Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday afternoon, it was time to finish repacking the bags. Took a nap, and prepared for the banquet.
The banquet was held at the N. Myrtle Beach VFW Post. Food was prepared by the folks of the post. Menu was stuffed chicken or stuffed pork, apples, carrots, potatoes, green beans, salad, cake, and ice cream. There was plenty of good food.
Guest speaker was the County Veterans Service Officer from a North Carolina county. (Sorry, I did not write down the names.) It was a very informative session.
No one offered to host next year's reunion. For now, we will see if something can be worked out for Columbus, GA (Fort Benning) as 2011 will be the 45th anniversary of the 199th formation.
The photo above is the group shot of the reunion banquet attendees. I am not in the photo because I took it (as the official photographer). I should mention I donated three 2011 "Bicycle Trails" calendars. Promising that the will be ready and sent September or October.
This morning, it was load the car and eat breakfast. Said the "good-byes" for the year. Was on the road about 9:30. (OH - and with all of the problems we had at the hotel, the knock off 2 night's room - that helped!)
Seemed that it took forever to get to Columbia, SC. Checked into my motel in Asheville about 4pm. After moving into the motel, headed to downtown Asheville for dinner. Looking forward a local brew and a burger, I took the desk clerk's advice and ate at the Bier Garden on Hayward St. Good food and good beer.
Was very happy to leave the heat and humidity of the coast. By the time I got to Asheville, it was marked cooler and threatening storms.
Plan for tomorrow is to tour Biltmore Estate and the Gardens. From there, stop by BioWheels bike shop to check out info for local trails.