Monday, July 29, 2013

Surprise day off!

July 26, 2013
Build day/day off in Tulsa, OK

Today was supposed to be a build day in Tulsa, but at breakfast they regretfully told us that they didn't have anything for us to do that day. There are only a few things that large groups like us can do, and it was forcast to rain, so everyone agreed that it might not be worth it. However, the Tulsa Habitat was amazing and provided us with both breakfast and lunch! After breakfast a group of us went to a coffee shop and sat around in shock, wondering what we were going to do with our day. It's a very weird feeling to waver from the routine on this trip. After coffee, we did what any Bike & Build group would do on their day off--we went to the local bike shop! Almost every bike shop we've gone to has been super excited about what we're doing so they often give us discounts and this one was no exception. From the bike shop, we walked to lunch through the center of the universe again. It was still mind blowing. We looked silly standing in the circle saying crazy things while business people of downtown Tulsa were walking past us. Lunch was at a Mexican restaurant and provided us with SO much food it was ridiculous. Right when we got back to the Powerhouse after lunch, most of us passed out. I took a TREE hour nap and didn't really want to get up when I did but I felt like I should or I was going to sleep until the next morning. Dinner was provided by an avid cyclist and Bike & Build supporter at Cici's Pizza. It is a buffet style pizza chain restaurant, something I've never seen before and probably will never see again. The highlight of the day came that night though when we had our Christmas in July celebration. We turned on a YouTube video of a crackling fire with an hour of Christmas music playing in the background. It was absolutely over the top. We also had a halfway there cake sent to us by a rider's family! It was truly a joyful occasion. The presents were all amazing and ranged from pins and stickers to a small nerd gun and a vintage tape measure. I had found a scream Halloween mask at a flea market a few days earlier that I gave. I'm hoping it doesn't turn into anything too crazy with people scaring each other. Tonight was so much fun being with everyone and celebration together. I can't believe we've made it halfway already! A shout out to my awesome uncle and cousins for sending a giant box of snickers for the team! Best mail drop package yet!

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