It has been two months since we arrived back here in York, and we are getting very anxious to hit the road. We have one more event to attend before we leave, the Mens Health “Urbanathlon” in Queens, NY on October 26th. This is a ten mile run/climb around the area of Citi Field (home of the Mets) and the US Tennis Center. Participants climb over numerous obstacles and run up and down the steps in both stadiums during the ten mile course. Our daughter, Jessica, is participating so we intend to stay here until after the event.
In the mean time we have been hanging around York, getting to know what life would be like if we had retired and continued to live in our home. The boredom we are experiencing only reinforces what a great choice we made in moving into the motorhome.
The excitement last week was rain, and we’re talking rain in biblical amounts. York County received over nine inches of rain in two days, causing numerous road closures in the area. Thursday morning we attempted to drive out of the park, but found the scene pictured below at the entrance.
Fortunately, there is a back exit to the park through a neighboring property, so we were not trapped. If not, we would have had to get out the inflatable kayak, as nothing gets in the way of a run to Starbucks!
Speaking of Starbucks, when our friends Larry and Mary Anne stopped by for a visit recently on their way to Canada, Mary Anne had a small gift for Pam.
On Saturday we went to downtown Baltimore (about 40 miles south of York) to watch Jessica participate in a half marathon. While heading for the starting point, we crossed by the route of the full marathon, which was already under way. Even though there were thousands of runners in the race, Jessica quickly spotted her friend, Jeremy, passing in front of us. Jeremy was pretty easy to spot, as he was running in a Dunkin’ Donuts costume. It seems that Dunkin’ Donuts offered free entry fee to the marathon to anyone who would wear the costume and Jeremy was the first to sign up.
Soon after that the half marathon runners began their race. We brought our bicycles along so we could catch Jessica as she made her way around the thirteen point one mile course. But there were thousands of runners and she ran much faster than anticipated, so we only managed to catch her at two turns.
Jessica’s goal was to finish under 2:30. If she felt really good, she thought she could meet her ambitious goal of 2:20. But she felt good the entire run and finished with a personal record of 2:16!
With the half marathon completed we are anxiously awaiting the trip to NYC for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. Then we point this bus in a southerly direction and head out! First stop is a brief visit to Washington, DC, then another quick stop in Gaffney, SC to have the annual service completed on the motorhome, and finally, it’s off to Myrtle Beach for a little beach time!