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11/14/2007 Entry: "Port Allegany to Wellsboro"
After Seager's update yesterday, he left the library and biked down an amazing hill for five miles and then downhill some more for five more miles. The ride from Mt. Jewett to Smethport was amazing and fast and beautiful. The ride from Smethport to our overnight town, Port Allegany, was amazing and slow and beautiful. The entire ten-ish miles where straight up and straight down, the kind of hills that you look up and beyond the summit only see clouds. Despite my troublesome shifting, I quite enjoyed the hills since my new cassette gives me a lower granny gear.
MinWah got into Port Allegany before me and Seager, and secured a backyard for us to crash in through connections at the Dollar General store. Jim and Morisa had a wonderful, big back yard. They and their neighbors where very gracious and provided us with lots of fresh garden vegetables and other goodies to supplement our ramen noodle dinner.
This morning was very misty and dreary, but Morisa helped make waking up easier by cooking us breakfast and bringing out a pot of tea. There is nothing like a hot drink on a cold morning! We groggily packed up our gear and rolled out of town. After about half an hour I started wondering where Seager was, since he hadn't passed me like he usually does. MinWah and I stopped to wait for him about 20 miles out, and when he rolled up he explained that he had gotten yet another flat, and his brakes had been rubbing. I thought he was probably just making excuses, since the real reason he was so slow is that today he reached the halfway point to 54 years, and he is just too old to deal with this lifestyle anymore. Nothing else of real note happened until after lunch, when we had decided to meet at the "Pennsylvania Grand Canyon." On the way down a hill, I hit some unidentified metal object that quickly put two holes in my front tire. One of them was on the rim, so while I was patching the tire, I decided to replace my rimtape as well. After about a half an hour, a nice lady drove by and said she would tell my friends that I had a flat. By the time I reached MinWah, she had been waiting for what must have been over an hour. Seager, luckily, had gone ahead to Wellsboro and found us a place to stay in the backyard of the Natural Foods Store (where I got more Dr. Bronners soap!). As of right now, MinWah is not yet in town, since she decided to go another route to see the said Grand Canyon. Tonight we will celebrate Seager's birthday with ice cream and brownies and Faygo (PA soda) if we can find it. I hope you are all well.
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Ariel, Minwah, and Seager....
You guys were a joy to have in our yard, overnight...
You good people did EXACTLY as we asked about your litter and that totally impressed us!
ANYTIME you folks ride thru Port Allegany, again, you come and stay with us, PLEASE!
We'd love to hear from you again!
Jim and Morisa
Posted by Jim and Morisa @ 11/14/2007 06:48 PM CST
Happy Birthday a few days late to Seager. I suppose you should be getting to Boston any day now so here's an early congratulations. It was great to see you on RAGBRAI and I look forward to seeing you on RAGBRAI next year. Congrats again on the cross-country trip!
Posted by Jesse @ 08/16/2007 08:35 PM CST
Hi from the Ferrari family,
I've been meaning to write since you left, but there never seems to be much time. I found a bottle of the soap that i just read you bought another bottle of. Sorry, I should of written sooner. I can mail it to your home if you give me an address. Your visit with us was really inspiring. It made us realize there's more to life than waking up and doing the same thing every day. We will continue to pray for a safe and fun trip for all of you.
Posted by Vickie Ferrari @ 08/16/2007 03:39 AM CST
Happy Birthday again! But now that that's over, we can start concentrating on...MY BIRTHDAY! 10 days to go!
Love from all of us.
Posted by Sis @ 08/15/2007 06:02 AM CST
Happy Birthday, Pookie-Pot-Pie!
I'm sorry to hear about your bike problems. Is MinWah simply a better rider than you other two? I don't hear about her having any problems with shifting, tires, or hubs. Nary a broken spoke. You should ask her for tips.
Posted by The Wife @ 08/14/2007 03:30 PM CST
Leave A Note! YAY! We are loved!