That was Monday, 08/31, Day86+1. That was the day the Mr. Giraldo resumed his roll as teacher. This amazing man rode Destiny from home to school; had a TV interview; was received by colleagues; and then off to his students at 9:00 a.m. to begin the job of history teacher for this school year.
Some 30 pounds lighter, Mr. G. received hugs, waves, and well wishes as he strolled about the school grounds. Of course, there were lots on comments about the amount of weight he lost on his Tour of Discovery.
I witnessed spontaneous applause for students awaiting the first bell as Mr. G. walked past. [I was pushing Destiny at the time. This followed the TV interview.] They even applauded Manifest Destiny as I pushed her by [of course, I choose not to ride her]. This trike, as I see it, is a museum piece, never to be ridden on the streets for joy or transportation. Rafael views her in the same manner. She now remains at the Tequesta Trace Middle School, where he teaches.
I spoke with Rafael Tuesday evening following my return to Fayetteville. He is making adjustments from daily riding to the routine of teaching. I will likely see him again the end of this month and participate in a panel discussion of his trip. The panel is sponsored by [details later].