Day 2: Mansfield to West Hartford

This morning I awoke with numb arms, having slept on them.  During breakfast (Tina and Greg made blueberry pancakes), I embarrassingly drank a sip of maple syrup that had been placed in front of me in a mug before realizing it wasn’t coffee.  The day was off to an interesting start.

Morning of October 11th before leaving Tina and Greg's house

Greg and Gioia snapped some photos of us before we left Mansfield.  We were only 6 or 7 miles from the UCONN Dairy Bar, so our first stop was to get ice-cream.  Twelve miles later, we broke for lunch at Nature’s Grocer in Tolland.  This is a great natural foods store, where I must return some day (and of course stop at the dairy bar while in the area).  After lunch, we rode to Hartford and stopped at a park and caught up on missed phone calls while waiting for Phil, our Warm Showers host for the evening, to get home from work.  Somewhere along the last mile to the house, another cyclist, Bill, started riding and chatting with us.

Sitting on a bench in a park in Hartford

Phil was very generous when we arrived at his beautiful home in West Hartford.  He cooked a wonderful dinner while we showered, and he even drove us to the nearby Best Buy so we could buy a netbook.  Now we can finally work on getting the website filled with content, upload photos and videos, and, most importantly, figure out how to get maps for Garmin.  When we arrived back at the house, we met Phil’s wife, Bobbie, who had just started a new job.  The two of them had used Warm Showers once previously when riding a tandem bicycle in Rhode Island, and they are excellent hosts.  Already, I am definitely eating better than I ever have when I lived alone in Providence.  Both Phil and I hope that we can someday be as hospitable to other travelers in the future.

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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