If we have learned anything on this trip, it has been: flexibility and going with the flow. And the past two days have been no exception. At least on my part (to save you from scrolling to the bottom, “my” would be Luke’s possessive).
For my esteemed teammates, Saturday morning began with a lovely morning jaunt with the Samuelsons to The Belted Goat, a local coffee shop. They enjoyed coffee and pastries with the whole family (Ken and Micky’s children and grandchildren joined the fun!). From everything they said, it was am awesome time of fellowship with one of the great families we have met along the way.
But I wouldn’t really know, because my morning began at about 1 am with a much less lovely introduction to a stomach bug. I spent the next 8 hours or so in a rather unpleasant fashion, the details of which I will spare you. Because of my unfortunate condition, bicycling was a bit out of the question, so we ended up having to drive to Charlotte. Seeing as we made it to our destination much earlier than expected (turns out cars are much much faster than bicycles – who knew?), we stopped for lunch at the famous Mac’s Speed House, a stronghold of classic North Carolina BBQ. And when I say we ate, I of course mean the other three because my stomach was still churning like crazy.
We then went on to the Fulginiti household, where we could not have been more welcomed. Seriously, Mike and Sandy made us feel right at home – and even made me a special dinner of chicken noodle soup! We thoroughly enjoyed last night and this morning with them, and feel blessed by their hospitality and kindness. Thanks guys!
Today we made a rainy transit to Greenville, SC by way of Spartanburg. In Spartanburg, the wonderful Wade’s Restaurant treated us to an awesome lunch! We knew we were back South with all the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and sweet tea they brought out! Next time you find yourself in Spartanburg, make a trip there! You won’t be disappointed.
Tonight we are staying with the Reinstein family – Mark, Kelli, Jake, Lizzie, and Faith. We are having a blast with the other four family members – a labradoodle, a lab, and two shih’tzus.
Tomorrow we visit the Greenville Memorial Hospital and then head to our penultimate stop: Athens, GA!
Luke and the Team
PS – I’m feeling tons better! Ready to ride again!