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I'm writing this diary on Friday morning.  We're getting ready to drive to Raleigh.  There are three of us planning to ride together and stay overnight.  I checked the website for Mountain Moral Monday, and it looks like they sold out five chartered buses to leave from Asheville early Saturday morning.  That would seem to suggest that this is going to be a big event.

So some light packing and planning and food prep.  And rain prep; there is rain in the forecast for Raleigh Saturday morning.

But I'm already getting that buzz, that warm feeling in the body.  There is a deeply felt remembrance of, and connection with, this movement, these people that have gathered together in Raleigh before to stand for justice, to stand for their fellow citizens, these people who care.  To be in their presence is a gift.

It is quiet and peaceful here in these mountains this Friday morning.  It is a nice space within which to prepare for the trip; to sit with all that this trip represents.

Hoping the car makes it there and back, and that all goes as planned.  But whether we make it there or not, this Moral March on Raleigh should be a pretty significant event.

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Enjoy your day, wherever you are!

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