Day Two Hundred-eighteen, Date Sunday, October 4, 2009
Time in Saddle: n/a
Distance for the Day: n/a
Accumulated Trip Distance: n/a
(I got a picture for today, and posted it.) I woke up again at 8am along with everyone else, and had a toasted bagel with whipped cream cheese (makes spreading it easier – what an idea!) I continued blogging, when brother-in-law Dave showed up with tales and pictures from his fishing trip to Alaska, from which he’d just returned. He caught 175 lbs of BIG fish, saw grizzly bears, and was kept up by a drunk mountain man who was their guide; in other words, a great time was had by all. He took off after a while, and we later went out to go shopping at REI and have lunch at a Mexican restaurant (I treated my hosts, this time) ($25). At REI, I got a nice pair of waterproof mittens, a can of bicycle degreaser, and a whistle/compass/match holder (which I use to hold my earplugs) (to replace the one I lost the other day) ($69). We then returned home, where I degreased and cleaned my trike’s chain and drive components, and re-lubed them. Bob found a nut and bolt to replace the screw I had jury-rigged to (sort of) hold my rear wheel fender, so that was now much more secure. I then went back into the main house to continue blogging. Bob showed me his electronic chanter, which I expressed an interest in, earlier. The chanter is the flute-like part of a bagpipe rig, and an electronic one works just like a real one, but doesn’t need air – just finger contact. It’s heard through earphones, so you can use it anywhere, without disturbing anyone else. Very cool. Leslie cooked up a terrific dinner of (ack! I forget – pork stew?) and corn bread. Anyways, it was wonderful. We talked about their experiences in Ireland and Scotland, about our ancestors, and about the Japanese internment during WWII. Afterwards, I went back to blogging, and because she would have to get up early the next morning, Leslie and I said our farewells before she went to bed. Bob also went to bed, but he would probably be around to see me off. I stayed up until 1am finishing my blogs, uploading them, adding the pictures, and making them available.