A woman who wants to show that there is good in the world says strangers from Georgia and Florida are rallying around her to help her complete a 600-mile journey from Savannah to Miami.
Yanise Ho, a 21-year-old dubbed “The Bladress”, says she brought no cash on the trip – but that hasn’t stopped generous strangers she's met along the way from feeding her and giving her a place to sleep.
“I want to tell people there are good things happening too, and don’t be afraid to step out and explore,” she told the Orlando Sentinel.
Day 8: started my day depositing the donations of $500 by far, getting new earphones and meeting this lovely lady. The day before, I'd lost my earphones at the beach at one of the pitstops. Until I develop the strength to deal with both silence and the cacophony of cars zooming by on the freeway, skating alone all day long without listening to an audio book or music could be quite tormenting. I walked into store and explained my story in under 30 seconds,"....I wonder if you guys could get me a pair of earbuds?" amongst the crowd of staff, a young man responded assertively,"yeah sure, i will buy you one, i think what you are doing is very cool." Then off I went....45 miles on day 8. #USAtrip #skaterlife #inlineskates #TheBladress #girlontheroad #femaletraveler #faithinhumanity #rollerblading #girltravel #rollergirl #traveltheworld #inlineskating #roadtrip #powergirls #travellove #florida #people
Ho, currently north of Palm Beach Gardens, is on her 16th day of the trip Wednesday and has already traveled 460 miles.
She is hoping to collect enough donations to fly to Hong Kong to spend time with family during the holidays.
Day 12 (31 miles): 5 minutes after I started my rollerblading journey of the day beginning at Titusville city hall, a man on bike stopped me and asked me for $6, he explained that he'd gone through surgery and showed me a scar on his throat, "I rented a place and I am $6 short this month. They let me stay for free for a while already..." he told me. I didn't ask any questions. For the first time in 12 days, I unzipped my donation bag and spent $6...Getting through 300+ miles without any money, I have been been a taker being helped unconditionally by strangers. And there came my chance to give back....
Ho, dressed in a construction worker vest, told the Orlando Sentinel that she skates until it’s too dark for cars to see her at night. Then she figures out where to sleep.
“I never know where I’m going to end up,” she said. But strangers – including military members, single moms and people young and old – have sheltered her along the way, feeding her and giving her a bed to sleep in every night.
Ho says she wants to show people that there is more light than darkness in the world.
“We have to be aware and conscious, but don’t be cynical or judgmental,” she told the Orlando Sentinel.