I’ve made it to Toronto on a hope and a prayer due to more kindness from fellow humans. All filled with the good nature to help people in a tight spot. The first bit of the morning when I left Pravda was horrendous as a great deluge drenched me but the lightning lit the way east.
I was just starting out from the gas station in Pravda when the rain started and the wind picked up in a hurry. I walked eastbound in what felt like a tropical storm and started thumbing. Car after car after big rig passed me up. I noticed they where kind enough to switch lanes to avoid me being sprayed by tire spray but still no ride.
All of a sudden a vehicle hit its single light and two gents pulled over to offer me a ride. After clearing space the driver told me to hop in. I eagerly jumped in and thanked them profusely while settling in. The driver introduced himself as Scott with a firm handshake. He then introduced the second person as Matthew who also shook his hand . He told me he was destined for Sudbury and asked how far I was going.
I replied I was headed to the East Coast but soon through the two day trip he convinced me to change plans and hed to Toronto to look into freighters and Merchant Marine work. He was quite talkative and a benevolently kind person who definitely thought of others as meaningful.
First day got us past Kennebec falls Ontario and by 1:30pm and by day two we where at our final destination, Sudbury. He dropped me off at the Salvation Army Shelter and I soon learned that it was a women’s only shelter. A staff member there directed me to the Off the Streets shelter on Lurch and I went to secure a room there.