July 3 – Marshall – Covington, KY
The eve of July 4th. This was the first time in the entire trip where we stayed in a hotel. To be more specific it was the Embassy Suites, located across the bridge from Cincinnati, OH. Suepinda and Kevin gave us each $20 and pretty much said get out and explore the city, be back by 11. And naturally, we went out to find some Chinese food. Unfortunately, today was Sunday and all the local shops were closed down.
After separating from the rest of the the group me and Ibn stayed in Covington and walked around for hours trying to find someplace to eat. Around 9 pm, out of desperation, we finally walked across the bridge into the city. To my amazement we were greeted by Iron Man 2 playing on a big screen in the town square, and more restaurants than I wanted to choose from. Coincidentally, we found the rest of the group in the first place we entered and after eating we went out to the square to watch fireworks. It was great to have the freedom to walk around the city and do what you wanted, such as Kyvon dance-battling little kids and a homeless man. It’s a type of freedom we don’t have while on the bike and I can speak for the group when I say that this was a bonding experience, which brought us all closer.