5.01.07: A Slow Day Full of Stories

Weather: Humid, muggy, low 90s

Ride: 3.3 miles Check out our route


As the humidity increases, we are learning how to be slow.

Today we drove to Meridian, MS for lunch with Johnny Davis and wife Sherry. Meridian is the closest big city to York. This is where many people go to work and shop (it’s about a forty minute drive). We had a bit of culture shock seeing all of the strip malls and big box stores. Johnny and Sherry shared their inspiring York stories with us. Johnny proclaimed York as “the world’s best kept secret.” They are excited about the recent opening of their new antique shop called the Watcha Ma Callit Store.

In the afternoon we took a slow, short ride to visit with Mary Zeno, a local poet. We were happy to sit in her yard, drink ice tea and listen to her wonderful poetry. She recalled for us stories about her dad, who was known as ‘ol’ wheelbarrow man”. After he finished his day job as a janitor at one of the mills, he would walk around town with his wheelbarrow, offering his services as a handyman. Children and dogs always followed him; they all loved to be around him.

As one of our service activities, we are typing up Mary’s new poems and preserving them for her on a CD.


We talked to our neighbor Doug about some good routes to take for our future rides.


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