Day 59: Guess who we met!!! (spoken word piece but it's written cuz it's a blog)
so maybe it's a poem then i don't know what this is
Wednesday August 2, 2023
Baker, NV -> Ely, NV
61.44 mi, 4,359 ft actually, it was 20 mi in ice cold rain fighting hypothermia until rescue by van
very loud cows mooing, but almost like they were screaming
in the wee hours of the morning we were woken
unzipped the tents to see the screaming cows
Audrey and Lucy were the fast ones, they were
eager to get a start on the day so off they took
biking west to our next stop
As we packed the tents we first
felt the drops of rain start to fall
and before long the desert was pouring
ice cold rain
while Vin, Kat, and Duha took shelter at the visitor's
center, me and Andrew rushed to rescue
window wipers beating the cow screams
were just the beginning the fog creeping
in the edges of the window shield as we raced
down the highway the thunder roaring
we saw ahead a tiny figure, pedaling through he storm
and we scooped up our Lucy and her bike and we picked
up Audrey, they were
drenched to the skin fighting hypothermia.
crazy crazy bikers.
The first of us arrived in Ely, where a generous donor
had provided us beds for the night (thank you)
Meanwhile, Andrew drove back to get the others
Highway 50 is called
the loneliest road
so lonely they gave us books to stamp
a 6 mile drive to the other visitor center
meanwhile, i took a four hour nap in the hotel room
meanwhile, they went to the park to cook dinner
and soon it flooded again and we raced to rescue them home.
at least Lucy got her tire fixed.
we decided to go to Rolberto's Mexican Food Ely.
I had my plate of food, a plate of beans and rice and carnitas and spicy spicy sauce, and I noticed a man standing in front of me, eyeing my sweatshirt. "You went/go to MIT?" -Bill, MIT Class of '8_, BC Bomber, Course 8 (yay! apparently my college degree is useful??) and 14, taking a road trip across America with his puppy who somehow stopped in Ely (pop. 4002) and wanted Mexican for dinner at the same time as 7 Spokes.
What are the odds????
Anyways, Bill, thank you for joining us for dinner, and for hanging out with us today! What a coincidence and how lucky are we to meet an MIT alumni like this, just by chance! Thank you for the stories of your old MIT shenanigans, and for listening to all of our lives and hopes and believing in us. It's opportunities and bump-ins like this that make this trip so memorable.
i have pics of the rain that may be uploaded when i get better wifi