practice. I had yet to use it in a talk, but the plan was to perform some of my original music for inspirational emphasis. I was practicing “Humility, Faith, Courage,” the only instrumental piece performed by my band,
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. The message behind the song for my talks was we needthe humility to serve others, the faith to believe in others and the courage to sacrifice for others. As thesong was the only instrumental for my band, I crafted the song to highlight the instruments, particularlythe guitar part.About halfway through the song a man comes jaunting down from the neighboring campground.“I just had to come over and tell you how beautiful your music ….” he started to say, but then looked tohis left, “Barrett! How are you?” At that point the jaws of the Connecticut contingency dropped open.The man turned out to be Ted Oxborrow and he recognized Barrett and Buster from having already metthem. Ted was at the campground supporting Brian Starks, who was attempting to set a record byhiking/running the Nevada section of the ADT in ten days. He was using his record attempt for drawingattention to Nevada parks; Cave Lake had set up a press conference for him at the campground earlier inthe day.Ted was high energy and effusive with praise for us ADT sojourners. He reminded me of WarrenDoyle's father, who often greeted his son's hiking companions with “Geez, you kids are great! You're the backbone of America!” Ted singled out Ky for her good work as a fellow support person, all the moreimpressive compared to Ted's ten days of providing support. Ted is relatively new as a Trail Coordinator.Here's hoping he can maintain that enthusiasm over the course of time.Brian Starks previously had hiked/ran the entire ADT in record time. This meant that together inone campsite we had four ADT travelers and three ADT support persons (including Ted's son Trevor). To put this in perspective, Brian informed us of attempts that had been made to hold ADT reunions in the past and they never got more than two travelers total. Such an occasion might have called for staying uplong into the night, swapping stories around the campfire. However, Brian needed an early start for another fifty mile day, limiting the time all four of us spent together.