they thought they lost each other forever. Life is a gift, we are here to love, and complete the tasks that were given to us.