At the end of the day my right leg is severely swollen. I sleep with it elevated at night to help drain the fluids accumulated during the day. However, when I wake up in the morning, it is always still slightly more swollen than the day day before. I can feel a tumor in a lymph node around my groin growing from day to day. I know my leg is not getting better, but worse each day. Today is my best day! I’m continuously reminded that I need to do what makes me happy, and live life to the fullest. I have thought A LOT lately about how to do this; I can’t think of a thing to do differently than I always have. I have concluded that this means I have always lived my life to the fullest and I am happy!
We woke up this morning just outside Savannah, GA. Although anxious to get to our final destination of Orlando, FL, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride through Savannah. Aaron and I (with Shannon on back) drove around on the bikes, and mom and dad followed in the car. It was the abbreviated tour, but enough to get a flavor of the area. Savannah’s historic buildings and landscaping are amazing.
On to Orlando! However, along the way, we planned to stop for lunch; dad’s criteria was very modest, an authentic shack in a small town. This always sounds good, but is often a disappointment. I was sleeping in the back of the car when I was awoken for lunch. I was so tired, and really not that hungry, so I came very close to skipping; I’m so glad I didn’t. We stumbled on the best BBQ joint I have ever seen: Captain Stan’s Smokehouse. This place was truly amazing; it takes Rochester’s best, Dinosaur BBQ, flips it on it’s back, and hog-ties it! First, the ambiance was perfect; it was a small shack with a pavilion like structure all centered on an open fire pit. Second, the food was perfect; I had the Boston Butt Sandwich and it was the best BBQ sandwich I have ever had! But best of all was Captain Stan. He was one of the most interesting and genuine people I have ever met. He has a background ranging from rancher, to TV star, model, entrepreneur, and more. You can check out his place at: http://www.captainstanssmokehouse.com/. Before leaving we contributed to his wall of peace. This is a tradition where he paints your hand, you plant it on his fence and sign it.
The rest of the afternoon was a nice motorcycle ride toward Aaron’s house in Orlando; finally some nice weather! In Orlando, the rest of the family was waiting: Ryan, Makiko, Evan, Owen, Elisa, Kayla, and Ashlyn; a full house. So great to have the entire family together. We had dinner, then celebrated Makiko’s Birthday. Happy Birthday Makiko!
After dinner I met up with a huge crew from R. E. Ginna. Ken, Dan, Emily & Dan, Brendon, Bob, and John had all traveled from New York to Orlando on extremely short notice to be a part of my adventure; so great to have them here with me. We had several drinks at Shamrock’s Irish Bar; it was during this time that Emily announced to me that my teammates at Ginna had taken up a collection to support my adventure; this is truly an amazing gift; Thank you all!