A lot going on today… We crossed paths with another XC cyclist. He looks so professional!! Good luck on your journey…
We really need showers! It has been like 3 days. Mom asked why we don’s use the soap and just wash up in the streams. Well, upstream are always cow pastures and cows go in the water. We are taking our chances that we smell better than if we washed in it.
We found a little diner next to a fire station. That was it, no town, just these 2 buildings. The owner said they serve at 12 so we said we would wait. Then he said Hitch was not allowed in. I took out her service dog papers and they still would not let her in. The waitress agreed that the dog should be allowed in but the owner said no. I was NOT going to leave her outside so we left. (Dad said that it was probably not the dog they did not want in the diner, probably us for not showering for a few days…yeah, coulda been…) Dan was mad because we are hungry and out of food. A little while later there was a gas station with all you can eat hot dogs for $5….. OOOOHHHHH!!!!!!! Music to our ears! Until… lets just say we panicked when we needed a bathroom 20 minutes later.
We camped at the home of Rick and Echo near Boysen State Park. Super nice family and their friends were too. The grandfather is Rick, grandmother is Echo, grandson is Payton. They let us string up our hammocks and said we could shower!!!! We have not hammocked in the last like 3 weeks, trees are good. They made a great dinner for their friends and invited us. Rick took us for a ride on their Gator with Payton. Again, something else we did not think we would do on the trip. Such a good time! thank you. After dinner they passed around a Blessing Star and everyone had to say what blessing they are thankful for. It was a really great time. I am posting this Monday morning and they said they would have breakfast soon. How nice! Just when we needed food. A random enounter? I’m thinking nothing is random.
We heard that a hiker was struck by a car just about 3 miles from Rick and Echo’s late at night. I am so sad for his family. It is just a little too close for comfort. Apparently 3 bikers or hikers have been hit by drunk drivers in the past couple weeks. We will no longer be traveling at night! I just feel so bad for his family.
Have you heard the phrase “we live in a parallel universe”? Parallel to what? I am a visual person so think parallel like dry spaghetti in the box. But what happens to the spaghetti as it expands? It gets softer right?
Now think about this. There is wooden spoon that stirs a pot of water with the soft noodles. What happens then? Noodles touch each other randomly. Now, this will blow your mind! What if it is God that is holding the wooden spoon? Would the noodles touching be random then? Right!!!!!! Maybe this should be called the wet noodle journey, of course still to raise awareness for Williams Syndrome but on a personal level, this 7 month journey is not random. Things happened in a certain way for the last 5 years that brought Dan and I to this point. Looking back it was a progression of sports, school, college, just everything that brought us here. It all makes sense.