Wednesday morning, I contacted Mike again, realizing they'd be out of cellphone coverage soon after leaving Hatch, NM. Primarily, I called him to tell him that and to ask that he call me after he got over Emory Pass and was back in cellphone coverage, which would be around San Lorenzo, NM. That way, I'd have a decent idea of when to expect them at our house. About 1pm on Thursday, Mike contacted me to inform me of their whereabouts...San Lorenzo, NM...about 20+ miles from Silver City. Knowing the terrain and how loaded touring bikes can slow the pace, I approximated their time of arrival to be around 4pm. I told Mike to call me when he got to the Walmart in Silver City and that I'd direct him to our house from there.
They came farther into town than the Walmart and called me from the parking lot of Adobe Springs Restaurant, which is about 10 minutes away. Gave directions and waited. Stepped out to the front porch and soon saw Mike coming up College St. On arrival to our house, I had them bring their bikes to the back of the house. Quite safe back there and easier access to the house, as well. Showed them the room, how to use the lights (remote control), and the bathroom. Soon they were taking showers and I was finishing up making soup, cooking salmon, making a salad, cooking rice. Found out Loren is a vegetarian. Well, we had enough to feed her and us, so all was good.
Good couple. And daring souls to boot. They started this trip in Connecticut, after returning from Europe. Plan was to check out towns as they cruised across America...checking out people, places, vibes, etc....hoping to find "the" place. Seems like New Orleans is the lucky city that will be the home for these two for a while to come. Got to be exciting to go looking for a place to be and find it. So many don't. So many don't even try. Anyways, they started this trip with no previous training on loaded touring bikes! Good to be young and strong. And lots of willpower. As they've journeyed, they've become more experienced, stronger, and confident. Always good to see this kind of development. Soon, they'll be part of that elite group of people who have, despite maybe knowing better, surrendered to the joys of the road and headed off into the horizon on a bicycle. These two are graduates of Evergreen College in Washington. In their search for a home and place to be, one guiding principle was that it had to be different than Olympia, WA, or other cities of the same/similar ilk. NOLA, here they come!
Ok, here's a photo and a few videos. One of the videos, as expected, didn't turn out...the video is fine. The audio is the fast paced Donald Duck talk. Who knows why this happens? I don't. The other two turned out. Whatever...we enjoyed having these two stay with us. Hope to see them in New Orleans when I do my long trip in 2015. Sent them on their way this morning wit French toast made from a cranberry walnut bread. Oh, and espressos, too. They want to be home by Christmas. I think they'll make it with time to spare. Happy trails!
|Mike Long and Loren Farese getting ready to head on out to Blackjack Campground.|
Mike and Loren saying hello/goodby Silver City!
Mike and Loren saying hello/goodbye Silver City Donald Duck style!!
Mike and Loren heading out....Ok, now it's time to say adios and close this post with a tune...hmmm, Mike plays cello; Loren plays banjo and other instruments...so, what would be appropriate??? A little New Orleans Jazz 2012 style. Here's to your new home, guys!