Facebook is awful and it is wonderful. Especially for a traveler like me that loves to connect with others and ride or just have a good conversation.
Last I left you I had one day left near the Virginia Creeper Trail in Bristol, VA. I am sure you were rooting for me to go to Grayson Highlands on my last day in the area. Instead, I decided to stop there on my way back South to Florida in the Fall. Maybe there will be color in late September up there.
Instead I spent the day thoughtfully packing up the bed of my new truck.
And maybe I visited Anytime, I don't remember. But at 3:30 in the afternoon I decided on a Friday night there should be music on State Street in Bristol. I grabbed my umbrella and rain coat because it started to rain.
The cell service was lousy and there were no showers. That's ok, it was part of the plan. In the morning I drove to Chillicothe about 8 miles away to go to Anytime Fitness.
Just as I was finishing my workout I got a call from Amy Spadafore. She was in her car driving to Yellow Springs, Ohio. There was an impromptu trike ride starting at 10 a.m. I told her I would map it and see if I could do it, my trike was already in the truck.
It was only an hour away, so I said yes!
I am excited. I am happily driving down the highway and I over halfway there. I suddenly remember that I locked the trike to the truck and the key to the lock is in my Weeroll back at camp.
I pull over and I call Amy. She said she is going to call around to the attendees and see if anyone has bolt cutters. I don't start driving again, I wait. Then just as she calls back to tell me no one has bolt cutters, I realize I could go to an Ace Hardware and maybe they would cut the lock for me!
Amy then tells me that she got mixed up and the group is meeting 10 miles further in Yellow Springs. I said, "Perfect. I will get my bolt cut in Xenia and start riding on the trail up towards Yellow Springs. I will meet up with you as you guys ride down toward Xenia."
So that is what we did. It worked out well after all. A couple of the people I had rode with before either up in Xenia a couple years ago when I was traveling and camping in my tent-cot.
Some of them I had met at the Big Honkin' Trike Rally in Inverness, FL.
When I met up with them we rode to Xenia then back up to Yellow Springs where we had lunch at a Taco Truck because the restaurant was over an hour wait.
Amy biked part way back with me to Xenia. She was aiming to get 60 miles for the day and did it. I did about 53.
As I drove the hour and 20 minutes back to Scioto Trail Campground I watched the Full Moon rise up in front of me. It was huge and lovely.
The moon I saw the night before was called the Blood Red Moon? Or something like that. My friends had pictures from wherever they were (Florida, New Mexico) of the lovely moon posted on Facebook.
The next morning I get ready to go to town to use the Anytime Fitness floor for yoga and their showers.
I get in my truck and see nothing in front of me and pull forward. Clunk!
I had run right over the fire ring!
Onto the next campground.
This one is in Plain City, Ohio. It has great cell service and is close to a small downtown. I can walk into town or ride my bicycle.
This posting is evidence of the great cell service. I tell you, I am soooo much happier when I can reach out to people and do research and such.
Speaking of research. I ordered a Truck Topper or High Cap for over the bed of my truck. It was the Yukon style. I say "was" because they emailed me back two days later and said they don't make the Yukon style for my style of truck. I have a longer bed than standard.
So I told him to find me one that will be tall enough for my bike, 46" from truck bed to top of entry door. He couldn't find one and returned my deposit.
I am looking at commercial ones, and thinking about calling my team of guys that helped me through the truck buying process. Part of me is saying I have spent enough of this dang truck already. Part of me says, just do it and worry about the repercussions when I am 80 and run out of money.
Well, here I have cell service and I am still searching. Debra has told me my friends are saying I should get a topper. Everyone wants to spend my money, right Margaret! It's you and me, gal, frugality R us!
I posted pictures of my set up on the Weeroll groups I have joined on Facebook. I got inquiries about the screens. I got them from Amazon. They are called magnetic screens. The brand I got was Magzo, though there are several.
While we were walking I remembered that the day was May 20th; The day that my sweet husband of 41 years passed over. Now it has been four years.I tell those who have lost their partner, "All the influence your loved one had on you all those years you were together is still in you, a part of who you are. In that way, you can love those parts in you and continue to celebrate the life you shared."Now I am in Ohio. It is a rainy morning and I have cell service. I can do some work! I am so happy about that. "George, are you with me on that?" In my memory I remember his smile, and hear his giggle.