This weekend was fully made of awesome (well, actually peaches and pickle juice). Talia and her husband pulled out all the stops to treat The Family Stone to some fine hospitality. No one does haute country cuisine quite like Talia - she does a cornbread version of panzanella that will make you want to HURT someone it is so good. There were so many highlights to our visit to Parker county, I can't even recount them all. Fine food, fine friends - with four of my favorite people in the entire world, all together in one wad.
Talia and Noah really live a lifestyle depicted in the Prine song. Their small home out in the wilds of Parker county was hand-built by Noah (with a little help from Bick with the roof trusses) about 13 years ago. He does most of the design and landscaping work and Talia has picked out the yard art. They are both fabulous at up-cycling things. It is a place with both energy and restorative qualities - it really is amazing - and my city-loving daughter and her city-slicker husband were ready to move right in.
Then it was off the the rally. Oh My Gee - was it fabulous. First of all, no wind. Let me say it again - NO WIND! The ride was well supported, beautiful, just the right amount of challenging and everyone seemed to having a marvelous time. I met up again with the darling Angela Pea and her youngest boy and met the girl Pods - a beautiful family. Angela and I rode together a bit and chatted and our groups stayed pretty close together the whole trip - I think we were all at the Elvis (final) rest stop at the same time. And it was at this stop that I discovered my LOVE for cold pickle juice! Who would have ever guessed? When one is hot and tired and sweaty, cold pickle juice will perk you right up! Or perhaps it was the Elvis (impersonator) sighting - anyway, it was a great, great ride. Oh, and we saw what I believe to be a Cobra car club roll through while we were at stop one! Very, very cool. We finished up the rally, to be met by Noah at the car with peach ice cream (the signature dish of this whole shindig). He handed us each a bowl of the (frozen) nectar of the gods and we went in search of some shade. Awesome ending to a great ride.
We went back to Utopia to get cleaned up, and then The Family Stone headed back into town to take in the festival. We've been blessed with unseasonably nice weather - I've been out there when it was an absolute beating from the heat - but it was nice and a bit of a breeze had developed by that time. Pebbles secured her desired peach cobbler, we walked around a bit and were on our way. As fine a few hours as I've ever spent. I am so fortunate.
Got up Sunday and rode a solo 30+ miles and came home and did some yard work and puttered around the house. We were blessed with our second rain in the last week and I am so grateful for that.
I'll be leaving the house in about an hour to ride another leg of the TdeFW this morning. I am also grateful for a work situation that is flexible enough to allow me to do this.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Eat A Lot of Peaches.