Thursday, June 9
We got up and secured our reservation at the Peachy Park & Fly with Mike, who said he knew just the spot for us. We had Tom back the RV out of their long, steep driveway and were on our way to the convention at about 8:45 a.m.
Parked the van, got our luggage out, loaded the bikes into the camper van, and hopped on the airport shuttle. We told them we were flying Delta and away we went. Getting off, I gave James a tip and he said, “Thank you Ma’am; I’ll take good care of your house for you while you’re gone.” We found the MARTA terminal and successfully bought tickets and got in the right train (of course all trains go to Peach Tree Center, our destination.)
When we arrived at the hotel, we were on hold until 1:00 p.m. to register for the convention and an undetermined time for hotel check in. I asked one of the ladies at HDSA registration if Robert Coffey was available; he was not, so I asked if she would convey a message that we had arrived and she said she would.
The first day of the convention, Thursday, consisted of registering and getting our “packets”, then checking into our rooms. They had the annual Walk of Hope at 5:00 p.m. that went around the hotel for almost a mile. The walk was followed by a welcome reception complete with a buffet including beef brisket, chicken tenders, macaroni & cheese and a variety of marinated vegetables, rolls, cold cuts & cheeses. There was no “program” per se. Louise Vetter, the CEO of HDSA, welcomed everyone, announced the morning schedule then bid us all good night.
We spent time with Alina del Rio (who rode past Bike for the Cure rides in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). We saw Karen Milek and told them both that Marie sent them greetings. Marie first met Karen at the Convention in 1998 in Denver. Karen is presenting this year, in one of the workshops.
All for now,
Sherri & Mary Ann