Many thanks to Sarah! She dominated her driving job while also staying up late to handle a lot of social media responsibilities and website work. She will continue to do those jobs back home, and I can’t thank her enough for postponing her summer to help me out. She got dropped off at the airport yesterday after one last breakfast at Waffle House. From there, I had a long 6.5 hours of waiting for Mike’s (the new driver) flight to arrive.
Laundry, rear-wheel truing, car wash and vacuuming can only take up so much time. Finally, the time came and I picked him up for an immediate drive to Lawrence (about an hour away) to see a looped performance of South Pacific at the Theatre in Lawrence. A hearing loop directly puts sound from microphones or speakers into a hearing aid or cochlear implant, making it much more enjoyable for a person with hearing loss to see live performances.
It really was a great performance. Its been a long time since I have seen a live musical. The actors seemed extraordinary. We met Terry Shirley there, who invited us in the first place. She does so much work for the HLAA, and just began a new chapter in the Kansas City area. She has been a big volunteer for Jacob’s Ride and the HLAA for a long time.
It was a late night and an early morning, however. We didn’t get to bed until 11:30 and we woke up at 5:40. We had a long drive back to Horton in order to start the ride, and it felt weird at first to have a new driver, especially one that I had never met before! But we had a great first day together. The bike was on the road by 8:00 am and breaks kept to 25 minutes. We were able to wrap it up at 4:36 pm.
Mike is from the Annapolis area, and I can’t thank him enough. He recently retired, and I’m glad he’s with me.
I’m currently watching Jurassic World at the open-captioned drive in, Boulevard Theater in Kansas City. It’s a great place to be. So many people remembered me from two years ago when I made a stop and saw Planes. Tomorrow is another day off and we are attending the Kansas City Royals game. The Royals swept the Orioles in the ALCS last year, so I’m going to wear my hat and hopefully get some sympathy!