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After a restful night, Frankenbutt awoke feeling better and I was relieved to see him with more color in his cheeks. We dressed and went to the hotel breakfast and was pleasantly surprised to see quite an array of choices. Overall, we’ve found the Choice Hotels line of lodging to be a really good choice for amenities for the price.
Following breakfast, I found myself feeling a little dizzy and tired. We had planned to go out and see some historic sites but opted to stay in for the morning and take care of some emails and track contacts for our route ahead. Around 1pm, we ventured out on bikes for some lunch. After riding the short distance in the thick humidity, I again felt a bit dizzy and attributed it to the heat and humidity.
We locked our bikes and headed into the local mall, which the Beast really wanted to visit. It’s been over a month since the teen aged Beast had been in a shopping mall … she looked happy to stroll through the Claire’s shop and the Hot Topic shop. When we made it down to the food court, the Beast and I chose the Japanese place for chicken, white rice and veggies; Frankenbutt went with the Italian place for spinach stuffed pizza and a Pepperoni slice.
Shortly after I started eating lunch, I felt dizzy again. We finished lunch and as we were walking through the mall, I started to feel really tired. Frankenbutt said everything I was feeling was what he had gone through the day before. He said he felt back to normal after a good night’s sleep. We decided to head back to the hotel room so I could try to rest. As soon as I hit the bed, I fell into a deep sleep. I was out for at least 3 hours. When I awoke, I felt a little groggy but definitely felt better.
We all showered and dressed, glad to be meeting up and spending the evening with old friends who came up from Front Royal, VA. We met Rick, Lynn and Eleni on a cruise years ago that we ended up on after missing our original cruise due to a rock slide near Seattle, Washington that closed the main highway to the Seattle cruise port. As we cruised Alaska, we enjoyed each other’s company right away and the Beast hit it off with their daughter. We’ve since planned vacations together and we try to get together whenever we are in one another’s neck of the woods.
Rick and Lynn picked us up and drove us to a local sports theme restaurant called Glory Days, where we ordered a big plate of Nachos and cold beers while we debated what to order for dinner. I realized that I had not had a cold beer in quite a while and believe me, it tasted as good as I remember. Finally, after singing many rounds of “a Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall” during killer climbs, I got my cold beer! And better yet, I was sharing beers and really good conversation with old friends! It was a good evening indeed.
Like so many times before, we all lingered long after our meals were done, laughing and catching up with all the crazy things going on in our lives. The Beast and Eleni were having their own share of laughs and whispers at their end of the table, too. When I realized how late it was and that both Rick and Lynn had work the next day, I suggested we head out.
Eleni really wanted to meet Coco, who was lounging at the hotel room so we headed back to the Quality Inn. Since they brought two separate cars to meet us, Lynn opted to head for home and catch a little sleep since she had to start work the earliest. She gave us all big, warm hugs and headed on her way. Rick and Eleni came to our (slightly messy) room where Coco was jumping for joy to see us. Eleni and the Beast laughed and played with Coco while Rick, Frankenbutt and I talked.
We had truly enjoyed seeing our old friends and I felt so much better than I had earlier in the day. I guess it’s true: laughter is the best medicine! It was midnight by the time I climbed into bed and I had almost forgotten that I had a blog to write. I looked at the computer and opted to write in the morning when my mind would be more alert. So, once again, forgive me for not getting this posted until the morning after.
This afternoon, we head to the Winchester BMX track where Track Director Ben has arranged for TV3 to come out and cover the story of our ride and how we are promoting BMX. We are looking forward to meeting all the Winchester riders and are hoping the threatening weather holds off until late in the evening.