Today we rode into Santa Fe, however I got to ride in the food van with Haley. Riding in the food van is actually pretty stressful. Since we are kind of in the middle of nowhere we decided to drive straight to Santa Fe and get a start on donations for lunch. Food can used to be easier when we drove through smaller towns in between cities. However, lately we don’t pass through any cities before the destination which is slightly annoying. When we got to Santa Fe we immediately started trying to et donations. Me being the coffee fiend that I am, we made a pit stop at Dunkin and also figured we would try for some donuts. Turns out, the manger was awesome and offered to give us 36 donuts. Also, today is J-bears (Jeremy) birthday. For those of you who don’t know, Jeremy has a slight obsession with donuts, so on the shelf at Dunkin was a donut bigger than my head. We asked about it and the manager also gave us one of those as well. I was way too excited about it. After Dunkin we decided to try various places such as Taco Bell, McDonald’s and KFC. Turns out, after about eleven different places we were still empty handed as far as lunch. In full panic mode we decided to try Walmart as a last resort. Haley and I put on the best desperate act we could. After about fifteen minutes, the manger returned with 75 dollars for us to use. This worked out perfectly, we bought various foods for sandwiches and chips. After this it was time for us to head out to the host because the team would be arriving soon. Turns out the address that we had was somehow incorrect. Upon arriving at what we thought was the host, we quickly learned it was not. We once again panicked that we had no where to stay but quickly figured out the correct place.
After detouring the team to the correct host, we surprised Jeremy with his donut. He actually ate the entire thing without sharing, but that is exactly what I expected. Even for him, I was impressed! After the team ate we headed downtown to explore. Santa Fe was definitely one of the more interesting places we have been. It was quiet compared to other cities such as New Orleans and Austin. Around ten the team headed back to the YMCA we were staying at and passed out for the night!
Rest days are wonderful, I’ll start with that. My legs have been sore since the day I left Baltimore and have yet to not be. It’s gotten to the point where I feel as though it’s just a normal thing. Out here on the 4k you learn to adapt to different things. After a whole it all seems like second nature. Today, I hung out with the boys all day. Brad needed to take his bike to REI to see why his chain was making funky noises. So Brad, Matt, Schmeags Danny and I all headed our to REI. I have come to find a new love for bike stores this summer. I could spend hours just aimlessly walking around looking at what cool things they have for my bike. I even convinced the boys to accompany me on a trip to Starbucks, how nice of them! At about 1230 we picked Brads bike up and headed back to the host. The boys and I then went to Buffalo Wild Wings, however, I waited for the girls to pick me up so that we could get whole foods for lunch! Whole foods is an organic food store, they have some of the best prepared foods, but not as good as Wegmans! Wegmans will always hold a special place in my heart. After whole foods me and a couple others went back downtown to enjoy dinner. While downtown, I picked up some more stickers to decorate my bike with, my favorite thing to do! After dinner I went back to the host and went to sleep in order to prepare myself to get back to riding the next day! Tomorrow is Taos!
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