Yesterday I woke in Seattle.
Had lunch in Portland.
And slept in San Francisco.

Today I watched myself on CNN from a hotel lobby in San Francisco.
Attended a Memorial Service in San Diego.
And am now updating my blog from SF airport as I await a pickup from the hugmobile.
Tomorrow, I’ll attend SF Decom and the Hug Tour will continue.

I didn’t check any luggage…but I still feel like something was lost.
Or perhaps it was just some shifting in the overhead compartment.

The depth of love and loss and motion and travel over the last few days has been dizzying.

Of course, that light-headedness could be from my own smell.

Or my diet.

I’ve been surviving on baked goods and coffee.

Highway living certainly doesn’t encourage water drinking.
I’m drinking about 1/8 the amount of water I drink at home.

And I pee 1/8 as often, too. Of course, when I do, it is the color of egg yolk and smells like Starbucks.

And my “no more meat” declaration hasn’t helped things. I’ve realized I don’t have much of a backup eating plan. So except for cookies, cheese, and bean burritos, I’ve had trouble finding food on the road.

I’m not sure if this is a very healthy lifestyle. At least I’m not exercising or bathing! It’s no wonder “Trucker Physique” is rarely used as a compliment.

But through all the smells and stomach cramps…I still feel like the tour is right.

The sadness of my friend’s death is hard to fathom, but I’m glad there was a day break in the tour so I could fly to SD and not cancel any tour dates.

Another less-than-pleasant lesson from Huggy: We must persevere. We must keep on.
Even in the wake of sadness, we must embrace hope and find our smiles.

I plan on saying something in Jake’s honor at Monday’s hug. Hopefully I’ll eat a salad, too.

  • Contessa

    Oh goodness, I was JUST talking about this same topic with some of my friends. Life moves fast…. it came up because three of our friends just got expelled. 🙁
    I send you large amounts of love!
    Have fun with the rest of your tour!

  • Trula

    Oh wow, that is fast paced. but remember, you have the same 24 hours a day as everyone else, you’re just choosing to do more and travel more in that time than most people. Things will calm down. Enjoy your tour! You are spreading a message of hope and love.

    I’m so sorry about your friend’s passing. I know that must be hard.

    On the food, I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time…try to hit a grocery store and get bags of apples and carrots and oranges. All three travel well and are great snacks. They perk you right up and have no fat.

    I’m sending you love and a virtual hug from Ohio!

  • Kelly Fay

    I’m sending out a request to all those who will be attending the SF Hug today (Monday). John and Scott sure do deserve a nice home cooked veggie meal. A nice warm yummy hug for the tummy! I’m in Colorado or I’d do it myself, but I know one of you lovely people will step up to the plate. Love to all from Colorado!

  • amy xtine

    hot tip: find a thai place and fall in love with pad thai vegetable- xtra spicy. noodles and veggies can work wonders.
    also: the road has many panera breads these days, try the mushroom panini.


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