A Small Town Welcome

Trip Start May 19, 2010
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Trip End Jul 24, 2010


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

It was hard leaving my bed this morning knowing that this would be the last time I see true civilization for a long time (meaning, more than one grocery store/gas station). The day ran pretty smoothly except we had bad directions that told us to make a right onto HWY 50 instead of a left. After our detour through downtown Carson City, we were able to meet up with the riders again, who thankfully didn't get lost thanks to Nevada's police escort. We were able to see the riders briefly which got me really pumped for the day. It is always nice to see the ride and why we are here. We helped a little at the water stop in Dayton, NV and then again at the Silver Spring's airport. It was a really flat ride today, so the first riders showed up at the airport for lunch around 10:30, about an hour before I was expecting them. We then booked it to Fallon to unload luggage and check in rooms while also looking for one of the handcyclists who decided to breeze through the water stop and get ahead of the group. Slightly annoying as far as safety goes, but you do have to admire his determination to finish everyday. We got to the hotel just in time too because the riders started trickling in about two hours behind us. We were able to rest for awhile (I finished watching the Lost finale, eh and got to talk to Alex on Skype for a little bit, yay!) before heading over to the capitol to meet the Mayor of Fallon.
It's rides like these that make you appreciate small towns. Even though I couldn't stand to live in one, it was nice to have practically the whole community come and welcome the riders. They had the mayor, junior ROTC, gifts (I got a ridiculously cool american legion trucker hat) and a BBQ for us at the American Legion. The best part though was overhearing the Legion bartender and one of our riders, Scott. She walked right up to him and said that she heard if she took off her shirt, we would give her a free S2SS tshirt. Scott was dumbfounded, but then she offered to trade her shirt for his. They both took off their shirts only to reveal that she was wearing nothing but a black tank top and claimed she didn't need a bra because she isn't very "booby" (FALSE!). Have to appreciate Scott for dealing with the crazy locals so gracefully.
Tomorrow begins our first century into Austin, NV. Not too sure about internet, but I will try to keep this as updated as possible!
(Also, still sick. Possibly developing a fever now)
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