Rest in Atlanta

After two long days of riding, we really needed some rest.  On Tuesday, Drew and Julie had to work, but they ended up going in late after joining us for breakfast.  While Phil napped, I went to the pool with intentions of swimming.  The water was so frigid, I barely managed to go in all the way, keeping my shoulders and head out of the water.  I just soaked there for 20 minutes, warmed up for 20 minutes, and then repeated, hoping it would do something beneficial for the sore legs.

Julie left us her car so we could go out while they were at work.  Unfortunately, Atlanta is not the most pedestrian friendly city, as it sprawls out so far.  After I showered, we drove out to a local ice-cream factory, but they were only open for tours on weekends so we had to go somewhere else for ice-cream.

Julie, me, Ryan, Phil and Drew at Leon's in Decatur

Bryon, who we stayed with in Greenville, had e we get in touch with another couchsurfer while in Atlanta, Ryan, who had done a lot of bicycle touring.  Ryan met the four of us for dinner at a place in Decatur called Leon’s.  Good company, good food and good conversation made for a wonderful evening.

On Wednesday morning, Phil slept in until almost 11am.  We had originally planned to leave that day, but it was raining and severe thunderstorms were predicted all day so we decided to stay an extra night with our friends in Atlanta.  We met Julie and Drew downtown for lunch and then explored the Westin hotel, which has a rotating top floor with an observation area.  After walking back to the apartment, I walked to a hot yoga class.  Julie and Drew made steak and salad for supper, and we all shared wine, pumpkin pie and ice-cream before going to sleep.

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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