This morning we have had a late, relaxing, entertaining and yummy introduction to “breakfast” – southern style!!
We now know what real “grits” are, what “sausage gravy” is and what real “Biscuits” are!!! Special thanks to Mike and his mother Norma for letting us sit in the kitchen and ask all sorts of stupid questions while they prepared a huge southern style breakfast of all these goodies for us!!! What a way to start the day!!
By mid-morning, between the 4 of us we had the 2 washing machines and 2 dryers whirring away – and it is so nice that tomorrow morning we will leave with everything up-to-date!!! Clothes all washed, bedding and towels all washed, tent has been up and has dried out on this beautiful sunny Georgia day!! Thanks Norma for letting Pat and I use your machines!!
It was then on to bike cleaning. WOW – poor things they really had very yukky chains and cogs so I degreased and re-lubed the chain and cogs, and went over the bike to make sure all things that should be tight were! With a bit of luck, Finn should run a bit more smoothly tomorrow. It is amazing just how much dirt and gunk gets on the chains – but then – I guess – we have come a fair few kilometres!!!
The afternoon was spent eating, drinking and chatting poolside, and I was thrilled and delighted that Sarah and her family travelled over to meet us. Sarah is one of the people with Cystic Fibrosis who has inspired us along this journey – and we are delighted to be raising funds for further research into treatment strategies. I was also thrilled to hear that while Sarah is doing her post-graduate studies she received the news as they drove over today that she has been offered a teaching role for first year students!!!! Well done Sarah – I notice you had a few doubts or "nerves" about the role ......................... I think we all do when taking on something new – I know I did before we started this big ride – but stick at it, do your best every day – and you will be a success!!! I think you will be great in that role!!
We’ve had lots of Don and Annie’s relatives coming and going all day. It has been wonderful to meet and chat to them all, and really good to put faces to names of people who are following and commenting on our journey on Facebook.
So to Mike and Janette – thank you so much for having us for our “rest day" – and for arranging Tiff for yesterday’s massage. It is always hard to move on after such a break ……. but we are much closer to the eastern edge than the western edge of this big country now! In fact we only have 8 more days of this amazing journey left to go!!