The travel day concluded with my Mom and I successfully arriving at our hotel in Baltimore. 5th trip here in 2 years. Thankfully, we stay for free through an organization called the Livingston Foundation. The Livingston’s set up a suite at a nice downtown Baltimore hotel for cancer patient’s needing treatment at Hopkins. Their young son had died with leukemia and this was one of the ways they honor him.
After getting settled, I headed to Light cycles to rent a bike for the 6 day that I’ll be here (if you click the link, notice their description of where they’re located). That bike shop was great. Reminded me of many back home…more like Klunk than anything else except they had tons of really nice carbon road bikes. After looking around a bit, I saw what I was looking for:
There’s a sweet spot in my heart for steel bikes and this one was gorgeous. I always really liked LeMond bikes.
Anyway, the owner of the shop Penny, was amazing. She was just getting back from the state capital, having spent the day lobbying for a 3-foot law for cyclists in Maryland. She said her other big issue has been health care reform over the past few years. Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about. What a hero; total shirt-off-her back small business owner.
I woke up early today and found myself disappointed to learn that the ground coffee I had might not work in the tea-maker disguised as a coffee maker in the hotel. Bollocks. Oh well, I jumped on the LeMond and cruised around downtown Baltimore at 5:30am looking for a French press. Yes, that’s what I just said; 5:30am, looking for a French press. Maybe it was just an excuse to go ride the bike around on empty, dark city streets at 20 degrees? After riding to all the little artsy coffee shops I knew of, I finally found one at Caribou coffee…returned back to the hotel and enjoyed a wonderful cup of the black. Next, one of my 2 breakfasts that I’ve been having over the past month, while on a low-iodine diet:
My appointment at Hopkins was for 1pm. Basically I showed up and took a pill. In the past, I've drank it with a straw, so this was a little less fun but certainly painless. I wonder if I'll set off any detectors at the airport next Tuesday.