Jesse and Linda

Jeff set out on this journey across the United States with a desire to connect with people in rural America.  After a long, hot day's ride from Charles City to Mechanicsville, VA, he stopped at Carter's Pig Pen in Mechanicsville for a cold iced tea and a plate of Virginia BBQ.  While enjoying his lunch on the porch, Jeff met Jesse and Linda, who both grew up in Mechanicsville.  They shared, with just a hint of pride, that they were on the verge of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  They invited us to their home, because they wanted us to see a turquoise picnic table they have in their front yard.  Linda was inspired to put the table in their yard after reading the book "The Turquoise Table" by Kristin Schell.  The table is a place for them to sit in the evening and actually meet and connect with their neighbors.  "After all," Linda said, "we're all on this planet together and we might as well help and get to know each other."  We left their beautiful home with a signed copy of the book and gratitude for the gift of meeting this kind and generous couple.