Met a lot of folks yesterday, friends old and new. I particularly enjoyed meeting American patriot "Old Fart" and his wife. Last night I got more sleep than I've had on any two nights since I left Birmingham. We're headed today to a speech on the boardwalk at Coos Bay, and hopefully I'll get a chance to dip my toe in the Pacific, which I have never seen before. I also cannot thank enough the readers and supporters who pressed gas money into my hands, expressing appreciation for my work and the hope that I will continue. It is humbling beyond belief and I choked up more than once.
The organizers' media plan apparently failed, as we got no coverage from local television and I saw not one local print reporter either. In fairness, my own stop-gap media plan failed as well with arrangements I thought I had for media filming inexplicably falling through. This was a bitter blow, and must be ranked as a major fail of my own. I feel acutely that in my failure to break the cone of silence that the media continues to enforce on the armed civil disobedience movement in the face of well over two years of unprecedented actions by activists all over the country, I have let y'all down. My hope was that this time we could force them to notice. We did not.
There are some great photos out there, though, and I hope those readers who took them will forward some to me so that I may post them here. The computer I am using here in the hotel has no sound, so I cannot review the fragmentary videos of my speech that are coming in. I'll try to do better this evening after I make the stop in Coos Bay. We'll be traveling there shortly this morning and thence on to the Sugar Pine Mine outside Medford for some fact-finding to see how we may assist them in their fight with BLM thuggery.
We'll probably spend the night tonight there and will continue on to Salt Lake City sometime tomorrow where we'll be staying the night at a faithful reader's home. If there's anyone in the SLC area who would like to meet me when I get there, please drop me an email. After that, it's on to Albuquerque to meet Bob Wright and other folks. Keep me in your prayers.
Cone of silence notwithstanding, I'm going to try to ensure that this trip is not a waste of readers' contributions. I am always cognizant that I have a solemn responsibility to get the most out of their sacrifices and those of the activists "behind enemy lines" in the front-line states of the war against tyranny. Keep them in your prayers as well, especially the Liberty For All activists from Washington state like Anthony and Maria Bosworth and Kit Lange as they go back north to get ready for the background-check-free Arms Expo in Yakima on the 20th. Courage does not often come in much bigger bunches than that demonstrated by these magnificent liberty fighters.
(LATER: Please note, especially those of you with whom I have "missed connection" on the way out, that we were traveling through country that for the majority of time I was in an electronic black hole and could not get a signal on my Boost ghetto phone. It was extremely frustrating. This caused me to, quite frankly, "stand up" folks that I wanted to meet. I make no excuses because I should have done more to anticipate and avoid this problem, but we were whippin' the horse pretty hard in order to make sure we made it in time for Salem. My abject apologies to the folks I disappointed. You are right to be angry I failed to do what I intended to do, what I promised to do.)