"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
-T. S. Eliot, texted to me by Ericka Warren
"Worship is not just what I do at church -- worship is what I do."
"And I suppose that if all the other things Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain the books."
"Wow! I believe all those books are in heaven . . . and if they aren't, I'll ask Jesus!"
We're in Maine, less than 23 miles from Old Orchard Beach where we'll put our front tires in the Atlantic. I can smell the ocean already! Needless to say, I am thoroughly excited and a bit overwhelmed. We are with Sarah and Barry in Portland (Maine) for tonight and tomorrow night. We'll do some sightseeing and eating before we head Boston on Sunday. I think Paul Miller is going to meet us in Boston and be our guide to good food and sightseeing. We are looking forward to seeing him and having a super weekend.
Jonathan and I started pedaling around 7:00 A. M. and arrived in Sanford at 12:05 this afternoon just in time to meet Margaret at Jerry's Cafe. We pedaled 63 miles today. After we ate lunch we packed up the bikes and gear and headed to Portland.
The roads today ranged from extremely smooth to brutal! We are not sure whether or not to award the Worst Roads Award to Illinois or New Hamphire. Even Maine gave us some major craters!
Our license plate count went up by one today. We found a New Hampshire tag. We also found a Maine tag but it was so beat up we didn't take it. We are getting picky, aren't we? We still need Idaho, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine!
This evening we ate at "the good table restaurant" in Cape Elizabeth. We had the best time of any meal on the ride. The owner, Lisa Kostopoulos, and our waitress, Mellissa were absolutely the best anywhere. Lisa kept checking on us and talked with us about our trip. (Barry had to correct her New England pronunciation of Vidalia.) Mellissa kept us in stitches while she served our table like we were the only people there. And . . . to top things off, the food was incredibly good! If you ever get to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, you must eat at "the good table."
I believe the reason we had such a great time is that Lisa and Mellissa love people. I'm sure business is important to them but I came away feeling like we really mattered. It seemed important to them that we had not just a meal but an enjoyable dining experience. We did! Lisa and Mellissa made our day and we want to say thank you!
When I think back over this evening's experience it all reminds me of Romans 12:9-11, "Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the lord enthusiastically."
People from all professional backgrounds could learn much hanging around "the good table." The folks there love what they do and do what they love!
Oh . . . the bottles on the table? Root beer!