Trip Start Mar 20, 2005
29Trip End Dec 30, 2005
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It took a hurricane and $3.00 a gallon gas prices for my family to learn how to carpool and I must say we did well. This year for the long Labor Day weekend Jason and I met my parents, Aunt Terry, Sister Layl and her family up at the ranch. I hadn't been up there since last May, so I was excited to see how things were going. Jason and I met my parents in Cheyenne on Friday night where we crashed at Grandma's house. After a great breakfast with Grandma we were on the road. Mom and I were crammed into the back seat of the truck where she was able to sleep while I read about South America
Layl, Josh, Daycia, Elliot, and Terry all came running out to greet us when we pulled up to Doris's house (my great Aunt, I think). Mom went right to cooking these wonderful chicken enchiladas for our little birthday lunch party, where I got a bunch of IOUs for gifts, don't get me wrong they are great IOUs, I just found it funny. We then headed over to Grandpa's to say hi before heading in to Hill City for a bike ride. The trail we rode on was really nice. It use to be a railroad track, however South Dakota has a new program called "Tracks to Trails" which converts old railroad tracks into walking, running, and biking trails. Even though the road was pretty flat you could tell it was an incline, it took us an hour and 20 minutes to get out and 30 minutes to get back. It was a real refreshing ride after being in the car all day. After returning the bikes we headed to an old fashion diner of great malts. Who says you can't have dessert before dinner? Back at the house my mom made her famous lasagna for dinner. At first I was worried there wouldn't be enough to go around, since we were all so hungry. But there was plenty, even with Jason and I carb-o-loading for our big run the next day.
Sunday morning Jason and I woke up at 6:30 AM to head out on a 20-mile training run for our Marathon, that is a month away... YIKES!!! At the ranch there is a 10-mile loop of country dirt roads, so we decided to just do two laps... easier said than done. The first 5 miles of the loop were easy with a slight downhill, which was really nice
After our bodies had recovered a bit the three of us met the gang at Grandpa's where we had leftover lasagna for breakfast/lunch
After a big turkey dinner we were all ready for bed by the time our heads hit the pillow. Layl, Terry and their group all hit the road pretty early. Our group however was moving a lot slower, which allowed time for Jason to get hurt by stepping on a nail. How can he work all day in flip-flops moving rocks and then step on a nail in tennis shoes right before we leave? It will always be a mystery. Once in the car Jason, mom and I continued our game of Gin, where surprising enough I came out the winner. After saying our good-byes and heading different directions in Cheyenne, Jason and I stopped off in Denver to see his sister and give her some peacock feather he had collected for some of her art.
It was another wonderful whirlwind weekend. Even with the long three-day weekend, it still flew by. Maybe because I feel like I was running during most of it.