United States 16 June: Talent, Oregon - Florence, Oregon

Travelling through beautiful and inspiring Oregon

We had a wonderful nights sleep at the home of Mahasamrat Bill Pearl and Bhavatarini Judy Pearl who kindly and generously accommodated the whole team for the night. Our gratitude goes out to you both for your wholehearted support for the Peace Run.

The day began with breakfast at Roosters Diner in Medford.

We enjoyed the wonderful company of Mahasamrat and Bhavatarini, Bhavatarini's sister Paula (at front in the purple jacket) and Mark and Brenda Olsen (not shown) who are also enthusiastic supporters of the Peace Run.

Sadly, today the team said farewell to Akbota from Kazakhstan who has been with the Peace Run since it began on April 17 in New York. Akbota will be missed!

Staff and management at Roosters held the Peace Torch.

A group photo before we left Medford.

Our thanks to Tom MacNamee and Bob Guthmiller who appear here with Bill Pearl. Tom and Bob helped us tremendously by diagnosing a couple of issues with our van, featured behind.

In the afternoon, the team received an enthusiastic welcome from the children at the Coos Bay Boys and Girls Club.

As part of the introductions, the team played a game where the children had to guess the countries of each of the Peace Runners.

The Peace Run and World Harmony Run songs were sung.

The team presented skits about peaceful and non-peaceful behaviour.

Children indicated peaceful behaviour with a "thumbs up" signal and non-peaceful behaviour with "thumbs down".

The Club was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and artwork by Sri Chinmoy titled "Unity".

Everyone formed a peace train, lead by club member Anastasia, and walked and jogged around the grounds of the Club.

Each had an opportunity to hold the Peace Torch and make a wish or prayer for peace.

Thank you Coos Bay Boys and Girls Club for your enthusiastic participation in the Peace Run.

A big thank you also to Becky from Homegrown Public House in Florence who made us all delicious sandwiches for our evening meal.

On the way to our accommodation in Florence, the team paused briefly at the giant sand dunes that lined the route.