Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Paul's Bed and Breakfast

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Friday, August 24, 2012

   This morning Calvin offered to give us a ride out to Lenoir City because he was headed that way to go to a concert in Birmingham, AL. We loaded up his car and took off. We dropped Rauno off at a truck stop just outside Lenoir to help him on his way. It was sad to see him go, but he probably wasn't sad to be finished biking for a while. We camped out at the public library in Lenoir until Paul got off work. We were thankful to be able to relax in air conditioning for the majority of the day.
    Paul picked us up around 6 and took us to his house where we showered, settled in and met his dogs before dinner. We were amazed at how cool his house was. Paul is a contractor, but on the side he handcrafts beautiful cabinets and other styles of shelving. The work he did in his home was so well done it was hard for us to believe that he did it by himself. After camping out in backyards it felt like we were staying at a bed and breakfast. While we were settling in, Paul told us that we were more than welcome to stay the weekend at his house so we could relax, and that he would drive us into Nashville on Sunday. We felt a bit guilty crashing for the whole weekend instead of biking, but we were so tired from the mountains and hills in North Carolina that we decided it would be good to get a good rest.
Paul was kind enough to treat us to dinner at Chili's, and it was nice to get to know him over a couple beers and steak fajitas. We talked about some of his traveling experiences and he gave us some advice on ours. We hit the hay soon after dinner, we were exhausted!
In the morning Paul helped us hash out the rest of our route. Turns out we did pretty good research on our own because we barely had to change a thing. We made a big breakfast afterward; eggs, bacon and toast! It was nice to cook in a kitchen instead of on our propane stove. The rest of the day was devoted to lounging around and catching up on rest. 
Paul had a date in the evening, so he showed us where his movies were and told us to help ourselves to his pantry for dinner. We decided that a chicken, garlic, tomato, white sauce pizza fro Domino's sounded better, so we made the call. The delivery man got a bit lost on the way, so we walked out on the front porch to attempt to give him directions. We failed miserably and eventually just had to cancel the order. We turned to walk back in the house, but didn't get too far. Turns out Paul had locked the door knob lock on his was out of the house and we were locked out! We stood in shock for about 30 seconds before we saw a pair of headlights coming down the drive. We remembered that Paul lives on the same property as his parents, so we ran towards the car waving our arms. Paul's dad pulled over and took in the sight of us in our pj's and bare feet. We explained our situation and he drove us back up to his house. Paul's mother was just finishing up a Texas chocolate cake as we walked in, so they fed us hot dogs, chips and garden fresh tomatoes for dinner and the most amazing chocolate cake for dessert. They blew us away with how welcoming and warm they were; it was a pleasure to be in their company until Paul came home from his date.
    Paul got home around 10 and we went to bed shortly after; we needed to get an early start in the morning to beat the traffic to Nashville.
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