This morning we woke up and took a late morning motorcycle ride around Aaron’s neighborhood. It was our first ride in a while without the car and trailer (“box”) following behind. Although necessary in the event of bad weather and for storage of the bikes at hotels, it impedes on some of the freedom of the ride. It was nice to bomb around the local roads without worrying about the trailer’s ability to squeak through narrow side streets with cars parked on both sides. The ride was great! The sky was dark from an on-coming storm, which made for a great contrast against the ripe oranges in the orchards.
Aaron wouldn’t tell me where we were headed?? We ultimately stopped in the parking lot of a bookstore. Dad and I waited in the parking lot while Aaron went in; he came back with a copy of “Ghost Rider” by Neil Peart. Ever since Amber recommended this book in an early comment, I’ve been interested in getting a copy. The book is about Peart’s 55,000 mile motorcycle journey across North and South America following a family tragedy; a concept I relate to. I recently made an appointment at Dana-Farber with the CCS specialist, Dr Andrew Wagner. The round trip flight will give me an opportunity to get started on the book. Thanks for the recommendation Amber!
We had dinner this afternoon at Aaron’s in-laws, the Melgarejo’s (Diomedes, Esperanza, Ada, Brian, Stephanie, & Christian). They make the most authentic Peruvian food; they’re Peruvian. The whole meal was excellent: salad with beets, green beans & carrots, soup with barley, corn, and beef, and chicken and potatoes covered in huancaina. My favorite part of the meal, the huancaina (spicy cheese sauce). It was as good as I remembered. There is a slight language barrier between our families, but Aaron and Ada are great interpreters. We had an excellent meal and time!!
Later, Aaron prepared the the sugar cane that we had gotten the day before. I had expectations of a stalk that tastes like granulated sugar; not the case. It really wasn’t that great. It was saturated with water and had only a slight hint of sweetness. Couldn’t resist getting a picture of Shannon, a diabetic, chomping down on it.
Today I also received permission to post the story of another CCS patient, Chris Roberts, under my CCS Friends link. Chris passed away on September, 28th 2010; his story was written by his girlfriend Ashley. Ashley, thank you for sharing Chris’s story. Between all of us, hopefully we will find a common thread.