Day 33: Zak Attack Update…..he is already riding back to the west coast! Just kidding, no more updates on Zak, he is soaking himself in the comforts of home! Stellar journey Zak, enjoy a cozy winter in Stowe!!!
I was right! Those beers sure made for a sluggish morning but they were well worth it. After a slow emergence from the comfy couch, Bernardo introduced me to Dancing Goats Coffee Bar just around the corner. I setup shop and bid adieu to my good friend. Seating was scarce so I squeezed into the back corner roundtable with fellow sardines. As I was attempting to organize the thoughts in my cloudy brain, an individual tapped me on the shoulder and asked “mind if I join you?” Turning to invite yet another sardine to the table I saw a familiar face (above)! My response? ”What the hell are you doing here?!” My brother Brendan ventured down from Annapolis to make a surprise visit and join me for the final leg!
As we discussed Bernardo’s stealth secret support and logistics for the trip ahead we noticed something. A bit of irony that we meet at an establishment named Dancing Goats and this painting was on the wall just above our heads (left). Foreshadowing of what NOMA may have in store for the future? We shall see!!!!!
With a boost of energy and a diminishing hangover, we made our way to Stone Mountain via a zigzag bike path. After a big smile greeting at the gate we journeyed to the beefy hiking trail. Only a mile to the summit but there was no chance Brendan was getting up the granite in those shoes! Just a friendly reminder for anyone who will be attempting to summit Stone Mountain, make sure to leave your wheel chairs, paint supplies, and wildlife disturbing utensils at home (right)!
After a quick snack and a direction sync, I continued on to our final destination of Athens. After 73 miles and a stop for some safety gear, I met B at Walker’s Coffee & Pub on College Ave. Coffee shop by day, party palace by night! Chill place to relax, get some internet usage in, and have an IPA.
Spending most of my time behind the computer, I had a full beer waiting for me as we were about to leave. A quick IPA chug warmed me up for the short ride to HoJo. Time for a shower and sleep.