3/1/12. 6:00 a.m. Next stop, Miami; then to Managua; then to Ocotal (ETA 7pm). The MANOS advance team will travel the last leg via the Pan American Highway, hoping to stop off in Paraiso, just north of Estelli, for dinner before settling into Ocotal in preparation for the team’s arrival on Saturday. No team has been better prepared or better organized. The 5-year plan is written and vetted, team members understand and embrace the concept of partnership, and everything is in order. I am blown away by the initiative and self-reliance of this team. They have their s*** (stuff) together. The newest team members are represented on the A team by Kristin Giordono. She and the other “newbies” are tuned in, ready to follow, prepared to step up and to step in. I expect great things for this week.