June 16, 2014 Live from the road

Westport, CA - Alton, CA

Reported by Boijayanti Gómez-Badillo 99.0 mi

The boys' team ran into many enthusiastic supporters along the way!

The Peace Run offers a very hearfelt and warm "thank you" to the Motel 6 in Fort Bragg for sponsoring the team's accommodation for an evening.

The Holiday Inn Express at Fort Bragg also hosted us for a night, to whom the Peace Run extends a very heartfelt thank you as well!

The boys' team had the oportunity to visit a 5,000 year-old tree along the Avenue of the Giants.

Well wishers always have an opportunity to hold the Peace Torch and make a wish for inner and outer peace!

Denis surveys the diameter of another large fallen redwood.

Palash Bosgang from New York plays the banjo for some of her team members.

Orange flower-flames find a home in the Peace Torch!

The team had some great scenic, albeit curvy roads, to run along.

The girls' team examined an enormous, upturned redwood tree along the route that seemed to be in different states of decomposition. Some parts on the outside were moldy and crumbling, while some roots on the bottom appeared to be petrifying!

Harita climbs into the base of the tree.

The girls team tries to imitate a Beatles record cover.

Kim and Asher greet the Peace Run at the College of the Redwoods. The College of the Redwoods very kindly allowed the Peace Runners to use their facilities at the end of the day! We are very grateful to the school for their kindness!

The Peace Run held a ceremony at the Redwood Coast Montessori School at the end of the day.

Terri, a wonderful teacher at the Redwood Coast Montessori School, was the inspiration behind the ceremony. Touched by the message of the Peace Run, she very kindly invited us to host a ceremony at the school.

Parents and students take part in the ceremony...

Peace Runners and Montessori students gathered round in a circle to sings songs about, as well as meditate on, peace.

Carla leads us in the singing activities...

The Peace Runners introduce themselves to everyone.

The World Harmony Run song is acted out...

Jennifer presents a Jharna Kala painting composed by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy, to the Redwood Coast Montessori School. The title of the painting is "Imagine Peace, Here and Now."

A teacher is given the opportunity to hold the torch.

Kaneenika enjoys a walk along the beach after the ceremony. Parents of the Redwood Coast Montessori school showed us to a beautiful and desolate beach adjacent to the school.

Dennis and Mahasatya help some students dig a hole in the sand.

Everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful California sunset...

If Peace is not in nature's beauty, then where is it, where?
-Sri Chinmoy

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Torch carried by
Anna Khimchinskaia (Russia), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Boijayanti Gómez-Badillo (Puerto Rico), Dennis Gribok (Luxembourg), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Jagadhata Amrhien (United States), Jennifer Cluck (United States), Kaneenika Janakova (Slovakia), Mahasatya Janczak (Poland), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Palash Bosgang (United States), Pujari Schaffer (United States), Sandro Zincarini (Italy), Sarvodaya Grigorevskyy (Ukraine).  
Photographers
Arpan DeAngelo, Dennis Gribok, Harita Davies
The torch has travelled 99.0 mi from Westport, CA to Alton, CA.

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