This morning we woke up to another beautiful sunny day with an amazing view of the ocean from the Martello’s condo in Myrtle Beach; apparently clear sunny days are a lot more common in the south than Rochester?? As Sally alluded to in her comment, Martello hospitality was definitely in full swing and I can’t tell you how much this visit meant to me; thank you! As we said our final goodbyes to Linda, I didn’t see Coach Martello. I began to ride off, and then saw him on the opposite side of the road waving and cheering me on once again. This was symbolic to me of all those cross-country races where Coach Martello always drew the best out of me. Coach Martello, you’re in my hall of fame!
It was another cool morning, so we left Myrtle Beach for Charleston, SC in full gear. As the sun rose we were able to pare down more and more layers, which made the ride considerably more comfortable. Eventually it warmed up enough for Shannon to jump on the back of the bike; this was a highlight for me!
We landed in Charleston with just enough time to balm around the battery on the bikes for a little while and grab some dinner. South Carolina is one of those unique states where no motorcycle helmet is required. This usually doesn’t mean much to me, but it sure was fun this time to ride around the battery and check out all of the amazing houses, architectural details, and courtyards with a full view.
Our final destination for the night was Savannah, GA. By the time we left for Savannah, the sun was beginning to set, and again it was cold. To compensate for the cold, Aaron, Dad, and I take turns on the bikes two at a time. Whenever I get back into the car, I can’t help but think of “The Hot Tub” episode of Seinfeld, with Kramer yelling “I can’t get my core temperature back up!”
Today I had the honor of adding another friend under my CCS Friends link; Holly Burke. Holly’s story, written by Holly’s mother Carol, is incredibly inspirational; I would have definitely liked to have known her. This was a particularly difficult read for me as I can’t help but assume that I will face many similar challenges here soon. Carol, thank you for sharing this.
Rochester’s Demacrat & Chronicle posted an article today, Penfield Couple Search for Any Cure for Rare Cancer. This article is about another CCS Friend, Carolina DeHond’s, battle with CCS: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20101202/NEWS01/12020340/1002/NEWS