Nearly four weeks, and 230 miles, into my trip I have come to the realization that my injuries cannot be ignored. So, as of today, I am stepping off the road. After a couple weeks of rest my ankle should be ready to pound the pavement once again.

Though I have not made it nearly as far as I had planned, it is my hope that even this short journey has made a difference, and has reminded people that we all are responsible for bringing about positive change in our communities. And, if I have been able to inspire those I’ve met on my journey, it is thanks to the support of my family and friends–who spurred me on and encouraged me every step of the way.

I do not know for sure how long I will be off the road or where this detour will take me. But I can be certain it is just the first of many bumps in the road.

– By Jennifer E. Cooper