B&B Orientation - Day 1

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The bike tree...that's what it looks like when you have to lock 31 bikes together...
Today started off with breakfast at Beau's house (made by his mom) and consisting of eggs, toast and cantaloupe...but cantaloupe just tastes bad, so none of us except for Eli actually ate any of it (Beau and I really can't stand cantaloupe).

Eli, Dylan and I went and dropped off the rental car we had driven down in and then hung out at the airport, waiting for Beau to come get us. Beau and his mom showed up after around an hour. They had picked up James (from Portland, OR) and swung by to get the three of us before picking up Megan (from Orlando, FL) and Brian from their flights. Somehow we managed to fit 6 bikes in the back of Beau's car and get everyone over to orientation.

When we got to orientation, we were the first ones there, besides the four leaders and Kristian (associate director of B&B) and Amelia (B&B director).
The group in front of last year's crappy trailer...getting ready to repaint it.
That was kind of cool, because as more and more people showed up, we got to meet everyone a few people at a time, instead of being some of the last ones in and people have already started talking and everything. While we were waiting for more people to show up, a bunch of us went and got lunch from a deli nearby and ate on the beach, which was really nice.

By the time we got back, almost everyone had showed up and it was time to start the whole orientation ice-breaker thing. We went around the circle and said where we're from, where we went to school, how we found out about B&B, why we're excited about it, and what our favorite scar is. We also played that game where someone stands in the middle and says something that is true for them and then anyone who also agrees with it, has to run and change places on the circle.
painting the trailer (named Agnes) that will carry all our stuff from Virginia Beach, VA to Cannon Beach, OR
The last one standing in the middle has to come up with another fact about themselves. Cory (from Durham, NC) ended up twisting his ankle...B&B injury #1.

After the ice breaker stuff, we started painting the trailer that would carry all of our stuff and would be pulled by the van (driven every day by a different one of the 4 leaders). We decided that last year's trip did an awful job and wasn't very creative (they had one side painted like a covered wagon...Oregon Trail...covered wagon...right) and that ours would be much better. The right side of the trailer would stay as a map of the US, but we would give it our own touches. The left side would be the landscape we would be going over (beach, Blue Ridge Mountains, plains, Rocky Mountains, [more mountains should be in here] beach). The back would be a yellow caution sign with a bike in it and around the sign, it says "Spinning Spokes and Helping Folks" which is awesome.

Later that night, George (from Greenville, SC) played his guitar for us all...he's actually pretty good, which none of us had any idea about.

Now, we all have our thermarests laid out on the floor and we're ready for bed. Time to start getting used to sleeping on the floor...haha
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The bike tree...thats what it loo…
The bike tree...that's what it lo…
The group in front of last years …
The group in front of last year's…
painting the trailer (named Agnes)…
painting the trailer (named Agnes…
Nate working on the map of the US …
Nate working on the map of the US…