Lip. 16, 2024 Live from the road

Coos Bay, Oregon - Florence, Oregon

Reported by Arpan DeAngelo 44.0 mi

The famous fitness barn at the home of Bhavatarini Judy Pearl was busy early this morning with some of the Peace Runners having a workout with the exercise machines.

As you walk into the gym these words of wisdom and encouragement greet you.

Bhavatarini very kindly instructed some of the runners on how to use the machines properly and safely.

The walls of the gym are decorated with many friends and students of the late Mahasamrat Bill Pearl and his wife Bhavatarini. In this photo they are with Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run, who visited here in the 80's.

An Award Sri Chinmoy presented to Bill Pearl (Mahasamrat) with the lyrics to a song he wrote for Bill almost four decades ago.

Trying out some of the various machines.

Before we left her home Bhavatarini offers us Peace Dove cookies baked and sent by our friend in New York, Aranyani.

A popular Peace prayer before we leave for our next destination after breakfast today.

Bhavatarini loves animals of all kinds and has these small statues of various animals gathering around St. Francis.

Bhavatarini also has many animal friends who gather in her yard as well.

We were a bit sad to leave this beautiful home and garden of Bhavatarini and Mahasamrat with panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

In the town of Phoenix on the way out were treated to a wonderful breakfast at a favorite diner of Bhavatarini and Mahasamrat, called Debby's Diner.

We are so grateful to Bhavatarini and her friends and daughter and son-in-law who were so generous and kind to us. This photo was when we had to part after breakfast. Some of the other friends and relatives who had joined us had to leave before this photo and we wish to thank them as well for their kindness and oneness.

Egi, from Mongolia, saying her goodbyes to Bhavatarini's sister Paula. We are so glad that she came to be with us and hope to see her again.

Bhavatarini shares the Peace Torch with her daughter Renee and Renee's husband Jody.

As we travel towards Coos Bay, Arpan's brother Giribar, who lives in Oregon, comes to greet us on the road. He was on the very first Peace Run in 1987 and was very happy to share the Peace Torch once again with us.

Giribar and the current men's team.

Arpan gets a few hours off to visit his brother's house on the Pacific coast in Bandon, south of Coos Bay.

Giribar and his wife Linda totally renovated and redecorated the outside and inside of this once abandoned house in Bandon.

A great view of the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the house.

We were soon on the road again running with the Peace Torch with a flower-flame in place of a fire-flame for safety reasons in parts of Oregon as we did in California as well.

We always meet peace lovers who love to hold the Peace Torch and offer us their prayers, smiles and wishes as we pass through their communities.

We are also blessed by nature, especially in this Spring season as we run down the roads with nature abounding all around us in every direction.

Nature's beauty and peace comes in many shapes, colors and sizes.

Udita, originally from Bangladesh, is enjoying her short time with us before returning home to New York.

We will be sad to see her leave.She is a wonderful addition to the team..

Papaha came up from San Diego, California to join us until his birthday in Portland, Oregon in a few days. Happy Birthday Papaha.

Varunavi, from Slovakia, enjoys the incredible scenery along the coast of Oregon.

On her run, Varunavi found a very big four leaf clover, a sign of good luck.

Gabrielle, from Italy is loving his short time with the team before he has to leave in Portland, Oregon. We are so glad that he was able to make it here along this beautiful coastline.

Pransukh and Gabrielle take a scenic break at Ten Mile Creek among the sand dunes and inlets of the Pacific coast. A great way to end a day's run.

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Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu (Mongolia), Gabriele Settimi (Italy), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Papaha Gosline (United States), Pransukh Marks (United States), Roxana Magdici (Romania), Salil Wilson (Australia), Udita Laboni (Bangladesh), Varunavi Glabnikova (Slovakia), Virangini Afzal (United States).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu, Gabriele Settimi, Harita Davies, Natabara Rollosson, Papaha Gosline, Salil Wilson
The torch has travelled 44.0 mi from Coos Bay, Oregon to Florence, Oregon.

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