On a different note, I did an interview over the phone this morning with Mr. Lanny Slevin for his radio show in Peru, IL. The Slevin family (one of my best friend's/teammate's/roommate's family) have been extremely helpful, helping us set up things for our stay in Peru, IL. This is just another example of how generous people have been along the way, which is greatly appreciated and helpful in our attempts to spread the word about the ride and about the FACE AIDS mission.
On another more positive note, maybe one of the few reasons I'm excited to be in the midwest is having the chance to see a lot of familiar faces, particularly once we get into Iowa and Illinois. I have been lucky to also have some other friends scattered throughout the route. These checkpoints are what break up the summer, keeping me going from one chunk to the next.
1. Friends in Boulder, CO
2. Friends in Des Moines, Iowa and Davenport, Iowa
3. Friends in Peru, Illinois
3. Friends at HOME in Batavia, Illinois
4. A bunch of friends in CHICAGO
5. Friends in Washington D.C.
6. Friends in Boston, Massachusetts
If you can't tell, I kinda miss my friends (and family of course) and being able to see any of them along the way is the best thing ever, especially when they pretty much all will join for a day or two of biking. I think I always appreciate my friends and family, but trips like this drive that point home. It's the people in your life that make it meaningful...LOVE YOU ALL!
Sorry... it was a rough day.