Today I woke up with some sore hamstrings, which is a little unusual – I knew that I needed to get a massage and am trying to get them as often as I can because of some of the havoc caused by riding 500 miles in a week. I found a person who could get me in at 10:30 and was able to set up an appointment to talk with some faculty at UTEP about their developing CRC at 1.
I met with Dr. Marquez, who is heading up getting the CRC there. They videotaped the interview, and I talked to them about my experience at the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern. They were able to get the school newspaper in and they interviewed me as well. It turns out the writer has been free from addiction for the past 6 years, with help from her church. She was really interested in the story and I was able to snap a few pictures with Dr. Marquez outside the campus. UTEP was really interesting, as was El Paso. Both really cool places.
Dr. Marquez recommended that I contact Casa Vida de Salud and I did after our meeting. They welcomed me to come that afternoon and tell my story, which was cool. I knew nothing about it when I arrived and was informed that it was a residential facility with 23 people living there. I was able to talk with the residents before speaking and found that one of them was a previous student at UTEP who seemed excited about the possibility of their being an outlet for recovery on the campus. He had the same major that I had so we had a lot to talk about.
After a quick dinner, I launched into my story. After an hour I stayed and spoke with the residents about their story which included a previous Duke athlete, an Air Force pilot and a lady that worked at the Grand Canyon that loved to show pictures! These people had come from all walks of life and again I felt oddly at home at Casa Vida having stayed in places like it before myself.
After about 6:30 I headed out to pick up my “Last Supper” from Olive Garden – there are no more restaurants on our path until Austin. David the manager greeted me and thanked me for my service. He was incredibly friendly and receptive and suggested we all take a picture in front of his store. I then went home to eat, watch the NCAA championship and fall asleep sitting up in the chair. For a “day off” – I had been out and about for nearly 12 hours and I had done little planning for the following day…