Epic Road Trip Adventure – DAY ONE!

The Great American Road Trip.

Heading West.

Head out on the Highway.

Whatever you’d like to call it or however you want to relate to it, every single one of us has done it or dreamt of it: driving across the United States. This fall, I have the unique opportunity to make this happen in a very special way.

Yesterday was Day One of our Encouragement Across America Tour. We are the co-authors of bestselling Children’s Book, Pete the Popcorn. In the final weeks of the 2011-2012 school year, we read our book to over 10,000 schoolchildren. The experience was thrilling, humbling… amazing. So in order to bring our book to an even wider audience, we are lucky enough to be going on a National Tour.

Almost every day through November 20th, we’ll be visiting schools in different cities criss-crossing the country. Not only will we be reading Pete the Popcorn, we’ll be talking to folks about encouragement. Encouragement is something we all need… and it seems to be especially lacking right now. Our goal is to start the chain of encouragement with children.

We’ve had some fun so far… for instance:

We were able to see the World’s Largest Truckstop! This is where Joe got very upset because the Taco Bell at the World’s Largest Truckstop was only open until 10:00 PM!

We also spent about 5 hours sleeping in a roadside rest area. Scary? Maybe a little. A right of passage for a cross-country trip? Yep.

But the best, most weirdly awesome and strange thing that happened? While crossing the Mississippi River near Davenport, Iowa… this truck passed us. Not only was it a casket company… Batesville? It just reminded me of Norman Bates from the movie Psycho.

And then once the truck passed, we saw an even better photo opportunity. Sure, they want to sell their product. But they’re much more concerned about our safety. How nice. Again, the truck went barreling past us.

But all was well with the world when we made our first appearance in a school for the 2012-2013 school year. In fact, we read to three schools in one day— all in Des Moines, Iowa’s public schools. I must say that it’s one of the finest school districts we’ve visited since beginning the whole P.E.T.E. project. The staff members were professional, the kids were ready to learn and listen… and the buildings were sparkling.

Here is a video recapping our first day of school visits:

Encouragement. Think about that for a few days… and let us know who encourages you.

To sponsor a child on our tour, please visit www.PeteThePopcorn.com

Talk to you soon!

Nick and Joe


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