Four Warm Showers

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This week was our fourth time in as many years to host touring cyclists who located us through the online hospitality organization Warm Showers. Four graduates of Bard College are cycling from Irvine, California the outer banks of North California and perhaps back to New York.

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Bill, Paul, Sam and Hannah arrived at our farm twelve minutes before the sudden arrival of a bad thunderstorm. They had time to stash their bikes in the red barn and carry panniers to the house before wind and rain belted Lost City. The storm didn’t last long and by the time it’d passed our guests had showered and had begun to settle in. Over dinner of quiche, salad, bread and homemade cookies they shared stories, told us about themselves, their dreams and experiences.

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As the night wore on and yawning began, Chris and I adjourned to the upstairs and left the four travelers to spread out sleeping bags on the lower floor with a request to let Tess the dog out if she whined.

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After breakfast this morning Chris loaded the bikes in the back of the farm truck and took Bill, Paul, Sam and Hannah to the blacktop which would be the starting point of today’s ride of seventy or so miles to Fayetteville, Arkansas and their next stop.

Whenever older people rant or bemoan the youth of today I wish they could have the opportunity that we had last night. Spending an evening with intelligent, articulate and interesting people of any age is a joy, and our guests were much enjoyed and I couldn’t have hoped to meet a finer group.

Paul, Hannah, Sam and Bill
If you’d like to follow the blog of Hannah, Paul, Sam and Bill’s bicycle tour 

Remember to share the road — and occasionally your table and/or shower.


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