On the night of March 10, 2011, I went to bed looking forward to meeting the reporters that confirmed their coverage of my return to the Santa Monica Pier as I surpassed driving 10,000-miles on POET cellulosic ethanol. ABC, CBS, Fox and CNN had all verified their coverage of EcoTrek’s historic milestone “unless some crazy disaster takes place.”
No one could have predicted the horrible events to follow.
Japan’s 9.0 earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster will cause untold deaths, destruction and misery for years to come. It certainly deserves more attention than my completion of the Best of America Tour and I won’t exploit Japan’s misery by weaving any distracting messages into my writings.
Right now, all of our attention, efforts and available resources should be focused on Japan’s rescue and recovery efforts.
What I will say is that some of the best things in America are American, and I’m proud of the support we are providing to Japan. This includes our prayers, financial contributions and the heroic efforts of our military and civilian rescue teams. I’m overwhelmed that America’s superpower-status goes well beyond our military might and that our super powers provide unmatched relief and life-saving support in every corner of the world. God be with Japan and those who are helping in their recovery.
I still arrived at the Santa Monica Pier on 3.11.11 achieving my goal, and all of the media that promised to be there was there. However, their cameras and attention were directed at the Pacific Ocean in anticipation of a Tsunami. They did their job and I did mine, and on this day our roles didn’t connect.
The “official” end date of the Best of America Tour Fueled by POET cellulosic ethanol came and went with little fanfare, and that’s okay. Our hearts and prayers were where they were supposed to be – supporting those in need. The important thing is that the best of America came through that day.
EcoTrek’s journey to advance the use of renewable fuels remains on the right path. We will still provide educational programs highlighting POET cellulosic ethanol and other viable renewable fuels. We will continue to advocate responsible transportation and we will highlight the Best of America for a long time to come, both in America and throughout the world.