Day 133

The Endicott Welcome Committee

August 6th, 2010

Word of my trip had spread to the folks at the local grain elevator, and they invited me in for a visit as I passed through Endicott. It's harvest time out here, so farmers were hauling in truckload after truckload of wheat. Special thanks to Val (and her boss, Alex) for lunch and groceries!

From left to right: Janette, Becki, Shauna, Val, Caleb, Missy


  1. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    He’s back!!!!! Let the collective sigh of relief begin. Matt, I’m so glad you’re meeting such kind and generous people. Thanks Val and everyone for taking good care of Matt!

  2. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Whoo hoo!! Exactly what Julie said! Thanks for taking care of our Chief Hobo…from the Hobo Planet. :)

  3. Ned in NJ says:


    dude, I’m lovin’ the 404 easter egg.

    did you all know that’s Hoffman totally improvising, he was almost run down by that cab mid-scene.

  4. young says:

    Oh, won’t you walk just a little bit longer
    Oh, please, please walk just a little bit more,
    Now the Endicott welcome committee don’t mind
    and the Hobo Nation don’t mind
    We can take a little time and we’ll leave it all behind
    Oh, won’t you walk just a little bit longer…

  5. Donna in MI says:

    That’s fantastic! Way to go! You are truly gifted! Now we all have to sing it to him and maybe it’ll sink in.

    • young says:

      Donna in MI – Don’t know how gifted one has to be to jack with song lyrics but i am just havin’ some fun tributing the generous folks taking care of hobo Matt.

  6. Candice In Alabama says:

    What a nice thing to do! Thank you for welcoming Matt! Missy, what is that image on your shirt? Even Flickr Zoom is not helping me to determine what it is.

  7. Donna in MI says:

    Thanks Val and Alex for taking care of Matt with lunch and groceries. Thanks, too, for inviting him in for a visit. I’m sure he enjoyed his visit with the crew and got an on-the-spot education about grain elevators and how everything works.

  8. katzien in austin says:

    I’m so confused! Her tee says North Dakota, but we’re in Washington, yes? ND was a while ago…I’m having ‘deja vu.’

  9. young says:

    University of North Dakota Tee with a Notre-Dame like logo posin’ in Washington. That’s one confuzzled t-shirt.

  10. Janette says:

    Missy’s shirt has a picture of a pill bottle, it’s a band called New Medicine. Shauna went to college for two years in North Dakota, She started working Harvest for us last year and her nickname is North Dakota. She is going to Bellingham this year, so may have to come up with new NN. We sure did enjoy having Matt here. Cool story. We are a VERY (no, I’m not mad) small community and it’s always a treat to have something new and interesting come our way.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Thanks Janette for the local news and information! I love it, we love it. And welcome to the Hobo Planet! You are now an official hobo member. Hope you follow along with us and enjoy the rest of Matt’s walk. You really need to, if you have time to, go back and check out his photos from day 1.
      Hope you all had a great day with Matt and found him as interesting as we do. Hope it made your day out there!

      • jeff says:

        I’m riding Dorinda’s coat tails here…..Ditto sweet ladies….ditto……
        Welcome, welcome…..and thanks !!!

    • Janine says:

      I don’t know, Jeanette, Shauna looks like a North Dakota to me. I think you should stick to that one. *L* Thanks so much to you and the gang for looking out for Our Matt! Kind people like you make us all feel warm and fuzzy. ;o)

  11. Lori from Calif. says:

    Thanks Janette! It’s always great to hear from people who have met Matt in person!

  12. Michelle says:

    Hi Janette, thanks to you and the welcoming committee for taking care of Matt!
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  13. Mom says:

    Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

  14. MN Roxanne says:

    thanks for being such a great welcoming bunch to Matt… we love it when he has friends that feed him along the way… you are very kind!

  15. Gigi says:

    Matt’s passing along Endicott must have been big news to the small community. Thanks Janette and company for inviting our hobo and giving him lunch and groceries. It’s always a pleasure to read about the kindhearted folks Matt meets along the way.

  16. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Gee, I wonder how they all found out?. A strange man from NY, walking on all back country roads where the population is so small everyone knows each other. How could they possibly spot him in the crowd of everyone else walking cross country? lol. Glad they found you Matt and took you in. If you’d stayed longer I’m sure they would have put you to work harvesting the wheat! Free bread anyone?

  17. Janette says:

    It was very big news. Very exciting. We heard when he was in Rosalia and were waiting for him, hoping he was coming this way to 26. And yes, we know when any stranger is in town. We know all the rigs in town so a strange one is pretty conspicuous.
    We definitely would have put him to work on Friday when he was here. It was extremely busy with trucks and the Wheat Market was being pretty generous with our farmers that day, so they were busy marketing their wheat, too.
    Like I said we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with him. And I will be watching the rest of his journey. You are very welcome to visit anytime, you will be treated the same.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Thanks Janette. That’s so sweet. One can only imagine your excitement that he would be coming your way. And glad too about the wheat harvesting and all.

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