16 Jul Day 19: Sleepy (Day Off)
During our third day off of our trip, we settled into somewhat of a natural flow. We both already knew what needed to happen this day – breakfast, laundry, blog, dinner, and sleep. We were even lucky to have a television in our motel room, which was pretty much locked on the Tour de France when it was on. We followed this routine to the “T” as the day went on.
Waking up on our own without an alarm at 9AM was much needed. We were both exhausted from the previous week of riding and our bodies thanked us by letting us sleep in until we had to get up and start the chores of a day off. We first grabbed breakfast at the local McDonalds restaurant in hopes of sending off the backlog of blog posts for the week. Unfortunately, that didn’t work, so we just went to the laundromat a few blocks away from our motel and started on our single load of laundry.
I attempted to upload my blog post once again at the local Safeway a block away since they offered free WiFi. No luck. Apparently, my hosting provider does not support an API required by my blogging app. So instead, I copied and pasted out of the app and into the web page of my blog and published them. It took me an hour or so to do Day 12, but I finally got that out before Sang Hyun texted me letting me know that our laundry was about to be finished. I walked back, and we wrapped up laundry duties.
We then returned to our motel room to hang dry some of the clothes that weren’t entirely dry, before I decided to go to the local library, which was conveniently located about 4 blocks away. You heard right. I went to visit the local library in Florence, Oregon. It was nice as I was amongst several senior citizens who were eagerly waiting for the library to open at 1PM. I successfully republished all my backlog of blogs and went back to the motel room to interrupt a slumbering Sang Hyun. We then spent an hour watching the TdF before we went out for dinner at the local Thai restaurant. Dinner was delicious and satisfying as we ended it on a sweet note of mango sticky rice for dessert.
We walked over to the Safeway again to load up on some groceries and snacks for our ride tomorrow. That’s when the mist of the fog turned into small raindrops, and we were both damp walking back into our warm room. We stayed indoors the rest of the evening to finish up the TdF and repack our bags for the next week of riding. I’m actually excited about what we’ll be facing this week as we will be crossing over to the California border and wrapping up the entire Oregon coast. We’re inching closer and closer to home, and I’m both excited and sad.