Following our zero day where I did everything possible to make my leg better, I still had a sleepless night from the achiness in my leg and burning sensation in my foot. I have an arsenal of medications with me, but I do my best to minmize their use to avoid reaching a point of reliance. However, with plans to get back on the road and a decent amount of pain, I tried out one of my new drugs. I have been taking 3 ibuprofen and 1 percocet four times per day. Now add to that 1 Lyrica, a nerve pain killer. We’ll see how it works?
By the time we got packed up and ready to leave Sacramento, it was pouring rain. We loaded the car and hooked up the trailer as quickly as we could. Before taking off I decided to take a “last check” of all of the trailer connections. In the hurriedness from the rain and loopiness of the Lyrica, I dropped the the trailer hitch onto the ball mount without fastening it, so the connection was never made. The hitch was just resting on top of the ball. It wouldn’t have taken long before we would have lost the trailer.
For our meals, rather than finding a consensus, we decided to start rotating picks. I picked Thai with the chicken satay the night before, so it was Mom’s turn to choose lunch. Surprise, surprise…Mexican. Fortunately, we just happen to be in “Mexico City,” surrounded by several Mexican restaurants. Purely from the aesthetics of the building we stopped at Caballo Blanco. Not the best Mexican food we’ve had on the trip, but very good. Everything was very fresh, and homemade right down to the corn chips.
Our destination of Modesto was only a short ride away, where we were meeting up with some people my parents ran into on a vacation, Reuben and Teresa. Last summer, at a B&B in the Adirondack’s, Mom and Dad met Reuben and Teresa who were close to completing a cross-country biking trip on their tandem bicycle (www.2bumsonabike.com). Intrigued by their choice of transportation, Mom and Dad talked to them for a while and then took them out to dinner. Given our own cross country trip, Shannon and I were interested in meeting them as well. We had a great visit learning more about their trip and seeing their amazing home that they’ve been working hard to restore. They also gave us some great advice about parts of California that we should check out and explore while on our trip. Of particular interest to us was finding artichoke farms. Very familiar with eating artichokes, but unfamiliar with the actual plant, Theresa gave an impression to help us visualize. When we do see the plant, I will be sure to repost this interpretation for accuracy. Thanks so much Ruben and Teresa for a great visit and afternoon in Modesto.