When I finally left the house to grab some breakfast and then pick up Ron M. for our drive to Afton, it was raining quite hard and was as dark as Ive ever seen it. That was the point at which my sweet brown Subaru developed a mind of its own, hopped a curb, and had an encounter with a small tree. Oh, just great. The car was clearly not driveable, thus began the whole procedure -- calling the police, calling Ron to come and get me, calling the tow truck, calling the AAA, etc., etc.
Ron came and got me and once the car was taken away to a collision place that I trust, we headed for the rental car place and I got myself a not beautiful but certainly serviceable white Toyota Camry. By this time, we knew we would be late getting to Afton, but remarkably we were just less than an hour past the usual 9:30 opening time.
From then, the day got better, the highlight being a visit from these two couples from Cincinnati, OH. The husbands are bicycling all the way across Route 66 (and from there on to Virginia Beach, VA) while the wives follow along as a support team, having plenty of fun themselves. This intrepid team is doing all this to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis, a nasty disease which has affected one of their families in in several ways. They were using Afton Station as a rest stop so they stayed for a while and we sure enjoyed their visit. Check out their website at www.jeffandrandyrideforms.org and consider making a donation.
Other visitors came from Pittsburgh PA, Welch OK, and London, England. It was a short day but once I stopped stressing over my car, it was a nice one. Special thanks to Ron M. who helped all along the way as always.