This day ended with a deck cook-out and we met many new friends. It was a great relaxing day.
Then comes Day 12. I choose to call this "the normal day of a star." Dan set his alarm for 7 am but we were awakened at 6:45 by Steve yelling "Time to get up! Fox called and they want us in the studio by 8 am! I done caught me a celebrity!" (Steve is a funny guy.) I get up and do my business then I get served breakfast. We get all the bike gear in the minivan. Dan is dressed like he's going biking instead of the truth - he's benefitting from hanging out with a star.
The three of us (Dan, Steve & me) get the bike and the trailer and all the gear in the correct elevators and roll everything down hallways until we're met by the lady in charge. We're to get everything hooked up, put it in the hallway, and wait in the snack room (with the other stars for the morning show). Dan looks nervous, I was just sleepy.
At 8:30 they call us to the door of the studio so we can roll everything in during the commercial. We hear comments like "Just how long is that bike?" and "The studio's not big enough." But we get it in there and they move it this way and that - I just watched, being the star. Before it was our turn we saw two news people doing their thing, then the weatherman, It was all one room but each corner looked like another set. Then it was our turn. I expected Dan to do the talking - I was riding to the top on my looks and the way I get in and out of the trailer. Everyone exclaimed over me when the piece was done. Even the news persons came over for the opportunity to touch me on the head.
Then we leave and the humans must eat. We don't get to the actual ride until 11:30 where we begin the ride at Yale University. However, the first portion of the trail is closed. Steve talks to Russ, the gatekeeper, and explains who I am. Gates are opened and Russ escorts us through the restricted area. In this picture, Yale is in the background.
The bike has problems again and Dillon Pronovost, owner of Chesire Cycle & Repair, fixes the probems. Dillon says there is no charge since it is for a star. This is my friend Dillon: While at the bike shop, a reporter drives up and says she needs to interview us for her paper. Again, I allow Dan to answer her questions. We then go across the street to a gas station for a drink. The owner and two of his customers ask if they can have a picture taken with me. I have always allowed that.
When we are two miles from Steve's house in this gloomy, rainy day, a car stops and asks if we would like to spend the night at their place. We say no, we are staying with Steve. They just wanted to make sure I was taken care of. I suppose this sounds like special day to some, but I am a star - one gets used to it.