Ralph via SAT phone (transcribed – two calls combined)
Hi this is Ralph it's 5:30 PM and we're still in Saint John Newfoundland. The people here have just been absolutely wonderful. This morning we could not leave on time for two reasons. First we could not get gasoline delivered to the boat. We had to hand carry jugs of 5 gallon each down to the boat to fill up 100 gallons. A wonderful man named Darrell Miller bought gas for us today. We are very grateful to him. He put $500 of gas in the boat!
We also found out that we had some cracks in our T Top which I am very surprised about as it is a very expensive T Top. Anyway it is cracked so we had to reinforce that so that it wouldn’t fall apart completely.
The great guys at Conoco Phillips are helping, these guys are awesome, bought us lunch and treated us to another very nice meal, put us up in a hotel at their own expense. They are still trying to get their home office to get behind us. Another wonderful person donated $20.00 someone else named Jeffery from TX $150.00 and Al and Pat from Florida donated $1000.00 towards gas and trip expenses. An 11 year old named Christian who lives in Raleigh NC that we met in Charleston SC created a lemonade stand and donated 15% of proceeds to us. We are just overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. Please know that we are Grateful for everybody.
We knew that when we left Tampa Florida that we did not have enough money to finish the trip. We went ahead and prayed about it and considered it. With the good people at Interstate Batteries and I AM Second helping us tremendously, we decided to move forward with the trip and counted on the good people from all over the world to help us. We are so grateful that the people from many countries are helping.
So while we are far from being fully funded, what people realize is that it is a lot different to say you actually care than it is to actually do something to show that you care. That is what we are doing. It is all about doing more than just saying thanks to the wounded heroes and their families.
The local CBC (Canada Broadcasting Company) wanted us to wait one more hour so they could broadcast LIVE showing us leaving at 6:30 PM local time. We will be live on the national news here on Canada CBC broadcasting company and we're very grateful for them being involved.
We will be in Saint Anthony tomorrow around 3 to 4 PM.
Have a wonderful day and God Bless you.