After a whirlwind trip to Boston it was extremely nice to take it easy this morning. Shannon and I slept in, then I spent the remainder of the morning getting caught up on the mail that Ryan delivered to us in Boston and balancing the checkbook. It’s amazing how quickly you can fall behind and then feel completely out of touch after only a couple weeks on the road; especially for someone with OCD. Meanwhile, Shannon, Ryan, Makiko, Mom, Dad, Aunt Bo, Heather, Jennifer, and Dr. O’Keefe were busy helping me gather more information about the clinical trial using Crizotinib.
In the afternoon Dad and I had the opportunity to get on the bikes and ride around the backroads of Aaron’s neighborhood. I road the Ducati and had some fun working it in the lower gears to feel the acceleration; definitely a fun bike to ride! It will likely get left behind tomorrow as we head back out on the road and I’ll miss riding it. It was amazing to me how quickly the side streets off the six lane roads turn into rural dirt roads. At one point we passed a house with chickens and goats running around freely in the back yard; seemed so odd, but interesting. We couldn’t help but stop and stare for a few minutes. Nick, you said it right, Peglow defines who you are!
For dinner, we drove to St. Petersburg where we met up with Brad & Pat Gratz and Roger & Elizabeth DeHond (CCS parents) at a restaurant called The Columbia; I had really been looking forward to this. It was our first time meeting, but with all that we have in common, they immediately felt like family (see Carolina & Mike’s stories under CCS Friends). We missed Carolina and Mike, but they were with us by phone after dinner. You are all an important part of my support system! Pat & Brad surprised me with a few meaningful gifts; a motorcycle Santa ornament and some thoughtful blessings from their church. Thank you all so much!
While passing through Tampa on our way back to Orlando, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch up with our cousin Eric. On short notice Eric was able to meet up with us at The Bungalow for a few drinks. It had been years since we had been able to spend some time together, and it was great to get catch up.