Happy Thanksgiving from Mississippi!

Phil made breakfast in the morning, and baked an apple pie to bring to Crystal’s cousin’s house in Collinsville.  I ate a mixture of avocado, banana and cottage cheese and made some phone calls outside, where the sun was warm and phone reception was decent.

Phil, Crystal and me at Daphne's house for Thanksgiving

When the pie was out of the oven and Crystal was ready to go, we drove to her cousin Daphne’s house, about 15 minutes away.  At least 30 family members were in town from all over for the holiday.  I didn’t recognize a lot of the food, but it was all delicious.  I even enjoyed the deep-fried turkey.  There was cornbread stuffing, corn casserole, a baked bean/meat dish, ham, broccoli rice casserole, green beans disguised in a creamy dressing, and mashed potatoes.  Of course, the desserts are always my favorite, and I had to save room for the pies, puddings, and cake.  Aside from the desserts that Phil and I brought, there was pecan pie, a lemon layered pudding dessert with a pecan crust, yellow cake with chocolate frosting, and banana pudding.  Banana pudding is something I’ve seen almost everywhere since we reached Alabama, and it’s incredible.

After eating, the family dispersed – the kids played outside with the dog, some watched football, and most of them just talked.  Several hours later, after many people had gone home, the food was broken out again.  I had a second course of much of the same food, plus extra banana pudding.

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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