Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 7 - Sumter to Columbia (46 miles)

Today was another perfect Bike and Build day. This morning we were awoken at 5:30 to the beautiful sounds of the Backstreet Boys. Any early morning grumpiness was serenaded away by the words of "Larger Than Life" and "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely." We ate a quick breakfast of cereal and cinnamon rolls and we were on our way. 

The route was very beautiful this morning. The terrain is starting to change now that we're farther away from the coast. Much to the excitement of some (and the dismay of others) we actually hit some hills today. I am pumped!! New terrain means that we are getting farther into our journey across be country. 

I've got a lot of pictures from today!! Here they are:

It was Sarah's birthday today so the magic white board was decorated in her honor. 

"Well that was weird" Rae chalked on the road after a random short stretch of gravel road. 

The real "chain gang" posing next to their sign. 

Eliza napping in the shade at lunch. 

During lunch, a bunch of us went swimming in a pond near the lunch stop. It was a pretty gnarly pond with lots of gunk and miss but the temperature was perfect and it was awesome!! Sooo refreshing!

Kat and Travis with twin skull socks. 

My sophisticated leader with his asymmetrical shaving job. 

Sarah's leg covering in chair grease. "I don't know how this happens!!!!"

The capital building in Columbia, SC. 

Today, the group really put their "Donation Magic" to work. Donation Magic, DM for short, means basically that we get stuff for free by telling people a out what we're doing. We try to DM things for the entire group, specifically food, because any food we don't have to buy for the group means more money can be donated to our affordable housing  cause. Today, we got two dozen donuts, two pounds of coffee, Panera bread for tomorrow, a bunch of granola bars from Starbucks, and frozen yogurt. Awesome!!!

I am so tired. 45 miles tomorrow and 5:30 a.m. wake up call. Goodnight!!

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