Monday, October 15, 2012
Mother Road Marathon
After the race, I drove a 140+ miles down to Fort Smith, Arkansas and had dinner with an old buddy that I had went to school with at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas in 1956 and 57. I have seen him since 1958. We had a great time recalling those days, old girlfriends and classmates.
I spent the night in Fort Smith and then this morning, drove 40+ miles to Subiaco Academy, which is located in a monastery. I went up to the lake, where we use to hang out and then to the monastery. It is a beautiful place up on a hill. My wife and I walked the grounds and were greeted by one of the maintenance workers and a member of the faculty. We were escorted up to the Abbot's office, who heads the monastery and the academy. We received a very warm greeting and had a nice visit with him. He was a student at the academy while I was there. Also, one of the Brothers at the academy was called to meet with us, because he was a student at the Academy when I was there. It has been over 50 years since I was there, so I was due for a visit.
We drove down through the mountains in western Arkansas on our way back home. It took a while, but the drive is worth it. We finally made it back to Huntsville a little after 9 tonight. At 10 p.m., I went to the track and ran laps. I will sleep well tonight.