Sunday, March 29, 2009
Day Twenty-four, 090324 - Las Vegas, NV
No stats today (thank GOD). Well, there was a little cycling action, just about 10 miles worth of getting from the Boulder Station Hotel to Janet & John's house via some really crazy wrong turns, with an average speed of 9.7 mph, time in the saddle of 1:02 mins, overall total distance of 949 mi, with a max speed of 22.1. Walking around all day with my cycle shoe cleats in turned out to be a really bad idea; the bottoms of my feet where the cleats are positioned are now fairly painful. I'm sure it will go away in a day or so, but NEVER again! Today, I tricked C&E (Cati and Eusebio) into letting me pay for my own buffet meal by delaying my arrival with an excuse. We then geared up for the trip back to Janet and John's, but got turned around, and were well on our way back to The Vegas Main Strip before we figured we must be going the wrong way, figured out what we were doing wrong, and headed back in the right direction. Along the way, Cati stopped at an Airstream dealership, and began poking around some of them, the salesman happy to oblige. Not surprisingly, she's interested in doing another grand tour of the world, only this time with an RV (heh!) We got to Janet and John's - John had just arrived back home, and we chatted a bit, John giving some directions to C&E for how to get to Lake Mead, and some of the things one can do, once there. They thanked John, and asked to convey their thanks to Janet as well, and took off. My plans were to dine and connect with the Goldens this evening, and then take off for Lake Mead, too, the next morning. Despite his cancer, John is wonderfully still in full command of his senses, still driving, and still surviving, despite his initial “few days left” prognosis. He has very specific procedures and medicines to self-administer on a schedule, and he follows it to the letter – he’s determined to survive this, and is doing so. Janet is still working, and things seem to be cruising along with no real bad news, and every new day of life is great news. We had a lovely Italian dinner at the Pasta Palace (voted the best Italian restaurant in Las Vegas, which also happened to be in the Boulder Station Hotel), and caught up with each other. It was nice :-) After dinner, I went back up to my room and fully updated the blog and Google Maps route, and then went to BED. A real one – what a change!