Degrees of separation
Posted 07/03 by Ruthie BenDor
Towards the end of my ride yesterday, I was excited to run into a group of long-distance cyclists—four Canadians doing the loop of Lake Erie. I wondered whether I’d encounter them again today, especially since they said they’d be starting early and I didn’t hit the road until 9:30—but after only an hour’s riding, I turned a corner and there they were!
Brian, Laura, Ernie, Mel and I were all going the same direction, so we rode together into Ohio.
We had a delicious roadside lunch—well, delicious for me; Laura is a nutritionist and wasn’t totally thrilled with the grease level.
After lunch I lent Ernie my phone so they could find their way back to their pre-printed route, and we parted ways with waves and smiles all around. Nice to meet you all!
My journey today took me south, away from the shore, to a little town called Jefferson. Four degrees of separation connected me to my hosts tonight - my friend Ben’s partner Nina’s college friend Meagen’s parents-in-law. Yes, I was chuckling about this for much of the afternoon.
Meagen, Evan, their two sons, Evan’s brother Nathan, and Nathan’s wife Megan (yes, two Megans!) were all there for the night, too, so after dinner I pitched my tent in the backyard and fell fast asleep.
Jack and Mary, thank you for hosting me! It was lovely to meet you both.