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The day I’d been waiting for finally arrived. Charlotte’s flight was schedule to arrive around 5:30pm on May 10th and so I spent the morning getting ready. I had ordered a couple of things on Amazon and used Alix’s Amazon Prime account to get them shipped to his place on the 11th for free. The original idea for the bike trip had been to leave on the 11th, but Charlotte was getting nervous about having to bike the day after she arrived and so was demanding a rest day. I wasn’t too happy with that but accepted knowing that it was the path of least resistance.

Although I had been planning to ride to Tampa Airport to meet Charlotte, Nelly, Alix’s mum, offered to drive me to the airport so Charlotte wouldn’t have to cycle straight after getting off the plane. We were both really happy with her kindness and so willingly accepted her offer.

We got to the airport quickly as there had been no traffic on the road even though it was rush hour and it didn’t take us too long to find Charlotte. She was pretty easy to find being the only person carrying a bicycle which I took off her on the way over to the baggage carousel. It was great for her to have finally arrived and the bike trip became even more real. After a short wait to get the rest of her bags we headed to the car park and after a bit of fiddling and creative packing we managed to get everything in to the car.

After getting back to Temple Terrace Charlotte unpacked and started putting her bike back together. British Airways had made her wrap her bicycle up and straighten the handlebars but there wasn’t much else to do than fix that and attach cages for the water bottles. We had a delicious dinner and had a discussion about when we would start. Having been picked up from the airport Charlotte was now willing to head out the next day rather than the one after. I was happy to be heading out when we had originally planned but a little concerned about when UPS would deliver my package.

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