It turns out that Nanette and Dan are from Decatur and Roswell, right near where I grew up in Sandy Springs! Nanette also taught at a summer camp that I attended when I was very young; I don't remember much, unfortunately, but it sure is a small world. She's also a bird bander, something I dabbled in briefly, and makes incredible jewelry from repurposed bike parts. Did I mention Dan and Nanette are both cyclists, too? I had bought some chainlink earrings a little while ago for Tam, but she had tragically lost one of them to the black hole under the passenger seat in her car. When I mentioned this to Nanette, as well as my intention to get Tam new ones at some point, she brought out her stash and gave Tam a beautiful necklace!
Chain links surrounding French gemstones below, quartz necklace from Wiseman above
Very cool people indeed. Friendly, generous, kind... the world would be better off with more like these four (including Nanette, even though she's taking the picture).
After transitioning our gear back to our bikes and putting the bikes back together, we had some awesome Thai food from a little place that was recommended to us by Spencer, the guy we went packrafting with. The restaurant was in a bus. In the past few days, we have ordered pizza, fries, and now Thai food from vehicles, and all of it was extraordinarily scrumptious. We rode about 15 miles out of town, passing our first sign for Canada (213 miles!) and me getting the first flat of the trip from a staple-like piece of metal in my tire. We're camped right now at a scenic overlook above the Copper River with Mts. Sanford and Blackburn, both over 16,000 feet, dominating the horizon. Life is good.