6/15/2016–Wednesday : today was a day of relatively calm, easy riding– at least compared to yesterday when Kevin and I threw it down hard into mostly head winds. Today — We rode in a group of 4-6 taking in country roads with small farms, covered bridges over streams, more Amish families out in buggies ( they don’t really like their photos take unless asked directly- we respect that) and a classic and truly memorable early afternoon stop at the white turkey drive-in along State Rt. 5 in Conneaut, Ohio just before the Pennsylvania state line. This drive-in serves the best root beer and vanilla ice cream floats and lots of great food. The float was amazing, and the lady who owns the place has had it in her family since 1952. She is a bicyclist who only opens the place from Mothers Day to Labor Day and then heads off each year to the Fla. keys– what a great life. The other really big event today was sprinkling our Pacific sand at the Pa. State line!! When I did that today I was almost overwhelmed inside! 40 years ago I got into my brand new 1976 red firebird — with my parents and spent 4 weeks driving that car across the USA. My parents slept out on the ground 5-6 times during those weeks- a new experience for my mother and the first time for my Father since the Second World War!! Today I re- entered Pa. Going in the opposite direction and spending lots of time thinking of them and how that circle had been closed. Wish I could have had Denise and my children along– but here we are at least sharing some of that experience. There was a tough last 20 miles into Erie,Pa where we spend the night tonight. As we rounded the corner on 5th and State St. heading towards our hotel we saw a Starbucks and everyone said let’s stop! As we got off our bicycles low and behold right next door was a more attractive option after a week of riding nearly 620 miles— Brannigan’s Irish Pub. It is no surprise (I’m sure you would all agree) to discover how much less pain you feel in your body after a pint of Guinness,or in my case – a cold Smithwick, and a bite of shepherds pie!! We suffered through it like the road hardened cyclist we are!! The night finished off with a few slices of pizza an off to bed by our usual 9 PM– mind you there is a limit to the fun!! Great day! By the way, I just got photos of my daughter, Maren and her husband Tyler (the day he graduated from the Alameda County Fire fighters academy) and their 2 children – Addie and Ryland. I had to get them in on the photo fun- love it!