Sunday, August 9, 2009
Warm Showers Guest
My co-workers are having a wonderfull time with the name of that organization. However if you a bicycle tourer, warm showers can be a great resource.
Bob, an Englishman who now lives in Florida was having a difficult time finding campgrounds on this leg of his route. He is riding his bike up the Atlantic Coast Route from Florida to Maine. He decided to contact a warm shower host and rang me up. It didn't take long for me to decide that Bob was on the up and up. Being a footie fan really added a lot of "cred" to his request for a place to stay.
My intention was to have him join our regular Saturday evening dinner gang but he would be arriving too late. Approaching our house after an over the top lobster dinner, I spotted the Surley Long Haul Trucker on my front lawn sporting a very fancy looking Yak trailer.
We offered him a warm shower and the use of the washer and dryer before he and I set out to Pub 99 for a couple of cold beers. Easy conversation about footie, biking and life in general, passed the time and helped the beers go down smoothly.
I decided to give Bob a tour of Fairhaven. Problem is that Fairhaven is a Revolutionary War site. After a couple of sentences Bob remarked "oh boy, more stories of English getting thier arsed kicked. I abandoned the war sights to show him the archetecture that was built by the towns benefactor Henry Huttleston Rogers (video)
Bob was a very gracious and comforable guest. All the people and most of the animals took to him nicely. The exception was our new dog, Jenny, who has only been with us for five weeks. Bob was the first "stranger" in the house for Jenny and she was a little miffed. Because she is a new dog, we had to put her out while Bob was there. That and the fact she is a Pit Bull, but Bob was a trooper.
Bob left this morning for his 70 mile ride to Provincetown Ma. He'll have some really good stories about that place I'm sure.