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VIDEO | Kindness of strangers strikes again in Tennessee

August 2021 –  Tiptonville, TN – Just when you think things aren’t working out… something like this happens.

Long story short: Late start out of Ripley, TN, crummy roads with narrow shoulder and rumble strip, missed a turn… again adding about 20 miles to my route, bad traffic, road construction… and by 4 p.m. I knew I wasn’t going to make Kentucky.

So I drop off the highway to a side road, waved at a guy, he waved back and I keep going.

Then after 10 feet, I turn around to go back to talk to the guy to see if he can help me wrap my head around my options.

Options: No. 1 is a place to stay and No. 2 is food/grocery.

John is an Air Force veteran and is currently in Tennessee visiting his son, JD.

JD calls his wife Elizabeth; he jokingly says she is the “Mayor” of the street.

Elizabeth watches houses while their owners are away for the summer and that just about tells you what happened next.

Fully furnished, WiFi, hot shower, cable, bed, and coffee in the morning.

Then JD and John came and took me out for supper and took me to the store for some groceries so I could take off in the morning.


I’m currently sitting on the back screened-in porch listening to the crickets sing and writing postcards.

The kindness of strangers strikes again.

Have I not commanded you? …  Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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