United States 8 August: Calais, ME - Bangor, ME
A Fresh Start
Entering the USA with new team members
What a great start for the day! The wonderful people of Calais, ME received the Peace Runners in front of the Visitor's Center on a sunny morning just 100 meters from the US-Canadian border. Mike Carmody of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce had a gift for us:
There was a tangible, silent and sacred atmosphere when people held and passed the Torch, as they brought to the fore their own highest aspirations for peace.
A member of the Wabanaki people welcomed us on behalf of his ancestors to this land. We were so honoured!
Thank you to everyone in Calais for your warm welcome this morning! We hope to see you again some time!
How would we manage the Peace Run without our "Charcoal" Van! (the name used by runners to refer to this vehicle) When one person starts running, the van drives ahead to wait for that person on the side of the road. Meanwhile another team member gets out onto the shoulder and starts their leg of miles. In this way we take turns and, as ateam of 12, cover aproximately 80-90 miles each day, carrying the Torch.
One is being a mobile kitchen and a base for a small group of the team to cook lunch for everyone else while the rest of the group runs miles on the byways.
Kids learned actions and lyrics to the World-Harmony-Run Song, also composed by the Founder, Sri Chinmoy.
For a few seconds the campers concentrated in silence on their own hearts to feel peaceful qualities within themselves.
Thank you everyone, especially Tim, Kim and Carli, for spending the afternoon together. It was so much fun!
A very big thank you to the Black Bear Inn & Conference Center for hosting the men's team. We loved every moment in your beautiful hotel.