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.
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.