We spent the last weekend visiting our friends, Pam and Craig Stimmel, in Cincinnati, Ohio. As usual, good times were had, although some of them were harder than they looked.
Saturday, we arranged for a Pedal Wagon bar crawl. The idea behind the Pedal Wagon is pretty simple: a driver steers and operates a brake while the rest of the people on the wagon pedal and provide the power (apparently there is a motor, too, but we didn’t see a whole lot of it). Easy concept – damn hard to execute. Particularly hard when it’s 95 degrees outside and humid. Still, we wanted to do something goofy with our Pedal Wagon bar crawl to make the photos even better, so we wore ridiculous wigs while we pedaled around downtown Cincinnati (per Anna’s request). About 30 seconds into our first trip, everyone was covered in sweat, but we recovered enough to do some mechanical bull riding at the second stop and then belt out “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the way to our last stop. The photos of this day speak for themselves.
Sunday, we headed across the mighty Ohio River to a party on the Kentucky side to watch the Labor Day Fireworks (a Cincinnati tradition). We couldn’t have asked for a better location – the party was right on the river, and we had a great time playing Boom (it’s too hard to explain, but it’s a very intense drinking game that requires a lot of yelling and flying cups). The fireworks were
amazing and lasted for almost 30 minutes.
After the fireworks, we headed back to Cincinnati in a couple cabs. Anna and I (and Craig) had a bit of an adventure getting home. As we were passing through an intersection, a car turned right in front of our cab, and they collided. Nobody got (seriously) hurt, but Anna and Craig got pretty banged up. Banged up enough that for a night cap, we headed to a nearby emergency room so they could get checked out.
After lying about on Monday and letting muscle relaxers to kick in, we headed back to Chicago having completed our whirlwind tour of the Midwest. Next up: Anna’s half marathon in Chicago on Sunday!