As of late this afternoon, February 25th, John and Tyler have biked  697  miles, with their longest ride being from Deming to Las Cruces – 70 miles!  John and Kipp have walked  145 miles.

We all realized that, somehow, with everything going on, we didn’t get a chance to tell you about our time in Phoenix, early in February, when we were between commitments in San Diego and Tucson.  We came home to get ourselves re-organized and to be part of a wonderful event at Pardes Jewish Day School.  We also had the chance to be with family and friends, which we enjoyed immensely!  You will see at the end of this post some photos from our event at Pardes.

While we were home, Channel 3 was kind enough to broadcast on Good Morning Arizona a segment about Citizenship Counts and our Journey.  We were very excited to have Tess Rafols and her crew do the story and found them to be both patient and professional in their coverage.  


Channel 3 at our house to film a segment for Good Morning Arizona!

Life in a 28 foot RV is very different from life in our homes.  I’ll write about this in more detail soon, but, suffice it to say, that we learned a lot during the first ten days of our Journey.  We needed to do some rethinking so that, for example, we could find things when we needed or wanted them!

We also needed a few repairs on our RV’s, which meant being in touch with Joe Morales at Cruise America, who has been extremely helpful from the first time he worked with us to make decisions about the RV’s we would rent.  He has helped us to know much about life in an RV, and we are extremely grateful to Joe and Cruise America for working so closely with us.  

Here's Joe Morales with John when we took our RV for some minor repairs.

While we were at home, many of our family and friends came to see the RV so that they would be able to picture where we are living for so many months.  

In front of our RV with some of our family and with Gerda and some of hers!

We were greeted by the flag at Pardes Jewish Day School.


Kipp sat proudly next to the Citizenship Counts banner while Gerda spoke to more than 100 students.

Gerda telling her story to the students

Talking with the students about Citizenship Counts and our Journey

A Pardes student proudly answering a question about being a good citizen

Gerda and our Citizenship Counts staff enjoying the opportunity of being with the students




1 Comment for this entry

  • Tamara Hogsett
    February 29th, 2012

    What wonderful people you are meeting! You are making a difference in the lives of so many people!

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