United States 12 August: New Haven, Conn. - Stamford, Conn.
Southern Connecticut Charm
Our Penultimate Day
We aare very grateful for the generosity of the Hampton Inn of Milford for the men's team to stay overnight and enjoy the friendly atmosphere here.
The women's team were fortunate and grateful to stay at the home of a good friend Archee and her mom in Monroe, Connecticut.
They have kindly offered the use of their beautiful home and gardens
to the Peace Run for many years now.
Bird feeders attract birds of many species which makes for a wonderful atmosphere in this lush and green setting.
We are very grateful to Dr. Mark Anderson who kindly treated one of our runners for some minor back problems.
Sweta and Victoria are all smiles as they get back on the road again to get even closer to our goal.
The Connecticut countryside had some sidewalks for us to run which makes it safer and easier for our runners.
Meanwhile the men's team is happy to be running in a different section of Connecticut on our last full day of our long journey.
Along the way we met up with Arpan's cousin, Dr. William DeAngelo, a chiropractor who has a number of Neuro-Spinal centers in this area of Connecticut.
We meet some very enthusiastic people spontanteously along the way as we carry the peace torch which always seems to attract peace- lovers everywhere.
Journalists come out whenever they can to cover this positive story among all their other assignments. This newspaper, the Connecticut Post, kindly followed us in this section of Southern Connecticut.
We finally made it down to Norwalk by noon to run to Stew Leonard's, the 'World's Largets Dairy Store'.
The Mayor offered us a very kind message about peace and our mission to share this quality with others along the way.
Some of the staff at Stew Leonard's join us and Mayor Rilling by their huge digital sign welcoming the Peace Run.
Mayor Rilling holds the Certificate of Appreciation from the Peace Run as Chris Arnette, Representative of Stew Leonard's, holds the torch along with one of the head chefs for the International Buffet which they generously offered to us for a delicious lunch.
We were then treated to their delicious soft ice cream at Stew Leonard's, 'the world's largest dairy store'.
At this YMCA day camp called Camp Rocky Craig, Danielle Jean-Guilleume Sittoli: Youth, Family and Camp Director, gladly accepts our Certificate of Appreciation which she and her staff and the children most rightly deserved.
A beautiful painting by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run, was also offered to the camp and accepted by the children.
The children always get a chance to pass the torch to each other along with their good thoughts and wishes for peace.
The 'Peace Train' leaves the station as one of the enthusiastic counselors carries the torch as the 'engine' of the train.
It was a great group of children and adults on this beautiful campus which offers the children a very natural environment to spend their summer in very positive and healthy ways.
At our evening function as the home of our good friends and loyal supporters, Nripal and Nidrahara, the runners were offered photos and some special gifts for their participation in this long and successful event. Salil, Executive Director of the Peace Run, kindly arranged for this wonderful final event/party to happen today.
Tavishi from Australia holds her huge gift of the American Flag. Her four months across North Americal was a life-changing experience as she grew to love the U.S., Mexico and Canada as so many other runners also did.
A happy group of runners hold up their photos and some of the gifts offered by the Peace Run in gratitude.
Nripal Eric Petersen and his wife Nidrahara Kathy Rhodes( who was out of town today) have always been extremely kind and generous to the Peace Run and have also joined us in the past to do some running and coordinating on the road. We are extremely grateful to them for their support and for opening up their wonderful home to us every year at the end of our long journeys.