Friday, July 31, 2009
Saloon in town and guys in there suggested we camp at the town park
ünder the pavillion! Perfect! Showers under the faucet worked well and
with some pretty good hills today, sleeping on the concrete floor was
not a problem! I do get up earlier those mornings after because the
old hips get a bit achy! I went back to the saloon for coffee in the
morning to try and get caught up here but did my usual gabbing
instead! Folks want to know what craziness possessed us to do this
trip. I just tell them it was my boss' fault..."he asked for creative
ways to save our department operating costs!"...just kidding Fitz!
Mike usually chimes in beforehand anyhow and let's them know it is a
"female dominated" trip and "THEY came up with it!" with his thumb
pointing our way! I think some men want to say "man, how did you let
that happen?" from their expressions. Kids had fun in the city park
before bed. Good day!
Also nice washed apples for us as long as we posed for a picture for
the table décor! Great stop, real nice folks. We keep thinking we are
meeting the nicest people ever and keep getting surprised by more
southern hospitality! We are going for 60 today so better hit the road!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
mike and I had nice swims while Rebecca enjoyed some quiet reading
time in the hammock. Then James and I shared the hammock and some Huck
Finn until the hook on the hammock broke right in half...sheared right
in half! Scared us half to death when we both landed smack on the
ground! Poor James doesn't have as much padding as yours truly! After
that James and Mike went fishing while I actually made dinner for a
change! Chicken, rice and beans and not too hot for cooking. Rebecca
and I ate then The unlucky fisherman did and early to bed!
mid-trip blues. I think all of our bodies are tired and we had such a
nice visit with family that we are a bit homesick. Things will turn
around. We sensed disappointment high with the kids and made the
decision for motel and laundry last night! TV, clean clothes, and rest
helped a bit. We left early and had a short ride to Carbondale for
bike repairs and interview with Southern Illinoisan. Bikes got
repaired and we hung out for quite sometime, but did not hear back
from our contact at the paper. Thanks for the hard work back home to
make some media contacts for us. Maybe these towns we are going
through see so many of us riding through that the interest isn't
there. We met many folks just hanging here though!
cause and also advice on the route! Also Michael Crotts from NC who
was vacation and gave Mike a donation for the cause. Thank you to so
many folks who have given to the much needed research for this
disease! The generosity of people back home and on our trip has been
overwelming! We can make a difference! This money goes directly to
diabetes research so you can me assured it is not going to overhead
but directly to finding out more about this disease! Just an FYI...if
anyone wants to e-mail us aside from the blog contact, you can reach
us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks again!
from Montana, then conveyed to the large pile in the center of the
facility. Then through conveyors from the bottom of the pile, the coal
is delivered to the barges overhead through bridge systems supporting
the moving trough. Loved trying to figure out what the process was!
levee. It was still full of hills but not as bad! Rebecca just
finished the Adventures of Huck Finn so she liked being along the
river. We saw the coal delivery process along the levee which was
interesting. Still a lot of farm country also.
the building and met Otis and Doug, representing the Eagles and making
sure we liked our stay! We thanked them for their hospitality and let
them know that this was definitely a great stay and how much we
appreciated it! They suggested a breakfast buffet down the road and
off route a bit but well worth it! Well, just as we arrived at the
restaurant Otis and Doug pulled up and Otis gave us these nice shirts
with their logos! Great guys! We had a delicious breakfast and then
when I went to pay, they told us the FOE's picked up our check!!!
Wow!!! We should have been buying them breakfast for what they had
already done for us! Thanks so much for everything Otis! much
appreciated and very very kind of you!!!
they put up bicyclists in their beautiful pavillion in the backyard
between a tiki hut and 2 volleyball courts. Clean restrooms and a
shower! We had dinner in their club which was pretty quiet for a
Saturday night. We had a nice conversation with Rick and Darla Shawgo
who were traveling on Harley's. I hope I have the right names here and
if not, PLEASE let me know! Things got a bit confusing the last couple
days since I have been delayed in blogging lately! They also donated
to the cause which is so appreciated! Nice meeting them!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
per grandma's great idea, we headed down the road another 18 miles or
so to Farmington while the van of family traveled ahead with the kids
gear with plans to meet at the fire station. Rebecca and James had a
good pace going and kept us going! We were greeted by 4 of the nicest
fireman and the family! Didn't realized what the accomodations were
here but soon found out! We were to stay in the emergency response bus
that went to Katrina, use the showers, hang in the fire station tv
room with them if we wanted, and made to feel very at home!
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