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Brought with the wind

I was facing stormy wind and exhausted from cycling against it in the heat in the middle of nowhere. The first building was a small winery and it was open. For Karen’s birthday Party. So I really became one brought with the wind.

Everything what happened next just blowed up any mind. Look at this place, look at this people, look at this food. I was taken to Collette and Sam, the owners, house for a night to be taken to Kathy’s place for another night. Because – they screamed – St Louis is dangerous and they will not let me cycle through it. Oh my dream of cycling across the Mississippi river…

What I got instead! Famous Casa Loma welcomed me with special sign and I’ve got my first swing lesson. I didn’t take any one picture because I was so busy dancing! luckily they put enough in FB.  I stayed a week in Kathy’s house and met her Mom, 35 cousins, uncles and ants living around. One of them sew a coat for my bear Bear to be presented in Casa Loma and girls started fundraising for our future book. Oh, yes, a Belleville News Democrat wrote a story which actually initiated what is happening.


Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.

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