May 13, 2014 Live from the road

Hillhouse, MS - Memphis, TN

Reported by Sandro Zincarini 90.0 mi

This log sculpture was well crafted by some of the friends of the Quawpaw Canoe Company where we stayed last night.

Braxton from the Qwapaw Canoe Company showing us a beautiful, handcrafted boat.

Some of the kind gentlemen who welcomed us to Yazoo Pass Cafe in Clarksdale, including the owner of the building, Bubba O'Keefe, second row right.

John Cocke(left), owner of Yazoo Pass Cafe, and Erickson Blackney, a friend from NYC, share the torch with some of our team.

We are so very grateful to all those who treated us to wonderful food and delicious coffee at Yazoo Pass this morning. This bistro and bakery is a central meeting point for tourists and locals alike.

Two New Yorkers in Clarsksdale, Arpan and E.B..

The Crossroads, an intersection in Clarksdale made famous by Robert Johnson's classic blues song, 'Crossroads'. In the song he sings of his journey from Clarksdale to Rosedale. Aptly, we just ran from Rosedale to Clarksdale.

Anna from Russia enjoys a nice cloudy day of running. The clouds protect us from the hot sun.

Amos Harper, 90 years young and about to turn 91 in July, takes time to visit with us at City Hall and offer his goodwill as he holds the torch.

Then surprisingly Amos ran with us a bit as he carried the torch with youthful vigor and enthusiasm. His loving, happy manner is a good example for all of us who may sometimes feel that we are aging too quickly.

We thank the city of Clarksdale for receiving the Peace Torch and the team.

Mayor Bill Luckett and his wife and his Assistant, Heather, offer us some wonderful gift bags before we depart their charming town of Clarksdale.

Lots of beautiful and fragrant blossoming 'May' flowers this time of year.

Friends on the road...

Some people just stop their cars to get an opportunity to hold the torch. It gives us much joy that they take the time to share the ideals of spreading peace and harmony one person at a time.

This is one of the most famous stone walls in the world.
At the Graceland perimeter, home of Elvis Presley, thousands of fans leave their messages or names here in honour of the late, great musician, who is still referred to as the 'King of Rock and Roll'.

Our team in front of the famous decorative gated entrance to Graceland.

This gentleman works for Graceland and allowed us to take photos in front of the gate.

One of the Graceland staff enjoys holding the torch and making a wish for peace.

We too left our message.

Running into our next meeting at the Boys and Girls Club Oakhaven Branch in Memphis.

We were warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic children there.

There were some very nice signs to greet us.

A little introduction about our event..

Finding peace in the heart.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is "To enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

The children tried to guess where we are from.

Singing and acting to our song.

...and then it is time for fun!

Evelyn Young, the Club Executive Director, kindly gave us some nice gifts, including a T-shirt with their logo which also happens to be a flaming torch.

We offer the Boys and Girls Club a World Harmony painting by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run, and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Evelyn said that she liked our 'heart' exercise and will use it whenever she wants the children to be more silent and peaceful.

One happy Club family and Peace Run Team.

The kids were quite happy to go outside with the torch.

Running with the torch is always fun for the kids.

Making a wish for world peace.

Evelyn was really enthusiastic about us coming to be the children and share our experiences with them.

We are very grateful to Evelyn Young and the children of the Boys and Girls Club.

The children love to find out where we are on our map.

Downtown Memphis at night.

Vera is escorted to our final destination...dinner.

A big thanks to Aldo's Pizza for treating us to a delicious meal in their restaurant in downtown Memphis. The staff was also very enthusiastic about the Peace Run and joined us for a group photo.

Torch carried by
Anna Khimchinskaia (Russia), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Dennis Gribok (Luxembourg), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Kalyanika Forester (United States), Phaedra Rosario (United States), Sandro Zincarini (Italy), Sarvodaya Grygoryivskyy (Ukraine), Vera Sevastiyanova (Russia).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Harita Davies
The torch has travelled 90.0 mi from Hillhouse, MS to Memphis, TN.

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