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!

4 comments:

Julie said...

Yay!!! I check every day for your updates - it's like Christmas when I see a post, no matter how short! I have a friend that lives in Sandy Utah which is more towards Salt Lake City (actually you are a bit high up from where I thought you were going... figured you would be heading south down through AZ and TX - may be a good thing you didn't head that way, I heard 15 inches of SNOW fell in TX/Oaklahoma border area). xoxopoo

Julie said...

by the way, if you are heading anywhere near the Oklahoma/Texas border you should e-mail Scott to see if he is going to be in the area when you are...he's been working down there somewhere by Oklahoma City...going back tomorrow (Monday) again too.

Beaky said...

HIYA Don! I have not been able to comment recently but that does not mean I have not been following your (and C & E's) every move! I have been sick & I went out of town. Dave & Ariane stayed home. Ariane has been getting to be quite the cook and has gone through the whole cookbook chapter on how to make every variety of bus-getti. Yum! Making a few (not huge) mistakes and learning from them. We still miss you! But reading your blog makes you seem closer. Are you developing a working relationship with Ma Nature because you sure spend a lot of time with her! What do you think of her? Spring has sprung in the Bay Area. Has it sprung where you are? Mebbe not. Hmmmm. More later. - Renee

obi_donkenobi said...

Hi Poo: Yeah, I've been hearing about (and actually seeing) snow a little bit around the Utah/Arizona area, but no snow storms, yet (yay!) I'll be heading south, soon, and hope the weather warms up enough to keep me from freezing, but also not bake me, either. Of course, I'll probably do both ;-) I don't actually plan to travel through north Texas, and so probably won't pass anywhere near the state of Oklahoma, so I won't be in Scott's neck of the woods. I should enter Texas somewhere near the southeast corner of New Mexico - quite a ways off. Oh, well. Thanks for the tip, anyways!

Hi Renee: Sorry to hear you caught a cold, but glad to see Arianne has found a new interest, and is having fun with it. Tell Dave I said, "whatsa matta - you fingers broken?" How's he doing? What's he been up to, lately? I miss y'all, too, and am always grateful to get a few words from my family, every now and then.