Another update from Danville,
Ale and I are in the same cafe as yesterday. We ended up staying here too long yesterday and were worried about making it to Berea before dark, so we got a hotel and called it a day. We also wanted to check out the bike shop in town and ended up getting some great route short cuts from the shop owner. So overall good decision.
Unfortunately, I was unaware of the option to stay in Danville, so I had consumed huge quantities of chai tea to prepare for the afternoon ride. For most people this would not be a problem, but for someone who has the caffeine tolerance of a small child (me), this was indeed a problem. I am pretty sure my left eyebrow was slightly raised and was stuck that way for a couple hours. My hands were shaking all over and I was talking uncontrollably. Ale was like, “uh dude, should I be worried?” I was like, “NO! I feel GREAT! I love caffeine! It’s such a good day! YAY! We are kinda almost to New York!” I then proceeded to ride to the bike store in my lowest gear (high rep) to bike the caffeine out of me. Surprise, the 5 minute ride didn’t do much.
The caffeine eventually wore out after Ale and I ate Mexican food while watching TV in our hotel beds. We went to sleep and woke up to a “free” breakfast. In order to take full advantage of the free food, we ate as much as possible and then discretely hid some bagels and goods for later. We got back to the room and were feeling really pumped about our progress so we put on pandora Motown station and danced around while we got our bikes ready.
By the time we got outside to start our ride, it was raining. “No bid deal” I thought. I have dealt with worse… The rain soon turned into buckets of water and thunder and lightening within seconds of each other alerted us that the storm was here. Well F. Ale and I debated continuing or stopping at our new favorite cafe. Obviously the cafe won. Within minutes of us parking our bikes and settling down with more chai lattes, the thunder and lightening seemed to be directly above the cafe. Thunder shook the whole cafe and everyone jumped at the insanely loud sound effects. Soon after police cars and ambulances screamed on by. Ale and I just looked at each other and started laughing. All we could think was, “thank goodness for the cafe and that we stopped.”
The rain has currently decreased and seems manageable, so we are about to head out. Love to all!