Thursday, June 12, 2008
Day 12 Rest Day in Salt Lake City, Utah
This was the best rest day! My good friend, Becky, who moved to Idaho about 2 or so years ago met up with me and my riding group yesterday afternoon and we had the evening and the day together today. We went to our favorite restaurant last night that we use to always go to together in California, Souplantation (we actually always went to Fresh Choice but its the same thing) and we had time to talk, catch up, and just spend time together. It was a blast! There is nothing better than getting to spend time with a close friend, especially when we hadn't seen each other in years.
So my rest day wasn't much of a rest day but was very fun. I woke up early and was excited to throw on my running shoes (which just arrived in the mail from my mom when I got into Salt Lake City - I was super excited) and I went for a 7 mile jog - I haven't ran in months but I felt like a million bucks! It was nice to be running as the sun was rising over the snow covered mountains while I listened to my favorite music on my IPOD and just felt the greatness of feeling my body run!
I came back to the room at 8am to find Becky and my roommate awake. Becky and I went to explore Salt Lake City together and just catch up as we walked around the city. We had a tour of the Mormon tabernacle or temple square or something like that... we did a full tour (about 30 minutes) where the missionaries told us about the Mormon faith. It was interesting to learn more about. I don't know much about being Mormon but heard all about the Mormon culture from Becky - and it certainly is a DIFFERENT culture and something I am not too familiar with though I did learn enough to know the Mormon religion is rather exclusive. However, they have some family values that I really respect. The temple square was amazing and gorgeous and I feel like I learned a lot by being able to take that tour (and I went on a tour about their family values also which was very interesting).
We ended up seeing most of the city - we saw the Capitol building, a country concert at a local park, a mall for lunch, and ended the day sitting down to watch the movie, Sex and the City. We came back to the motel for a glass of wine and our goodbye. It was so nice to see Becky and to spend the day with her in Salt Lake. I couldn't have asked for a better rest day (or a less restful one!) :)
I must admit I am very excited to get out and ride more of Utah tomorrow - I love being on my bike!