June 18, 2014 Live from the road

Crescent City, CA - Oregon State

Reported by Anna Khimchinskaia

Crescent City KOA provided the team with a wonderful complimentary stay in their beautiful campground for the night. Thank you for the peaceful nights sleep under the stars.

We made it to Oregon!

We arrived at the home of our dear friend and five time Mr. Universe Mahasamrat Bill Pearl and his wife Bhavatarini/Judy.

Pranlobha flew in and re-joined the team for this special occasion!

We were treated to a homemade lunch that included all of our favorite dishes. We are so grateful to all of Mahasamrat and Bhavatarini's friends and neighbors who cooked and greeted us with such enthusiasm!

Sitting in their lovely garden enjoying each other's company as well as the spectacular Oregon weather was wonderful.

Mahasamrat shared amazing stories with us about his dear friend and founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. The team felt inspired by his wisdom and athletic discipline.

After the lunch we were offered delicious chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies from a special Pearl family recipe.

Neighbor and Peace lover Jim Rogers holds the torch.

Jan and Jim Mess and the adorable Gigi the dog. Jim has been Mahasamrat's weightlifting training partner for over thirty years.

Rance and Marilyn Darity from Pennsylvania. Rance is a masters level bodybuilder himself and a longtime admirer of Mahasamrat Bill Pearl.

Tank, one of Mahasamrat and Bhavatarini's pet tortoises, is estimated to be about 80 years young!

Rosie the tortoise was thrilled to have an afternoon watermelon snack.

Bhavatarini takes such care of the tortoises. They even sleep inside at night.

Koi Fish swim happily in the pond.

Deer are welcome visitors at the ranch!

The orchard has many fruit trees, including apple and cherry trees that make a tempting treat for the deer that live on the property.

We fed them plums by hand.

Mahasamrat and Bhavatarini have many special momentos of their long and close friendship with Sri Chinmoy.

One of Mahasamrat's many honors for his illustrious bodybuilding career.

Impressive antique collection!

Bhavatarini's good friend Jolie Johnson from the local Rotary Club kindly stopped by to meet the team and offer her encouragement and support in our efforts to spread the message of peace and international friendship.

Dennis was honored to be given an autographed book.

Jim and Mike shake hands. The day was a good opportunity for old friends to meet again.

This mustang is just one of the many classic cars in Mahasamrats collection.

The team all voted that this one should be the newest member of our fleet of Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run vehicles. The torch will look fantastic painted on the side.

This visit was a real high point for the whole team and words cannot express our gratitude to Bhavatarini and Mahasamrat for their kindness and generosity.

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Torch carried by
Anna Khimchinskaia (RU), Arpan DeAngelo (US), Boijayanti Gómez-Badillo (PR), Dennis Gribok (LU), Harita Davies (NZ), Jagadhata Amrhien (US), Jennifer Cluck (US), Kaneenika Janakova (SK), Mahasatya Janczak (PL), Natabara Rollosson (US), Palash Bosgang (US), Pujari Schaffer (US), Sandro Zincarini (IT), Sarvodaya Grygoryivskyy (UA).  
Photographers
Arpan DeAngelo, Dennis Gribok, Harita Davies, Sandro Zincarini

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