Today was gorgeous! The weather couldn't have been more perfect.
I stopped for groceries in the morning and met a man in the parking lot who was riding his grandson's bicycle, though he said he had many bikes of his own. He asked a bunch of questions and then offered me some military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) that he gets from Fort Bragg and gives to homeless people and other folks who could use them. I accepted two. They're much bulkier than my usual food, since about half of their volume is packaging.
The day was so nice I decided to go farther than I had to, in order to make tomorrow a shorter day. I arrived at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area at sundown and fired up one of the self-heating MREs. The "escallopped" potatoes were pretty good once I added mayonnaise. I feel a new sense of solidarity with my cousin in Iraq; maybe I can find a way to send him some mayo!