Day 50: Pettisville, OH to Toledo, OH
Wow, day 50. Crazy. Another hot one. Jenny made a great breakfast and after discussing my dynamo setup with Rebecca, I was off. It was going to be a short day of riding, and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with myself in Toledo all day. First stop: Game store!
Some back story: If you are reading this, you know I love boardgames. I also love listening to boardgaming podcasts. Yes, those are a thing. Especially on this trip, it gives me a little outlet into my gaming obsession--I can (and do) spend a lot of my time on the bike listening to strangers talk about the games they've been playing. I know, it's weird.
One of the podcasts I listen to is the Plaid Hat Podcast. Plaid Hat Games is a company that makes boardgames, their most well known is probably Summoner Wars. I don't really even play many of the games they make but I like the personalities on the show, and I've been listening to them for as long as they've been around.
As such, I know their HQ is in Fremont, OH which is on my route, so about a week ago I emailed them telling them about my trip, that I'm a fan of their podcast, and asking if they knew of any places I could play games while I was passing through. I got a response the next day that basically said they are super busy this time of year with conventions and thanking me for supporting them. No problem, it was a shot in the dark, I just thought it'd be fun to game with some of them.
Fast forward to today. I stop in Checkmate Games in Toledo to check out the store. There are a few guys in the shop, setting up a game. In order to explain away why I am in spandex and sweaty, I tell them about my trip and my game store visits. We introduce ourselves, and I meet Mark and Alex. For some reason I brought up that I had emailed this nearby game company called Plaid Hat Games to ask about game store advice, and Alex says "I'm the Alex on the Plaid Hat Podcast."
So weird. So this guy puts together the podcast every week, and as he starts talking more, I completely recognize his voice. He starts asking me all sorts of questions about my trip, and then tells me he is going to run home to grab his computer so we can record an interview for the podcast. He then proceeds to do just that. I might be on their podcast next week, which is pretty neat.
So that was my over-explained highlight for the day. We also played some games--I was in the store for about 5 hours. They brought in pizza, it was a good time.
Eventually I needed to pry myself away from my boardgame celebrity sighting and meet my Warm Showers hosts Dan, Wendy, and their daughter Sarah. Once again, great hosts, super generous, and fun conversation. There was a dead chipmunk, coffee cake, a downpour (first rain since Glacier but I don't really count it since I wasn't riding and was in a walled structure), and lots of laughter.
Whew. Long winded update. Another short day tomorrow!
Posted: Sept. 12, 2013, 2:32 a.m.