So, after the round 2 legs were over, we loaded up into the van and started to make our way along the almost hour long drive to the next exchange point. Along the way, we happened upon the crown jewel of late night/early morning dining:
It was about 4:30am when we stepped inside and for some of us, I think it was the only time they'd been to waffle house sober. It was definitely the first time for me in a LONG time. Mary and Adrienne opted to sleep in the van, while the rest of us got some food.
I was starving. And I ordered a cheeseburger and scarfed it down. It was what I needed. I was perking up after my mini breakdown. And now I realize, it was more from the exhaustion than anything else that got me so upset. It had been a long day and I put a lot of pressure on myself during the entire process. I wanted everything to go perfect, especially since I had planned it all. If I'd just cracked open a beer after that last leg, I can guarantee you that I wouldn't have cried like a baby for a good 20 minutes... but, at 3:30am you aren't thinking too clearly. Next year, I'll know.
After our breakfast? we headed to the next exchange spot, Woodford Reserve, and decided to try and catch a little sleep before our final round of legs got started in a couple of hours.
I ended up in the back seat with Adrienne, who is tiny. So, it worked out well, we both had enough room to semi-stretch out. The only problem for me, was that I was in the aisle section. So there was a gap between the seat and the window. I tried to lean into the gap, but it was too big and I ended up sliding down and waking myself up. So... I had to try and sleep upright. Which, I normally can never, ever do. Regardless, I think I managed to get in about 45 minutes total, which is more than I expected.
Once people started waking up and moving around... I cheerfully said... "Wow, I can't believe that with 6 other people sleeping in such proximity that no one snored!!" No one said anything. Uh-oh. Yeah, VandyMontana told me later in the day... "dude, you snored the entire night!" Oops. Sorry. That's what happens when I sleep upright, people!
Once the sun started coming out and brightening up a bit, we all got a second wind. Adrienne took off on her last leg and we drove to the next exchange point.
See those smiles?? This is probably around 7am? Maybe 8?Throughout the night our van had racked up some major roadkills...
I decided to sport my new marathon maniacs jersey for this run! Here I am trying to memorize the route while waiting for Jonathan...