Rollin, Rollin, Rollin...

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

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Where I stayed
Judy and Tommy's
What I did
Many, many rolling hills

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Monday, August 27, 2012

    We woke up a little later than planned and gathered our stuff to hit the road. Aaron was still deep asleep so we mimed "thank you" and "goodbye" on our way out the door. Before getting too far we stopped at a local coffee shop, The Frothy Monkey, and had breakfast. We had amazing service and delicious food. Great way to start the day! It took us 30 minutes to get out of the city, but then we were on our way. 
    Our day consisted of biking many, many rolling hills. After 54 miles we had to call it quits. The road was dark and people were speeding by us. We saw a flat patch of grass and pulled over to scope it out. We decided that the grass patch must belong to the adjacent house and that we should ask before camping out on it. We knocked on the door and were greeted by an older man named Tom. We told him about our situation and asked if we could camp on his property. He happily agreed and even said that we could camp closer to the house if we'd like. A few minutes later his wife, Judy, joined him on the porch. She insisted that we sleep in the house and take showers, they even offered to make us breakfast in the morning. We only talked to them for a bit that night, but it was clear that we knocked on the nicest, warmest and most sincere couple's door possible. It's amazing how welcoming total strangers have been to us. They got us all set up in the basement and treated us like family.
    In the morning, Judy woke up to send us off, making sure that we were fed and had enough water. She told us that she was happy that we knocked on her door, told us that we were more than welcome to visit anytime, and sent us off with hugs. About 20 miles down the road we pulled over to adjust our bags. As we unclipped our shoes a car pulled right up next to us, and out pops Judy, "I never got a picture of you girls!" So she pulls out her camera and snaps a couple pictures with each of us. She also told us that her son called that morning and she told him all about how she let us stay the night. When chastised by her son about being more careful about letting strangers in, Judy responded by saying that we were lovely girls, the kind that you want in your family. She said it in such a heartfelt way that we both got a bit overwhelmed and teary eyed.
    We said goodbye once again and continued on our way. Most of our day was spent biking and waiting out the midday heat at the Huntingdon library. It wasn't until 9 pm that we arrived in our next destination, Milan. We were exhausted, so we found a place to set up camp in a church parking lot and went to bed.
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Judy Summerhill on

Hi Girls, Love the pic. hope your doing good. Axcious to hear where u are now. Loved meeting you, hope we see each other again. Come back to Nashville. Your like daughters. Love to you both Judy

amarika on

Hi Judy! We loved meeting you too. Thank you for being so generous and welcoming. Glad you figured out how to read our blog. We are currently hanging out at a hostel in Memphis waiting on some guy, Isaac, to pass through ;) Lots of Love, Amarika

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