Today was a particularly short ride even with a 6 mile round trip from Sarah and Howard's place to the Toledo Farmers Market. I met a guy named Drew when I first got to Toledo. He saw my bike outside the coffee shop I was in and he offered me a place to spend the night immediately. After telling him about my warm showers hosts in Toledo, he told me about his delivery/catering service he executes on his bike.
I was finishing up one of the Holey Toledough donuts I got at the coffee shop where his wife works when he told me his friend is the one that makes them. Drew told me I ought to go to the farmers market the next morning to meet Chris, the chef behind Holey Toledough donuts. More donuts? Of course I planned on going. Chris was very interested in my bike journey and gave me a t-shirt right away to wear on the road. Yesterday I only had a glazed donut from his kitchen but today, I got a beautiful boysenberry and cream for the road. Even after this 6 mile detour, I still rode less than 35 miles to Delta today.
I'm staying with Gail and his son, Gail. I met older Gail in Geneva, my first night in Ohio where we stayed at adjacent campgrounds. He didn't hesitate to invite me to stay with him when I got a little further West. Sure enough, I'm here now. Not only do I get to stay with Gail, I also got to meet his parents and one of his sisters while we celebrated his niece's birthday.
They were all a wild bunch that asked me lots of questions about my trip but also traveled down memory lane so I got to hear all the funny and embarrassing stories of Gail and his sister, Trudy when they were younger. Gail's parents live just a few miles from his house and on the short ride home the 2 Gails and myself stares in awe of the evening sky streaked with pink, purple and gold.
We had a nice bon fire in his backyard and listened to all the fireworks his neighbors lit off for the next couple hours.