A Day's Rest and Familiar Faces
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It's been a few days since I've been able to write. I made it though the storm in Ohio all the way to Columbiana, OH (home of Harvey Firestone--the tire guy). When I pulled into town, someone suggested I ask the police if I could camp in the local park. As I was making my way through town I saw some people unloading their bikes from the car. My chain was in bad shape from all the rain and gravel paths so I stopped to ask if they had any lube. They did in fact, and even better they offered me a place to stay with them. Their daughter Beth was visiting with her boyfriend Bob (the bikers). I found out that Beth is also a physical therapist. We ate pizza and watched a movie together. It felt like I could have been visiting my own parents for the holiday weekend. They hooked me up with one of those air mattresses in the screened porch. I had the comfort of a bed but I got to wake up to the crickets.
Sunday I made it all the way to Willowick (outside of Cleveland), where my good friend/housemate's grandma lives. I've stayed with her a few times before when driving between Camden and Chicago. She had a good luck balloon on the lamp post and a sign that said "Go Jeremy Go, God's Speed" (you can see it behind us in the picture) As another surprise my friend Scott from Philly was coming back from picking up his daughter Mae Mae from Indiana and he stopped in for a visit. We played down by Lake Erie together and then Grandma B cooked a great spaghetti dinner.
I took a day of rest on Monday and had the chance to hang out with Grandma, and Chris's aunts Peg and Terry. Being on the road has been great but there's something about being around people you know and having the freedom to just relax. Grandma B is like another grandma to me. I can do no wrong with her. She not only volunteered to do my smelly laundry but she said she enjoyed it and commented on my "neat biker clothes". When I left the toilet seat up she laughed to Peg how it had been a long time since she had walked into the bathroom and seen that! Last night we went out for Mexican and were serenated by Mariachis. I also cruised around town with Peg searching for a new back tire because a nice slash caused a blowout as I was coming into Willowick (it was perfect timing). I can feel all of your prayers. My knee is feeling good. The sun is shining. And I have some great maps from Adventure Cycling that will bring west along Lake Erie today. Stay in touch.