First an AZ vid recap, from Tom Costanza of Freedom’s Phoenix
(and a side note, the section of I-40 where the continental divide was had two ten mile construction zones where pedaling through would have been suicidal. As disappointed as I am not getting a Continental Divide pic, I am grateful for the RV assistance past these major obstacles)
I’m sure most of you have seen the vids, and reports, from Vegas.
I will not go into the whole thing, just post pics. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones.
Here is Drew (left) who I first met in Tuscon on the RP ride, and to the right is Tim, who was the PA coordinator for the ride and was kind enough to share his room with me…
We made a classic group picture for Jeff G and all signed it
We went to the CATO party for a bit. Here is Ben (rt) and 4409 (lft)
Spent some time at the booth, here is Andrew Ward who I first met during the Lawson Campaign
My favorite pic, by far, is this
I consider Tom Woods to be a treasure of the r3VOLution. He truly is a grassroot. Even with all his intelligence, degrees, and accomplishments, I cannot detect a single “elitist” bone in his body. He has power, and as we all know, power so easily corrupts, yet this man remains as fun loving and down to earth as a child. An easy smile, a hearty laugh, a firm handshake, all things I like in a man. While there are a few in our movement who I think have let celebrity, and power, get to their heads. Dr. Woods 😉 is not one of them. Long Live Tom Woods!
Speaking of celebrity, people keep calling me one and it is really strange. I’ve resisted the thought. Perhaps I just am cynical, after watching those in our movement who get that “elitist” attitude and don’t want to be associated with such. Or, perhaps I fear the temptation of power that celebrity brings, and I will fall into the same trap. Regardless, I pedaled my way into this position, am here now, and do appreciate you all very much. So I figure I’ll just keep using Tom Woods as a role model, in hopes of remaining as down to earth, and in tune with the true grassroots, as I can be. (and if any of you every notice me being “elitist” please don’t hesitate to let me know – damn, even writing that seems weird…)
Finally here are some videos, from Liberty Rider #3’s channel, for any that are not aware of what Freedom Fest was about.