Everywhere You Go, There's Addiction (even the pizza place)
April 29, 2014
I woke up a little later today and got some “rest” the day before, which basically meant I didn’t leave the house. I had told my story a total of seven times all over the greater Houston area over the weekend. Houston is a huge city! Population-wise it is the 4th largest in the US, and driving it was pretty difficult. Luckily, John Shiflet was able to chauffer me around and he could probably tell my story better than me after hearing it 7 times!
Fox26 news wanted to do an interview with me before I left so Unk and I loaded the bike and gear up and headed downtown, which is no easy task in a car and impossible by bike. Earlier that morning St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness had expressed interest in me speaking Friday so I needed to hit the road after the interview to make it in time. The Fox studio was amazing and Melissa Wilson was very interested in my story. She showed me around the studio and snapped some pictures with me and I was off to eat at Olive Garden before heading to Silsbee, my last stop in Texas!
When I arrived in Silsbee I was greeted with a surprise. First my room was upgraded for no charge to a suite with a Jacuzzi and flat screen – awesome. Second, news of my arrival had circulated and there happened to be an outpatient treatment place across the street that wanted me to speak, and I agreed! I had a quick talk with a few folks, and I was tired but they were really interested and I couldn’t say no.
Laura Daigle ran the outpatient place, SpindleTop, and had 20+ years in recovery. She was so excited by the ride that she offered to buy us a pizza (and again I couldn’t refuse!). When we arrived to pick up the pizza the lady asked about the Ride. She disclosed her daughter had a problem with drugs and had taken her own life in front of her years ago – she also said that she rarely speaks about it but was very glad that I was out in the public bringing attention to the disease.
After a warm soak and a good night sleep I hit the road the next day to cover 130 miles – I had to make Baton Rouge by the next day and was able to cover more distance since there weren’t any mountains blocking me!