Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day 83-You Don't Have To Ask Me Twice At 5:30am If I Want To Zero!

When you go to bed at 10:00pm; 5:30am comes in what seems like 3 hours. I got up, went to the bathroom, and tried to motivate my body to get going. Not even a minute later Nana came out, she's never up this early. She asked me if I would want to zero today and travel with them, still half asleep I responded with let me look at my map. She followed me out to my bed where I sat to open up my map and gave up before even reading the words; I said I don't know who I'm trying to kid, of course I want to zero. She asked if I was sure, she didn't want to make me do anything I didn't want to do; I responded with no one can force me to zero. I texted my mom to let her know the updated plans. Once I got back in bed, 10 minutes later heard some rain on the roof of the motorhome-good choice. I put on some Pandora radio and played lazy hiker. A couple hours later I woke to a mixed composition of I'm Yours lyrics with Somewhere Over the Rainbow melody. Made me think of Phoenix and Dexter learning Somewhere Over The Rainbow on the ukulele at the Captains. I laid in bed til about 8:00 listening to music and browsing on Instagram until Nana asked if I wanted a tea, hard to say no to Teavana chai! I got up and made our favorite breakfast; potatoes and eggs with bacon! And then I had a piece of bread pudding too. After we got ready to hit the road and I sat blogging and listening to music on the couch, you can easily tell whose pants I am wearing for lounging in the photo below. They are the definition of her! Depending on how tired Papa is today from traveling, maybe we can go to one of these caverns Papa brought flyers in for. If not, maybe for Nana's birthday on Monday, it would be nice to go to one today, and the other one on her birthday and a winery nearby; but that is up to them. I'm just along for the ride! I am now copilot in the coach, we are probably traveling what I travel in a week; in a couple hours and What A Wonderful World came on making me think of Lynn, we listened to that song on our road trip to Damascus for Trail Days-I miss you Lady! After an hour and a half or so we finally pulled in to the new campground. We stopped into Auntie Sandy's Diner at the campground for lunch by the pool and I got a BBQ bacon cheeseburger with fries. The place was just like a little snack shack by the pool but the burger was decent. When we got back Papa and I headed to the Skyline Caverns, Nana didn't want to do all of the walking. The temperature down there is a constant 54 degrees so it was pretty cool, but not as cool as the caverns themselves. They have colored lights that make the scene. Our tour guide said it was good luck to get dripped on by the cavern water and bad luck to bang your head...take a guess what happened; Papa banged his head, and I got dripped on! I threw a quarter down into the natural pool, and touched the good luck stalicite (it was on the ground because it fell from the ceiling above and Dr. Walter Amos the founder of the cavern tried to move it.) I've hiked above the Blue Ridge Mountains, and now I've walked below them. We headed back to the campground and lounged around a bit while I tried to figure out my mile schedule, and then I did something I haven't done in 3 months; drive a car! Nana and I went to Spelunker's for ice cream, turns out they only have frozen custard so I got a vanilla milkshake, Nana got a banana split and we got a scoop for Papa to-go. My milkshake was great, custard is very soft so it felt like I was drinking icemilk. I also got chicken tenders but by the time we got back; they were soggy, and Nana's banana split was all melted. The tenders were nothing special, I picked off the soggy breading and ate most of them and then I stuck my leftover pasta in the microwave.  We sat and made plans for the next couple days and now I am laying in bed ready to go to sleep. Mom is overnighting the next 500 mile pages Monday to the campground so I will get it Tuesday; back to the grind tomorrow high miles to make it to Harpers Ferry this week!

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