The non-biking fun we have
This trip can be an emotional rollercoaster, so after writing about some lows in my last post, I wanted to share some fun(ny) moments with everyone!
On one of my rides earlier this week with my friends Sascha and Rachel (who is now back from her elbow injury!), we only had about 50 miles, so it was a pretty short ride. Halfway through, we for some reason started talking in a British accent, and decided that we should maintain it for the entirety of our ride. Granted, none of us had particularly good or accurate British accents; I can say myself that my accent kept going back and forth between Southern and British. Anyway, to kill some time on our short ride, we decided to sit in a corn field, and had the brilliant idea of prank calling people. We called two of our fellow riders who were riding in the van that day, and proceeded to sell them "revolutionary beauty products" made from local manure. It was hilarious, and gave us some fits of laughter that seemed to relieve my muscles a little bit. We do plan to continue prank calling, SO, if any of my fellow riders are reading this right now, I expect you all to keep this a secret!
You may also be interested to know that we have a very unofficial "Fun Committee" that is planning several events that we've all come up with along our ride, one of which, is prom. We haven't yet voted on the theme (the options are 90s, famous couples, anything but clothes, and high school stereotypes), but we have decided that it will be in Moab, Utah, when we have a day off. The other notable aspect of our planned prom is that all invitations must be done in a very public manner. Meg, on our news team, asked Trevor during the news channel portion of our route meeting one morning. Michael asked Sascha to prom with a video when we had one of our affordable housing presentations. But the one story I want to tell is Todd's: on what was supposedly National Corn Day, we came across a chalk note along our ride that said something like:
"I, Todd, in honor of National Corn Day, would like to ask to prom the person who presents me with the most corn at dinner tonight."
We nominated Kelsey to bring Todd corn, and after receiving permission from a member of our host church, picked several corn stalks and turned Kelsey into a stalk of corn herself. It was an epic prom invitation, and it'll be really hard to top!
As for my prom plans, I am thinking I should do a public invitation for another female rider. I mean, there are only 12 males on our trip, so some girls are just going to have to go together. There are also an odd number of people on our trip, so, maybe I'll be a polygamous prom-goer?
We had a very memorable host in Pittsfield, Illinois, for several reasons. These hosts were so hospitable, and having hosted Bike and Build for at least 6 years, know exactly what makes Bike and Builders feel at home: snacks when we arrive, pool access (where I relived my one year on my high school varsity diving team), fresh fruits and veggies, etc. However, a few things stood out about this host. First, they remembered our "sweep" riders who stay behind everyone else; they even created a "sweep" out of a broom and a previous year's Bike and Build shirt. Second, many church members rented local hotel rooms for us, and several of us got to stay in their own homes, which meant we had real beds for a night! Third, they had a birthday cake made for all the July birthdays. Fourth, they gave all of us postcards, pre-stamped, to write to our loved ones. Every gesture was so thoughtful and went a long way!
I also was sweep with one of my leaders, Stan, last week. We had some really great conversations, and about 10 miles before we arrived to our host, we saw a raccoon on the side of our bike path. In all honesty, I don't think I've seen a real raccoon before; I've seen a lot of road kill raccoon (sadly) but no live ones! (And, aren't they nocturnal?) While I know it's not a good idea, I really wanted to feed it, and was totally successful!!! Stan caught it all on tape! As you can imagine, I was wooing the raccoon for a bit before he started recording :)
We also had an awesome DM recently- a Justin Bieber life size cutout! He has now become our lunch stop host, and likes to creep and lurk behind trees.
Lastly, we are in Kansas now! 12 out of 18 states done! Woohoo! I have a lot of pictures to share, so enjoy!