The only word that comes to mind when I try to describe the events of yesterday is whirlwind.
The day began at Johnson Shut-Ins. I had camped there with Deane, Mark, Glynn, Harriet(Glynn’s daughter) and Adam(Harriet’s boyfriend). It was a wonderful crisp morning and the excitement of knowing I was going to be seeing my wife, children and friends should have spurred me to move rather quickly, you would think. Not so. With plans to roll out at 9:00 to meet some of my friends in Graniteville at 10:00, there was a time frame of sorts to follow. Everyone else was ready, but for whatever reason, I was behind. I finally had everything together and made the guys stop waiting for me about 10:20.
The ride with the four of us up N highway was very nice. Nothing too fast. Just moving along intently enjoying the views and talking. The trees are just starting to show a hint of color change along the hills so the ride was quite scenic as well. What a beautiful day!
When we got to the meeting place on 21, it was a wonderful sight to see people come out to meet me! John, Lora, Bruce and Scott were there. After introductions, we went inside the gas station and took a little break to eat, drink and chat. Then it was pictures outside and away we went.
We rode through Bismarck, down old 32 to St Joe. There were a few times, fueled simply by adrenaline I’m sure, that we were traveling along well over 30 MPH. Then it was on to part of the bike trail to the Maple trail head where Gary Grix had hiked in to take pictures once more. Thanks Gary!
Down Maple and into town, at a blistering 47MPH! We all went by my wife’s work. What a great reunion! I was very happy to see Jeneen after 40 days. More introductions and pics followed.
At that point, I said my goodbyes to Deane, Glynn and Mark. Bittersweet moments really. So nice to see my wife and everyone who was able to come out, but sad to see my new friends carry on. Such is the way this trip goes. Folks come into your life. Some have been forgettable. Others, like the chaps from England, are not. But it is only for a season, however short that may be. Their journey carries on and mine takes a break for now.
I spent lunch catching up with Jeneen, then went out and saw my mom for a short bit. Back to town to see my kids when they got home from school. Then just a wonderful evening with my family. It had been a long time coming and I enjoyed it immensely.
So now it is the next day. I didn’t want to take the time to write last night. It helps to process things a little anyway.
I’m feeling a little less like a stranger in my own home now. LOL! When I first walked in yesterday, it was just surreal. I had so looked forward to sleeping in my bed as well, but I had gotten un-used to it and used to sleeping alone. My sleep was broken, but it is still comforting to be home. I’ll sleep better tonight, I’m sure.
So this will be a closing thought for now. Of course I will be back in a week or two to keep you up to date on the remainder of my trip from Farmington to Yorktown, but I am taking a break for now to focus on family. I might drop a line here and there while on break, but certainly not every day. Enjoy and I’ll be back soon!