Today I have a to-do list.
1 – Do the laundry
2 – Purchase a bus ticket to Lake Tahoe
3 – Ship the bike back to Florida
4 – Buy a pair of jeans for the rest of the trip (because I only have biking clothes)
5 – Buy a duffel bag to carry my stuff (since I am shipping the panniers back to Florida with the bike)
We took care of the first two items in the morning. Shirley helped me with the laundry, and since all my clothing is made of fabric that doesn’t go in the dryer, we hanged everything in the garage. It worked just fine.
I checked in the Internet the available bus rides to Lake Tahoe. Buses don’t stop in Cameron Park so I will have to get the bus in a city nearby. I couldn’t find one to my final destination –Incline Village — which is located in the north of Lake Tahoe, so after checking with Bill if he could give me a ride, I decided to purchase a ticket in the bus that leaves tomorrow morning, at 10:15 AM from Sacramento and takes me to South Lake Tahoe. I figured that once I get there I will find transportation to the north of the lake.
After taking care of those two items, Bill, Sophia and I left for shopping and shipping.
Bill took us to a nice outlet where Sophia did her shopping at the Nike store (an item she will wear at her pool party tomorrow), Bill purchased what he needed at the Jockey store, and I bought my Levi’s jeans. We ate lunch at the food court and we took the bike and the panniers to Bicycles Plus in Folsom. They said they would take care of packing and shipping, but Taylor told me that it would take them at least one week because they had a lot of work to do before they could get to it. I agreed.
I looked at duffel bags but couldn’t find a simple and inexpensive one; all they had were fancy ones with wheels and handles so I decided not to buy.
Bill showed me a little bit of the historic section of Folsom and we took the scenic road back to Cameron Park. It was a beautiful day.
On the way back home, Bill told me that once, not having a suitcase, someone had assembled a carton box with a handle, and his sister-in-law, who is from Hawaii, pointed at the box and said, “This is Hawaiian luggage.”
“I guess we will get a piece of Hawaiian luggage for you to carry your stuff,” Bill said with a smile.
Later that afternoon we saw the solar eclipse.
I got the image below from the following website
It was interesting to see the shadows projected on the wall.
Again, we had a nice dinner, enjoyable conversations, and I had a lot of gratitude in my heart. I realized that the Wingates were the ones who created the conditions that allowed me to experience such happiness.
I said my own little prayer of gratitude and recommitted to help the people I meet.