Many days late and many dollars short, I finally finished up everything that needed to be done before I left. All I have to say is, "Thank goodness for Big Herb!" Big Herb was one of my dad's best friends. I was almost ready to go, but the bike ramp I bought wasn't very sturdy. He stopped up the day I was supposed to take off and mentioned how unsafe my motorcycle rack was. He helped me out and took the time to modify my bike rack so I could transport the Sportster safely. With his help and the help of my friend Louie, we got the last of what needed to be done, done. We (Herb) added extra supports underneath to reduce the wobble and then I practiced riding up the ramp. It was a good thing my nervousness got the best of me. I rode my bike up the ramp and it ended up getting stuck where the ramp met the rack. We (Louie) cut a bit out of each side of the rack to make room where my bike was getting caught. After about three tries, we finally got the bike loaded and ready to go. Bless them both for looking out for me!
With the bike secure, clothes and all the goods moved in, I was ready to head toward Columbus. This was the first time I was taking Roman out on the highway. It was a bit frightening, let me tell you. Twenty-nine feet of home with a bike rack extended in the back... that's a lot to drive. But no worries, I made it safe and sound all the way to Roya's house and managed to only get honked at once. One honk, no running into anyone.. I'll take it!
When I arrived, Roya was at the bar with one of the salesmen from her company, Peter. I'm not going to lie, I was a little irritated upon arrival because she wasn't there and then she asked if I wanted to drive the RV to the bar. Let me think about that... A giant RV with a bike on the back, two dogs in the cab, 8 mpg... no. No, I do not want to drive it to the bar. It was a very short-lived irritation though. Roya and Peter came and picked me up and there's nothing like seeing an old friend after not seeing them for months! We said hello and headed back to the bar they were at. There was a lot of work talk, but after a bit Peter and I got to chatting and he turned out to be a really awesome guy. He told me about his daughter, Mollie, who started something called "The Friendship Project." Her goal is to provide friendship bracelets (free of charge) to kids who are hospitalized so they know they have a friend out there. I thought this was just the sweetest thing. If you're interested in supporting her cause (spreading awareness or requesting a friendship bracelet for someone you know) check out her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friendship-Project/1025721300792990
Another cool thing about Peter is that he and his wife have a website to share dinner recipes. They've got four kids and were having a hard time keeping a balanced diet with everything going on in their daily lives. They started making recipes for the week so they could get everything they needed in one shopping trip, saving time during the week. The beauty of the recipes is that they are adult meals which are "kid friendly" so that everyone can help prepare the meals, giving them more time to spend together as a family. Their recipes and experiences are shared for all to see on their website: http://whatisinpeterspan.com.
I stayed in Columbus for a few days. Our friend, Tony, stopped out to spend the weekend with us. We had a movie night at Roya's on Friday. Roya's friend Sarah (who is my friend now too thanks to this summer's trip to Put-in-Bay) and her husband joined us. On Saturday, we all went to Sarah's place for a costume and board game party. Then on Sunday, Roya and I did a little running around. This was the second highlight of my trip so far. I wanted to get feathers for the dream catchers I'd be making. We went to a craft store and I found some feathers that I thought were gorgeous. The only caveat was that they had fallen out of some bag and were just loose feathers. I couldn't find any more like them and was debating on what to do. My first thought was to just stick them in my pocket. However, I took the honest route and decided to take them to the counter and ask if I could purchase them. I laid them down on the counter and told the lady I'd like to buy them, but they didn't have a price tag because they were just laying on the floor. I immediately started bashing myself on the inside for not shoving them in my pocket when she said, "I can't sell these to you..." But then she finished her sentence, "I can, however, give them to you." I couldn't hold back the giant grin that spread across my face. It really is the little things that make life worth living. Something you may think is a small, meaningless gesture (like giving someone a few feathers) could make someone's day.
I couldn't have asked for a better start to my trip. I got to see old friends, make new friends, and reinforce the fact that there really are still good people in the world.
I'm a city girl off on a journey to find happiness. My blogs will contain stories that I feel are significant to my voyage.