So I was slammin' and jammin' toward San Fran, pretty happy with my progress when I forgot one crucial thing to prepare for before heading into the big city. I forgot that San Francisco has the most brutal hills on the planet. It wasn't all my fault seeing as how I had only heard of these legendary hills second hand, but man... I shouldn't have saved those hills for the end of my 100 mile ride. Nothing can turn a grown man into a sniveling child like a San Francisco hill. So yea... it was terrible, but in the back of my mind I had the knowledge of the amazing reward that was set in front of me, a night on a deliciously warm, comfy couch supplied by three gracious hosts, that I had yet to meet, waiting for me in the heart of the city. So I stuggeled and climbed and pushed and cried and got lost but eventually I reached the front gate of Mick and Russel and Kaylee.
Mick and Russel are life parters that co-own a high end hair salon called Carmichael Salon. Russel is the talented and creative stylist and Mick is the business savvy thinker. And don't forget Kaylee. She brings the whole picture together. The reason that I was able to get in contact with Mick in the first place was because of his connection to my mom through Guide Dogs For the Blind, an organization that supplies blind people with seeing eye dogs. So not only is the organization giving the blind a new life, it is unwittingly connecting it's members and their families to each other's couches. The night I arrived they took me out to dinner (after a good shower of course because I was looking pretty haggard) and I had for my first time chicken and waffles at the Creole Kitchen. An interesting combination but tasty none-the-less.