Sunday, October 25, 2009
Southern Hospitality, Statesboro and Beyond
As of right now we have 5 more riding days to arrive in Gainesville, hard to believe that we have ridden almost 1400 miles already. Very cool for us to think about at this point when we look back on that first night in Massachusetts, cold, wet and with a leaking tent. The transition from North Carolina to South Carolina could not have been more stark. We we were waved out of the Tar heel state with a single finger and a large soda cup, both presented to us from a fast moving pickup truck and welcomed into South Carolina with clean roads, blue skies and some of the friendliest folks we have met. Outside of the transition day, North Carolina was a gem, so do not be deterred by our experience, I for one will certainly be back.
We enjoyed some beautiful beach side state parks and a glorious fire, with some wood donated by previous campers to keep us warm until Pajama time, beautiful side roads and a wonderful dinner at the Hendersonville Methodist church.
My Girlfriend Laurel's Mom Lois is a Methodist Reverend and set up a talk, and show for us at her parish. Even on short notice, there was a room full of people who came out to support us with their love and generosity. To be in a new place and be welcomed in so heartily is a great feeling and we could not have asked for more. We were also introduced to Pastor Mike Lack who let us stay in his church the following night, definitely a new experience for me and the luxury of not having to set up camp was as appreciated as the time we spent talking with one another and the hospitality that was more generous than we ever expected.
My penchant for cookies has also followed us south of the Mason-Dixon as we were able to polish off almost 4 dozen delicious oatmeal raisin cookies, that Lois made for us, in about 2 days.
We are into Georgia until Gainesville and the internet will be sparse, but expect a full update come Gainesville and a whole lot of crazieness as the Fest Kicks into high gear. Check out AtticaAttica.org or the Fest site for Aaron's showtimes and thanks for reading.
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