This afternoon while motoring to lunch, I happened to see Steve and Miles.
Of course, when I originally saw them, I did not know they were Steve and Miles. Instead, I immediately made up a story in my head. It was a story about a man walking through East Liberty, leading a goat (and of course the goat had on a saddle). Go ahead, take a minute and make up your own story, I’ll wait. Done? Fun, wasn’t it?
Luckily, since coming to MINI, I have learned that there are many interesting people out there with great adventures to tell about. So I took a few minutes to travel outside my comfort zone and meet this young man and his traveling companion.
Turns out that his name is Steve Wescott and his partner is Miles. The next part is what blew me away. It turns out that Steve is walking across America to raise awareness and funds for an orphanage in Africa named Uzima Outreach. He started in Seattle on May 2, 2012 and has been walking ever since.
Now, if you go back to that story you had in your head a few minutes ago, did it have any of the following words in it: Seattle, Africa, Orphanage and/or walking? Yeah, mine didn’t either.
I think the reason I wanted to share this story on our MINI Blog, is that sometimes it is the little parts of a journey that can make all of the difference. If I hadn’t taken an extra second to meet a fellow traveller, I might have remembered this interaction as some (insert derogatory phrase here) and his goat wandering the streets of East Liberty instead of being inspired by someone who is doing his part in trying to make the world a better place, one step at a time.
Happy (and Meaningful) Motoring!
You can find out more about Steve and Miles and their incredible journey at the following places: