I arrived at the Columbus airport to find someone had arranged for a quartet from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to come out and send me off with music. Hey, thanks for whoever arranged that.
I flew to Phoenix, rented a car and drove to Solvang, arriving on Friday morning. Don't ask why I decided to drive 500 miles. I arrived in Phoenix at 6:30pm on Thursday, spent a couple of hours at a rest stop in Palm Springs, CA and arrived in Solvang at 7:00am on Friday morning All I can say is I will drive 8 hours rather than sit in a plane for 2 hours. Plus, I have to fly out of Phoenix in 3 weeks so it makes sense if you think about it, for a long time. Got the bike box out of storage at the hotel, put the bike together in the parking lot while talking to the lady who is leading the Trek Travel Women's tour. Rode over to Dr. J's bike shop where they made sure all the bolts and nails were installed properly and then rode around the valley to make sure everything was ok. Winds were 25+mph and lost interest after 20 miles.
Kind of tired after a long 24 hours and fell asleep while calculating the Wilson family ncaa bracketts. My oldest daughter is leading but like Reds' manager Sparky Anderson was quoted, after someone asked him about the standings back in the mid 70's when the Reds were 10 games back of the Dodgers, "They may be 10 games ahead but they are chasing us." The Reds ended up winning the division going away and what a confident comment to make. Anyway, I may be a point or two back but my wife, children, son-in-law, future daughter-in-law or chasing me, I think. Much, much more to come.