Today we awoke with One Direction’s “One Thing” stuck in our heads, humming and singing the lyrics throughout the day. While the song is catchy for the first few hundred plays, it has grown into a pest that won’t leave our minds, and as we made our way out to where we left off yesterday, we couldn’t get the song out of our heads. We began today’s dribble on the outskirts of Goldsboro and worked our way towards Kinston, heading through La Grange in the process. One of the best things about being in eastern North Carolina is the fact that, as Papa put it; “It’s all downhill from here.” We’ve been blessed with flat ground to dribble on, and plenty of open spaces, so soccer golf has become a common pastime for the three of us.
The major issue we faced today was the forecast, as the temperature was hovering around the lower 90’s this morning. By noon we were all exhausted from the heat and ready to take a break from dribbling, and we sought shelter at Murray’s Restaurant in La Grange where we ate a delicious lunch and were surprised to read an article written by Andrew Kenney about Kicking Across Carolina, which can be found here. We’d like to thank the News & Observer for taking the time to speak with us and write a story on our cause, helping us in our continued quest to reach out to as many people as possible. Along the same lines, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Eurosport sent out our press release to hundreds of news outlets, many of which posted a message about our cause and what people can do to help. This article was posted on Yahoo News’ Finance section, a web-page that is viewed by millions of people every day!
After lunch, we continued our journey towards Kinston, stopping to record an interview with the local news station WITN just as the rain started to come down. The weather forecast mentioned that tropical storm Alberto might be making its way up the coast and that we might see some rain as a result, but thankfully we were spared the brunt of the stormy weather. We also were fortunate enough to arrange a meeting with a reporter from the Kinston Free Press, which will hopefully be running a story on us tomorrow which will increase awareness of our cause in the area.
However, we were surprised at the number of individuals who came out to encourage us in the Kinston area. We were stopped on several occasions as people voiced their support and spoke with us about how the trip has gone thus far. Lucy Manning, Mary Scott Manning, and Danielle McLaughlin drove out to meet us on the trail in order to show they’re backing our cause, and it was refreshing to see that people of our age share our values and hopes that such a concept sticks in people’s minds. We’re happy to say that we feel confident in the number of people our message has reached, and we hope that the idea continues to spread, even after we are through with kicking.
Total Distance Traveled Today: 22.14 miles
Time Spent Traveling Today: 11 hours
Total Distance Traveled: 373.43 miles