Yesterday night and tonight are quite possibly the most comfortable nights of the trip thus far. Last night was spent at the Nolan House B and B with the jovial owner, Patrick. Patrick collects antique tractors, gave lectures on Jesse James at the local historical society and enjoys drag racing. He gave us a fabulous history lesson about the B and B and provided us witha fantastic breakfast spread at 6:30 this morning--that is service. Patrick's laughter was effusive and got us through many a hard patches in our 90 mile bike ride today. The true bait that kept us pedaling onward was knowing that my Uncle George would pick us up at the end of our ride and take us for a night in Carbondale, IL.
When his truck pulled up, my legs surrendered and my heart fluttered. Don't get me wrong. I am absolutely loving this trip, but a day off in the comfort of family was quite appealing. Surprisingly, I found the 90 mile trip in George's truck to be one of the more anxious moments of my past several days. I haven't exactly been riding at 70 mph. The speed terrified me. But, I just sat quietly in the back aware of how ridiculous my fear was. Upon arriving at a home cooked meal, I was more excited to be out of an automobile than in a house. Still, the food smelled great, and it was nice to launch into conversations with more than just my dad... though my dad is a superb conversationalist. Still, I feel a little uneasy. I feel a little guilt even. Shouldn't I be in a sleazy motel right now? Shoudn't I have my stuff tidily stacked ready to be packed and on the bike by 7?
What's that you say? My aunt got me a massage appointment for tomorrow? I can sleep in? I have time to get caught up on work? Oh my. I guess I'm back in America. The reprieve is nice. But, I'm glad we aren't done. I could use another week in Biketopia.