I awoke this morning with the pleasant reminder that although I wouldn’t be pedaling, I still had plenty to do. I arranged to get myself cleaned up and was able to get a haircut in the hotel. The lady that cut my hair told me the story of a family member that had struggled with addiction and was really interested in what I was doing. It seemed that most everybody I talked to could relate to addiction in one form or another.
I then set out to get a deep tissue massage which I desperately needed. My whole body ached and I had pains and tightness that I simply couldn’t address myself with foam rolling and stretching. I was recommended to see Zach Sumrall at Hill Country Chiropractic & Wellness Center and I’m glad I did! He gave me a free adjustment and arranged for me to have a huge discount on a massage – he was really supportive of the Ride4Recovery effort. After 2.5 hours I walked out of there feeling remarkably better and ready to go speak.
I arrived a little early at La Hacienda and was able to take a look around the campus. Having ridden through Hunt the previous day I thought it would be a beautiful setting, and it really was. I was taken in to speak in front of about 90 patients, and I spoke for about an hour about what it was like, what happened and what it is like now, and how and why I am doing the Ride.
I think it went really well—at least, I enjoyed getting to meet some more new people, and hear more of their stories. I got to eat dinner there and was able to talk with one guy that was a musician and was getting out soon. He asked if I wanted to play and took me up to his “spot” where he meditated and played music. It overlooked a river and was surrounded by painted rocks that are left by the patients as they graduate the program. He pointed out one that had been left and by painted by the late Stevie Ray Vaughn whom had attended years ago whom was active and open about his recovery before suddenly dying in a helicopter crash. He told me he would be placing his rock there soon because he would be leaving in about a week.
We sat down and played for a while and talked as we overlooked trails lined with thousands of these painted rocks. As I was leaving another patient was playing guitar and we had an impromptu jam session – this guy clearly had been a professional and indeed that was true. He told me he had a one hit wonder that was a cover of a song in the early 90s. I asked him the name of the song and when he told me, my jaw dropped. Unk had spontaneously started singing this very song as it came on the radio on the way there. How crazy is that?
Unk and I both had an incredible experience there, and I was really glad that we had made it. There were times when I began to question if I was going to be able to make it in time, but I have began to trust that if it should happen it will on this trip.