Day 126


July 30th, 2010

Remember ol' Norbert from way back in eastern Pennsylvania? I stayed with his family in the house where the guy tried to shoot his daughter back in the 30s. Well, I met his brother Mike this morning! Mike was heading home to Spokane when he spotted me walking down the highway, so he pulled over to say hi and make a contribution to my restaurant fund. Can you see the resemblance to Norbert? It was very apparent in person.


  1. Gayle Opie says:

    Cool! They sure do look alike. How neat to meet brothers at opposite sides of the country. Did Mike look you up on purpose or was it a real accident?

  2. Michael in Atlanta says:

    I am the FIRST Michael to write on the MIKE page! :-) I love you Gayle Opie anyway.

  3. Candice In Alabama says:

    Well, I’m the FIRST Candice to write on the Mike! page! :) I certainly see the resemblance between ol’ Norbert and Mike! I must say, the view behind Mike looks mighty inviting, except for the fence, that is!

  4. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Oh my gosh! How incredible is that?? Two members of the same family at opposite ends of your trip! Awesome. Did he know who you are? I would imagine he had to have known you from his brother. How neat that he saw you and was able to stop and say “HI”. What a wonderful world. Glad you were able to get a “deposit” of sorts to your restaurant fund. Gotta keep Matt fed. Thanks Mike! for taking the time to stop for Matt.

  5. Gigi says:

    How cool is that! You get to meet one brother in the second week of your journey and the one near the end. Way to go Mike and Norbert!

    Mike, thank you for contributing to Matt’s restaurant fund :-)

  6. Don in Tennessee says:

    “We may never meet again”-but you may meet my brother down the road!

    How neat and wonderful.

    Mike looks like a nice person just like Norbert!

  7. Rhea in CA says:

    Sometimes the world seems really big, or in this case, really small! That is awesome. They both look like such nice people! =)

  8. Saun in Ohio says:

    I do see the resemblance between Mike and Norbet too. I’m guessing he called you when he got close to where you are walking.

  9. deanna valenti meyer says:

    How awesome!! Way to go Mike…thanks for taking care of our Chief Hobo! It seems to me the Hobo Planet is getting smaller by the minute.

    I can totally tell Mike & Norbert are related! Neat!

  10. Vickie from Michigan says:

    STOPzilla won’t let me see Norbert! My husband put that beast on here. I never liked the sound of it.

  11. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Thanks Mike for making sure Matt stays fed!

  12. Roe says:

    What a nice guy, checking up on you! Hi to Aunt Mary (and all) in Spokane from all the family in Western NY!

  13. phyllis says:

    well i am the first phyllis. and if there follows another let me just add from mississippi!!!!!!

  14. phyllis says:

    p.s. What day should i go back to to see ole norbert??

  15. phyllis says:

    never mind! found it! did i also say i blonde!!!lol

  16. J E F F says:

    phyllis…My wife is one too. End of Blonde jokes.

  17. Jeannie says:

    Norbert’s is my husband. Mike knew of Matt but didn’t know that he would be in that area. It was a chance encounter! Mike was working in Montana and lives in Spokane, WA and was taking a shortcut home! Miss you Mike and Matt!

  18. Jeannie says:

    P.S. I’m blonde.

    And double P.S. for all you ladies out there Mike is nice and he’s single!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Aw Jeannie! You little sneak you. Thanks! Wonder does Mike know you let us in on this secret? There are plenty of women posting on here from out there. Maybe Mike will find a hook up here. Wouldn’t that be somethin’!

  19. Andrew in VT says:

    Jeannie, thanks for the background info on how Mike met Matt. That it was just a chance encounter is almost too weird. This world really is a lot smaller than we think.

  20. Janine says:

    Yay! It’s Jeannie! I was giggling at the comments for you photo, how several family members were commenting. Did your brother-in-law ever get his wine? *L*

    What a small world!

  21. Jeannie says:

    Yes, Janine, Peter got his wine though he certainly didn’t earn it.

  22. Peter O'D says:

    I did get my wine! Norb and Jeanie better keep stompin them grapes! Way to go Brother Mike! Matt has only 3 more O’Ds to meet then he will have met the whole clan. Keep safe Matt it’s all downhill from there!

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