Day 12 – June 29, 2001
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Sunnyside, WA - Yakima,
14.95 average speed
stopped in Washington
2:55:52 total ride
855.14 total trek miles
We learned our lesson. Yesterday our bodies were screaming
for us to stop and we
didn't, so today we finally listened. We woke up when we woke up,
which was late because we were sleeping in the basement. We ate
a leisurely breakfast, played with the children, and slowly prepared
for our daily ride. Joey and I have been having some knee problems
which we have tried to keep quiet, but since they're getting better
we feel we can now mention them. Mary, at whose house we were staying,
gave both of us a essential oil massage that made both our knees
feel fantastic. Going the extra mile was when she stayed up 'til
midnight making us dinner. Massaging our knees was something different
altogether. It's not that she just massaged the knees of two college-age
guys. She massaged the knees of two guys with shaved legs.
That, my friends, is sacrifice.
ride to Yakima was uneventful and fast. We were all feeling good
and strong and we arrived in good time. While we were riding the
freeway, we did see a young woman crouched behind a TV camera pointed
at us, but we, like idiots, didn't stop to ask why. Luckily, there
is no justice in this world but it is filled with mercy, so shortly
after we arrived at the home where we were to stay the night that
same reporter called to interview us. We were on the eleven o'clock
family we're staying with tonight are the parents of the family
we stayed with last night. They are treating us like their own children.
They got us dinner, let us soak in the hot tub, and baked us cookies.
Most of us have been very gracious and have thanked them appropriately.
Dan, however, must not have been particularly thankful because he
knocked their screen door off its tracks. He'd like us to think
it was "unintentional" but we all know Dan has a lot of
pent up aggression that he's been waiting to take out on stranger's
sliding doors. He probably just wanted more Hawaiian pizza with