Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rest Days in Roanoke, Virginia

Saturday, 3 September: a day of driving to arrive to a warm welcome at Billie's house in Roanoke. We met Billie and JD 2005 on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We were finishing our Southern Tier bike tour. They were riding the opposite direction across the Southern Tier then up the Pacific Coast. We have been friends ever since. 
Billie is an excellent cook.  She made Eggplant Parmesan on Sunday night - which I didn't think I even liked until I tasted this recipe.
She has the stove of every cook's dreams:
Every afternoon we had Billie's wonderful cappuccinos.
Billie's family:  (L-R) Isaiah, Ricky (grandsons), Christie (daughter), Billie, Shay (Jason's daughter), Jason (Christie's boyfriend)
Billie, thank you for letting us stay at your house and rest these past few days.  You are a wonderful friend and we appreciated your hospitality very much. 

Tropical Storm Lee began dumping rain on Sunday and continued through Tuesday when we were driving toward Nashville.  We got a motel in Franklin, about 10 miles south of Nashville.  It's no fun to put up a tent when the ground is soaking wet and it's dark.

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