Homeless Yet Connected

Observation:  Fairly uneventful ride with little art to be found, other than one building I decided to save for another day.  But I did have a unique run-in that was just something odd to process.  I rode upon a church that had seen better days.  One half its roof had collapsed in and a bunch of windows were smashed in or boarded over.  But the rest seemed in good shape and I could see one piece of graffiti through a window, so thought I would stop and explore.  Doors were open to no surprise, but just a few feet in, I noticed something unexpected – clothes spread out over a bunch of the pews in somewhat an organized fashion.  They were definitely not in the best of shape, but the bright colors popped right away.  But then I almost jumped by the sound I heard next, the deep voice of a man talking louder than necessary on a cell phone.  It was then I saw him laying on one of the pews, blanket over him, pile of clothes as a pillow, just kicked back like he was laying in bed at home.  It was obvious he was homeless and he was using this church as his temporary lodging, complete with airdry laundry and cellular services.  I backed out and he never saw me, but it did get me thinking, do most homeless people have phones?  How do they pay for plans or was this just an anomaly?  I guess just a mystery for another day.

Distance:  44.57 miles

D-Fact: It may seem obvious now, but using lines down the center of a road to separate traffic going in opposing directions was another Detroit invention. The idea was conceived by Edward N. Hines, a member of the Wayne County Road Commission who had also been responsible for the first paved road, in 1911. Hilariously, he got the idea from seeing a leaky milk wagon leave a trail behind it.


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