We are supposed to ride in on the 20th, but I have to say we might be bustling along to get out of this chilliness! This morning was frigid. It's pretty hard to slow down when the weather is starting to turn the way it is.
We really only have 10 riding days left. I can't believe that. We're at 3,500 miles now. Just 200 left and this whole entire journey is over. Man oh man.
We took a rest day at the farm but we were gone most of the day doing internet stuff. When we came back there was food up in our room for us from the restaurant. On the first night Frank had left a candle, a bottle of wine, and a full dinner with appetizer and dessert! All of this without a chance to at the very least even shake his hand. He was like the food fairy that came while we were away.
Speaking of food, we had a nice lunch today on the side of the road. Tea tastes amazing when it's cold and so does a grilled peanut butter and jelly. I don't remember when we first had the idea to grill our peanut butter and jelly, but when you eat it as much as we do you think of different things to do with it. It is so incredibly delicious grilled in olive oil! We are into our third jar of homemade jam that we got from Vicki Durham back in Ava, Missouri. It's Apple Jam. Now, I don't like apple sauce so I was leery, but it's incredible and very fall tasting. And we had the Vanilla Almond tea that Donna back in West Virginia gave to us.
We are now in Cobleskill, NY. Sojourner is down the road at the SUNY Equestrian Center and we have been put up the Best Western. Oh what a treat.
Therese, who is the Director of the Equestrian Center, set this all up for us and also invited us out to a dinner at the school where the Culinary Arts Students would be preparing and serving a meal. Another treat.
I was walking arm and arm with Walter heading to the truck after dinner and I looked up at the dorm rooms. It brought back this wave of memories. It was cold and dark just like winters at Plymouth. I met Walter as a freshman at Plymouth State University. It felt like we were back at college walking home to probably go...oh, I don't know...run barefoot to the bank in the snow just for fun or jump off the roof into the snow, or sit on the floor of my room and talk and laugh and talk and laugh for hours...and here we are 11 years later.