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Concert in Columbus: Living it up in Ohio for a few days before the pedaling begins

Concert in Columbus: Living it up in Ohio for a few days before the pedaling begins

We’re staying with Craig’s old Navy buddy and his wife, Kevin and Trish, for a few days in the neat little town of Troy, Ohio before we continue onto D.C.

Kevin’s planned a crazy weekend for us. Last night we drove up to Columbus, OH, checked in at the Drury Lodge and went to a Nickelback concert. Okay I admit that Nickelback wouldn’t have been my first choice in music-groups-I-gotta-see. But I’ll tell you what, those guys put on an amazing show complete with some mind-blowing pyrotechnics. I’ve never seen anything like it. Kudos Nickelback dudes. I think you’re kinda creepy but you know how to rock the house.

In the morning we met a Warm Showers friend of ours, Francesca, who just moved to Columbus. Francesca stayed with us for a week last year as she was cycling across the U.S. After that she spent a year touring around India on her bike. Neat gal. She taught me how to make spring rolls and my life is infinitely now better! Anyway she cycled about 5 miles to meet us in our hotel lobby and we walked a half-mile to the coolest little coffee shop for breakfast and good coffee. We’ll see her on our way back through Ohio in two weeks and then maybe I’ll remember to take her picture.

We really enjoyed tooling around Columbus last night and this morning with Kevin and Trish on our way home. Neat, fun, clean, trendy, bikeable, hip city. Who knew?

Now we’re back in Troy and gearing up for a big blowout party at Kevin and Trish’s this evening. We’re expecting over 70 peeps and Kevin has even hired a band. We’re roasting up the barbeque, icing down the beers. It’s going to be a wild and crazy evening. They’ve got the coolest place out in the country with a big chunk of land and a sweet guesthouse where we’re staying. Awesome place to chill for a few days before our bike tour.

Tomorrow’s a recovery recovery day and then we’re back on the road on Monday.

Got the Surlys on the car for now.

Got the Surlys on the car for now.

Pyromaniac's dream show

Pyromaniac’s dream show

That will be us (only with huge yellow panniers) in two days.

That will be us (only with huge yellow panniers) in two days.

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